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Dr. Isabelle Desombere PhD

senior scientist

Education @ Ghent University

MSc Biology (Zoology – Biotechnology)

PhD Medical Sciences (1998)


2 years at ITG (Institute for Tropical Medicine Antwerp) _ parasitology (malaria)

26 years at Ghent University (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Center for Vaccinology) _ virology, viral and applied immunology (HBV, HCV, vaccination)

@ Sciensano since September 2016 (SD Infectious diseases in humans; Service Immune response; Unit Immunosurveillance and immunodiagnostics)

Current activity @ Sciensano

Responsible for NRC Bordetella pertussis (serodiagnosis whooping cough; consortium with UZ Brussels_VUB)

Responsible for NRC toxigenic corynebacteria (serology diphtheria; consortium with UZ Brussels_VUB)

Responsible for serodiagnosis of human and animal listeriosis

Seroprevalence studies for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DTP)

Monitoring the human immune response after vaccination

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