Research Groups / Onderzoeksgroepen

Parasitological research in the Netherlands

Which topics are studied?
A large variety exists in research on parasites and parasitic diseases performed in the Netherlands. Several laboratories are involved in fundamental research, mostly directed towards the development of new vaccins or drugs against important human or veterinary parasites, such as malaria, schistosomes, trypanosomes, babesia or filaria and other nematodes. Furthermore, next to this search for new treatments, research is directed towards the development of diagnostics for parasitic diseases.

This research on parasites and parasitic diseases occurs at universities and their medical or veterinary faculties, institutes and industries: see below


See also PhD Theses involving parasitology from Dutch institutes



Academisch Medisch Centrum / Universiteit van Amsterdam (AMC)


   Prof. Dr. M.P. Grobusch 

Activities Research on malaria (drug development, epidemiology)

Dr. J.J. van Hellemond & Prof.dr. A.G.M. Tielens

Activities Research on host-parasite interactions and bioenergetics and lipid metabolism of parasites (trypanosomiasis, schistosomiasis).

Dr. S.J. de Vlas & Dr. W.A. Stolk


Epidemiological studies and mathematical modeling of the transmission and control of parasitic infections.

Location Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC)
Department of Parasitology, Centre of Infectious Diseases

 Prof. dr. M. Yazdanbakhsh


The research is focused on parasite-host interactions of important parasitic diseases like malaria, schistosomiasis and filariasis. Our aim is to make a contribution to the development of new medicines and vaccines and improving diagnostic tools.

Location Public Health Laboratory Haarlem
Department of Parasitology

Dr. Th.G. Mank

Activities (Routine) diagnostics of parasitic infections.
Research on endemic parasitic infections; in particular Giardia lamblia and Dientamoeba fragilis (epidemiology, clinical relevance, genotyping, treatment)
Location Universitair Medisch Centrum St. Radboud, Nijmegen
Afdeling Medische Microbiologie/ NCMLS-Molecular Biology

Prof. Dr. R.W. Sauerwein

Activities Research on malaria (vaccine development, biology of the parasite)
(Routine) diagnostics of parasitic infections.
Location VU University Medical Centre (VUMC), Amsterdam
Department of Molecular Cell Biology & Immunology Glycoimmunology Group

Dr. Irma van Die

Activities Research on schistosomiasis and parasitic nematodes (interaction of helminth glycans with the host immune system).
Location Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Health Sciences
Section Infectious Diseases
Contact Dr. M. Campos Ponce
Activities Epidemiological studies on parasitic infections with a main line of research being the interaction of helminth infections with nutrition. Secondary lines of research are related to parasitic infections and child growth. Ongoing field research takes place in Cuba and Guatemala with additional collaborations in South Africa, Kenia and Argentina.

Researchers all participate as lecturers in the Bachelor, pre-Master and Master degree program of Health Sciences. The group is specifically responsible for the BSc course ‘Health and Environment’, ‘Introduction to Health Sciences’, the PreMSc course: ‘Infectious Diseases’ and the MSc courses ‘Parasitology’ and ‘Nutrition and Infectious Diseases’ within the Master specialization ‘Infectious Disease and Public Health.

Central Veterinary Institute - Wageningen UR (Lelystad)

Fish and Shellfish Diseases Laboratory


Dr. O.L.M. Haenen

Activities Research on and diagnosis of parasites of fish and shellfish.

Universiteit Utrecht (UU), Faculteit Diergeneeskunde 
Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology – Clinical Infectiology Division

Activities Clinical parasitology and (routine) faecal examinations for diagnosing parasitic infections in animals; Research on anthelmintic resistance in nematodes parasitizing horses and ruminants; Research on epidemiology of various parasites of both farm and pet animals.
Location ProtActivity R&D
Contact Prof. Dr. Th. Schetters
Activities Research and development of vaccines for animal health; in particular against ticks and tick borne diseases such as babesiosis and anaplasmosis.

Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (KIT)
Biomedical Research: Parasitology


Dr. H.D.F.H Schallig

Activities Bio-Medical research on all aspects of diagnosis and treatment of malaria, cryptosporidiosis, leishmaniasis and helminth infections. Next to this the group participates in health system and medical anthropological research. Thework is done with renowned institutes in disease endemic countries. The group offers courses and internships on the above mentioned subjects diseases.

Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)
Laboratory for Zoönoses and Environmental Microbiology


Dr. J.W.B. van der Giessen

Activities Research (epidemiology, molecular parasitology and risk assessment) and veterinary diagnosis on endemic or emerging parasitic zoonoses; in particular Trichinella; Echinococcus; Toxoplasma; Cryptosporidium and Giardia. National Reference Laboratory Parasites.

Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)
Microbiological Laboratory for Health Protection

Laboratory for Infectious Diseases and Perinatal Screening


Drs. L.M. Kortbeek

Activities (Routine) diagnostics of parasitic infections. Research on endemic parasitic infections; in particular Toxocara, Trichinella, and Ascaris  (epidemiology, immunology, relation with astma), Echinococcus, Toxoplasma, Leishmania and Giardia.
Location Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC)Department of Parasitology
Contact Dr. C. Kocken
Activities Malaria: vaccine and drug target identification (proteomics/gene manipulation): vaccine design, production, pre-clinical and clinical evaluation: pre-clinical drug assessment in vitro/in vivo.

Wageningen University and Research Centre, Laboratory of Entomology


Dr. W. Takken & Dr. C.J.M. Koenraadt

Activities Research on arthropod vectors of medical and veterinary significance. Biology and ecology of malaria mosquitoes; biological control of malaria vectors; vector-host interactions; ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens; vector-pathogen interactions (in particular Plasmodium spp and arbo viruses. The Lab Entomology conducts large scale field trials for malaria control as well as field studies to estavlish transmission risk of vecrot-borne diseases in Europe and the tropics.  
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