Wim Van Bortel
- Position:Institute of Tropical Medicine - Belgium - Entomologist
Leader of WP1 “Interface with stakeholders for innovation”
Wim Van Bortel is a medical entomologist, PhD, with more than 25 years of experience in research on vectors and vector-borne diseases in Europe, Africa and Asia. He obtained his Master degree in Biology at the University of Antwerp Belgium in 1990 after which he specialised in Medical Entomology at the Institut Pasteur Paris. In 2002, he obtained his PhD at the University of Antwerp Belgium. From 2010 till 2016 he was Senior Expert vector-borne diseases at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control where he was Deputy Head of ECDC’s Emerging and Vector-borne Diseases Programme. Since 2017 he works at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM) as senior Researcher in the Unit of Entomology and in the Outbreak Research Team. His research focuses on disentangling the role of arthropod vectors in transmission systems in order to improve vector-borne diseases prevention and control in a public health context. As member of the ITM outbreak Research team he aims to enhance the understanding of what drives the transmission and spread of outbreak-prone diseases, as well as to assess different outbreak prevention and control strategies.