Professor Dick van Soolingen (1957) is head of the Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM and professor at Radboud University, teaching Translational Tuberculosis Research.

Dick van Soolingen has an education in medical microbiology and earned his PhD degree in 1996 at the Utrecht University with research on the Molecular Epidemiology of tuberculosis.

Since 1993, Dick van Soolingen has been the head of the Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory at RIVM.
Dick van Soolingen works within a framework of a governmental collaboration with China in capacity building of tuberculosis diagnostics, treatment and research. He is also a member of the network of European TB reference laboratories of the ECDC, and facilitates quality control of VNTR typing in Europe, commissioned by the ECDC.

Although microbiology remains at the basis of most of his work, a lot of emphasis in research is on molecular epidemiology these days, and also on evolutionary development of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, resistance development, taxonomy and diagnostics.

Areas of expertise

  • Tuberculosis diagnostics
  • Identification, resistance research, molecular typing
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Biosafety
  • Clinical relevance of nontuberculous mycobacteria