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Bieneke completed her DVM at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 2011, and received her PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-borne diseases from 2017 to 2020, where she studied tick-borne disease prevention in the context of cryptic wildlife reservoirs, backyard ticks and human behavior (using a smartphone applicaiton, the Tick App).
She is interested in the ecology and prevention of zoonotic vector-borne diseases and approaches challenges from a One Health perspective.
In 2020, she received a WGS postdoc talent grant to join QVE. Here she will be using Rift Valley fever virus, a zoonotic mosquito-borne virus, as a case study to unravel routes to pathogen persistence and spillover.