dr. HJ (Helen) Esser MSc BSc

dr. HJ (Helen) Esser MSc BSc

Postdoctoral researcher

I'm disease ecologist with a strong interest in ticks and tick-borne diseases. My PhD project focussed on ecological interactions between communities of ticks, wildlife, and tick-borne pathogens in the tropical forests of Panama, and how wildlife diversity loss may impact these interactions. I was also involved in the Eco-Alert project, for which I reviewed ecological risk factors associated with arbovirus circulation, such as the availability of suitable hosts, vectors, habitat, and favorable climatic conditions. Based on these risk factors, we performed a spatial risk analysis for the Netherlands to help identify areas with the highest potential for endemic circulation of 6 arboviruses. Currently, I'm working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Entomology, where I study the transmission dynamics and ecology of tick-borne encephalitis virus in the Netherlands.

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