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Hendrik-Jan Roest graduated from Utrecht University Veterinary School in 1996 and worked for six- and-a-half years as a veterinary practitioner. In 2003 he switched to the Central Veterinary Institute, part of Wageningen UR (CVI) in Lelystad to specialise in veterinary microbiology. Between 2005 and 2012 he was head of the Laboratory for General Bacteriology. In 2006 he became OIE expert on Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM). Hendrik-Jan is the initiator of Q fever research at CVI and isolated Coxiella burnetii for the first time in the Netherlands. This led in 2013 to his PhD thesis entitled Coxiella burnetii in pregnant goats. He was member of Dutch and EU Q fever expert panels. Now he is involved in research projects on intracellular bacteria including Q fever. Since September 2012 he has been the head of several departments at CVI. He was quartermaster of the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) and is, at the moment, NCOH and DLO of Wageningen UR representative of a EJP One Health (zoonoses emerging threats) consortium preparing a program to be submitted in this H2020 call.
Hendrik-Jans areas of expertise and interest are: intracellular bacteria, zoonoses, and the One Health approach in research. He strongly believes in the added value of multidisciplinary and transboundary approaches to answer complex research questions with societal implications in the human-animal-environment interface of One Health. Connecting people and disciplines to elaborate on this approach is a leading theme in his work.