Ing. Michiel Wijnveld, PhD.

My name is Michiel Wijnveld and I’m originally from the Netherlands. I studied life sciences, with a focus on molecular microbiology, at the Saxion University of Applied Science, Deventer, the Netherlands. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I started working at the Utrecht Center for Tick-borne Diseases (UCTD) which was headed by professor Frans Jongejan and was based at the faculty of veterinary medicine of the Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands. This is where my interest in ticks and tick-borne diseases started.

In December 2013, I moved to Vienna, Austria to continue my scientific career at the Medical University of Vienna in the group of professor Gerold Stanek. Here I was able to continue my work on ticks and tick-borne pathogens as an independent researcher which led to several scientific publications. In October 2018, I started my PhD studies under the supervision of professor Hannes Stockinger and with the support of professors Gerold Stanek and Per-Eric Lindgren. After successfully defending my PhD thesis “Ecology and Transmission Dynamics of Human Tick-Borne Pathogens” I obtained my PhD degree in July 2022.

In September 2020, I took over the lead of the research group from professor Gerold Stanek after his official retirement.

Throughout my career I setup numerous national and international co-operations. Of note is the FWF-funded project “Immune responses to meat allergens” in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Vienna.

Furthermore, I am part of the steering committee of the study group on Lyme borreliosis of ESCMID (ESGBOR) and a member of the Austrian society for hygiene, microbiology and prevention (ÖGHMP) and the Microbiology Society.

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Medical University Vienna