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Dr Maria Van Kerkhove

Imperial College London

Dr Maria D Van Kerkhove is an Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College London and sits in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health.

About Dr Maria D Van Kerkhove

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove was born in New York and in 1999 she graduated from Cornell University with a BSc in Biological Sciences. Dr Maria Van Kerkhove then went on to complete an MSC in Epidemiology at Stanford, before earning her Ph.D. in infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she wrote her thesis on the avian flu in Cambodia.

Maria Van Kerkhove left Imperial College back in 2015 to join the Centre for Global Health at Institut Pasteur but remains an Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College.

As a previous Senior Research fellow in Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Dr Van Kerkhove worked closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and MRC Centre. To this day Maria remains a technical consultant for WHO.

Heavily involved in Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases and for the policy-making for Influenza, Dr Van Kerkove’s job is now more important than ever.

Also as a member of the WHO Task Force, Dr Van Kerkove is involved in risk assessments and analysis for pandemic influenza. Dr Maria Van Kerkove is also heavily involved in pandemic responses.

Van Kerkhove lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband Neil and two sons.

The Global Classroom were thrilled to have Dr. Maria Van Kerkove involved during our second classroom for World Environment Day, alongside singer-songwriter Jason Mraz and National Geographic fellow Andrew Brennen. Her contribution was very well received, especially as she is so heavily involved in the global pandemic response.

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