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Meta Roestenberg is physician-scientist working as a scientist at the research laboratories of the department of Parasitology and as clinician within the department of Infectious Diseases. She studied Medicine at the University of Maastricht, where she obtained her medical degree cum laude in 2004. During her medical training she had the opportunity to follow internships in Africa and South-East Asia, where she became fascinated by infectious diseases. She returned to India for additional training several months after her graduation and then decided to dedicate her professional career to poverty related infectious diseases. She completed her PhD cum laude in 2013 at the department of Medical Microbiology of the Radboud University Medical Center where she developed a human model for malaria immunity. She was trained in internal medicine at the Radboud University Medical Center and the Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital, both in Nijmegen. 

In 2014 she registered as Infectious Diseases specialist at the Leiden University Medical Center and  was awarded a VENI grant from the Dutch Society for Scientific Research and a Gisela Thier fellowship in order to pursue translational research into the interaction between malaria parasites and the skin. She now leads a research group of translational scientists, investigating the efficacy of a genetically attenuated malaria vaccine and developing human models for Schistosoma mansoni and Necator americanus.

In the future, Meta will continue to focus on clinical translational vaccine research to fight infectious diseases that cause significant morbidity and mortality among the poorest people in the world.  

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This project is part of the EDCTP2 Programme supported by the European Union (RIA2018V-2308)