Prof. Dr Doctor (Doctor ). Jacco Wallinga heads the unit for Infectious Disease Modelling at the RIVM, and holds the chair in Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the department of Biomedical Data Sciences of the Leiden University Medical Center. As an honorary Professor, he works on the estimation and prediction of effect of control measures on the dynamics of infectious diseases.


Jacco Wallinga graduated from Wageningen University in 1992 and obtained his doctoral degree at the same university in 1998. Since 1997, he analysed dynamics of infectious diseases at RIVM. He became head of the RIVM department of Modelling of Infectious Diseases in 2005. He published over 150 articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and is a member of the editorial board of Epidemiology. He advises the Dutch government and international organizations on vaccination policies.

He is interested in understanding and predicting the impact of directed control measures on infection dynamics. In recent years, his research has focused on three themes: real-time estimation of key epidemiological variables of infectious disease outbreaks, characterization of contact networks using information on social contact data, and using epidemic models to interpret molecular sequence data of pathogens.


  • Modelling Infectious Diseases and Bioinformatics
  • Vaccination Programmes
  • Infectious Disease Control
  • Public Health