Head of Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam
Department of Viroscience, Rotterdam, Netherlands
GVN Center Director
Professor Marion Koopmans, DVM, PhD, focuses on global population level impact of rapidly spreading zoonotic virus infections, with special emphasis on foodborne transmission. Her research focuses on unravelling the modes of transmission of viruses among animals, between animals and humans, and among humans. She uses the pathogen genomic information to unravel these pathways and to signal changes in transmission or disease impact. Professor Koopmans is coordinator of VEO, a project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program. VEO aims to develop approaches for early warning of risk of emerging disease emergence, through in depth ecological studies aimed at detecting indicators of changing risk. In addition, she is also a PI in the PREPARE project, an EU funded network for harmonized large-scale clinical research studies on infectious diseases, and in a dedicated COVID-19 funded project linked to PREPARE. Marion Koopmans is the director of the WHO- cooperation center for Emerging Diseases at the Erasmus MC and scientific director of Emerging Diseases of the Netherlands Centre for One Health.