Willem J. Wiersinga


Internal medicine, infectious diseases

Focus of research
Professor Joost Wiersinga, MD, PhD, Amsterdam, the Netherlands is chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases of the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam. He received his medical training at the University of Amsterdam with additional courses at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH, Bethesda, MD).

He received his PhD thesis entitled “On Toll-like receptors and the innate immune response in melioidosis”, cum laude (Professor Tom van der Poll and professor Sharon Peacock); during this period he worked in Bangkok at the Wellcome Trust Overseas Programme. Previous awards included the O'Callaghan PhD award, the Andreas Bonn medallion, the GSK ICAAC award, the ESCMID Young Investigator Award and the ANZICS Global Rising Star Award 2015.

He divides his time between patient care, teaching and research in the Center for Experimental Molecular Medicine (CEMM) all at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam. He investigates innate immune responses in sepsis, caused by Streptoccus pneumonia, Klebsiella pneumonia, Burkholderia pseudomallei and Salmonella typhi. Recent interests include the role of the gut microbiota during severe bacterial infections. His work has been published in among others Nat Rev Microbiol, Gut, JAMA Internal Medicine, PLoS Medicine and N Engl J Med.


Focus of research:

  • Host-pathogen interactions and innate immune responses in infectious diseases
  • Special interest in: sepsis, pneumonia, cellulitis, typhoid fever, melioidosis, gut microbiota