Marloes van Dorst


Research areas of interest: Vaccine responses, Immunology, Epidemiology, Parasitic infections, Environmental exposures



Leiden University Medical Center  |  Leiden University Center for Infectious Diseases

Education and Research background  

I obtained a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). Thereafter, I pursued a master’s degree in international public health at the Vrije University of Amsterdam in parallel with a master’s degree in biomedical sciences with a research specialization at the LUMC. After graduation, I was awarded with the LUMC Excellent Student PhD fellowship that allowed me to start my PhD in February 2021 in the Department of Parasitology of the LUMC. During my studies, I have gained research experiences by working abroad, including work in Nepal, Indonesia and Tanzania. I have also enriched my research experiences within the LUMC in the Department of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Parasitology.

My work on immune responses to vaccines

For my PhD project, I have partnered up with Dr. Jeremia Pyuza, a medical doctor and lab scientist from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi Tanzania. Together we study variations in the immune system of rural and urban Tanzanians and how this affects responses to vaccines.

beyond research

Fifteen years ago, as a child, I visited Tanzania. This inspired me to pursue a career in infectious diseases.