Laura Willen


From 2006 till 2009, Laura studied Biomedical Science at the University of Hasselt, Belgium. After which she obtained her Master’s degree in Tropical Infectious Diseases at the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2014. This master program has trained her in becoming a critical researcher capable of independently analyzing, describing and evaluating the biology, ecology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of infectious and tropical diseases. To successfully complete this master program, she performed an internship at the Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene in Antwerp and at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp where she fulfilled her master dissertation. Laura carried out the full laboratory work of her master dissertation at the Institute Pasteur of Cambodia. This internship taught her the importance of taking initiative and the challenges of cross-cultural communication. Furthermore, a training in laboratory animal science ensured that she is certified to ethically handle and execute experiments with laboratory animals.

All these experiences have triggered her to work abroad and to continue performing research for new and better prevention and diagnostic tools and treatments with regard to parasitic diseases which have a large impact on global health, especially in developing countries.


Project

2.6 Development of new sand fly exposure markers to evaluate vector control tools

Charles University in Prague (CUNI), - Coris BioConcept (CORIS), Gembloux, Belgium - Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Barcelona, Spain