The centre advises the Dutch Government on Immunology and Vaccinology and carries out research to generate knowledge and data on the immune response to infectious diseases and to vaccinations offered in the framework of the government’s infectious disease control programme.

This covers not only the current immunisation programmes, such as the National Immunisation Programme, but also emerging infectious diseases and vaccinations to be offered in the future.

Head of centre:  Diana Wouters, PhD


Key expertise

  • Immune mechanisms
  • Immuno-surveillance
  • Clinical immunology




Area of expertise

Dr. J. (Josine) van Beek

Cellular immunity
Respiratory viral infection

C.(Cécile) A.C.M. van Els, PhD 


Dr. S. (Susana) Fuentes Microbiome
Host response
Microbial ecology
Jørgen de Jonge, PhD

Viral immunology
Respiratory viruses (Influenza and SARS-CoV-2)  
Preclinical models

Dr. P. (Patricia) Kaaijk Vaccinology
Scientific writing
Dr. P. B. (Puck) van Kasteren Virology
respiratory viruses (RSV, SARS-CoV-2, influenza)
antibody functionality
reverse genetics

W. (Willem) Luytjes, PhD

Virology, in particular RSV and the influenza virus
Infectious diseases
Recombinant DNA technology

N. (Nynke) Rots, PhD Clinical trials and immunology

Dr. Jelle (J.) de Wit

D. (Diana) Wouters Immunology