Paediatric Infectious Disease specialist at the Emma Children’s Hospital, Amsterdam UMC, and head of the Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology and Immunology. He completed his PhD in Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine before he specialised in paediatric ID. His research focusses on tuberculous meningitis (TBM) in children for which he collaborates with the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He is working on various models to study mycobacterial brain invasion and granuloma formation (silico based and zebrafish models). He is also involved in a large post-mortem study of brain specimens to study host immune-pathogenesis by means of immune-histopathology, metabolomics and proteomics. Furthermore, he is involved in various studies of TBM patients in Cape Town on the topics of nutritional status, early diagnostics and disease outcome. In the Emma Children’s Hospital he does outpatient and clinical consultations and he teaches on a regular base for paediatricians, residents, interns and students.