Expert Panel

Infectious Diseases Hub – tailored for the experts, by the experts

At Infectious Diseases Hub we aim to provide up-to-date, essential research and information on all aspects of infectious disease. Therefore, we’re currently searching for experts from the field to join our Expert Panel and help ensure that we focus on the most exciting areas and cutting edge topics.

If you would like to discuss the practicalities of this voluntary position further, or are interested in joining our Expert Panel, please email the editor outlining your experience and interest at

Rob Aldridge

Academic Clinical Lecturer, University College London, UK

Rob is an National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Health Informatics. He qualified in medicine from University College London in 2007 and in 2010 completed an MSc in Epidemiology at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). Prior to studying medicine, he gained a MEng in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Nottingham (UK) and worked in management consultancy for several years.

Rob’s current research focuses on infectious disease epidemiology and the health inequalities faced by vulnerable, and often invisible populations such as homeless, migrants, prisoners and intravenous drug users.  Rob’s unique training in engineering, medicine and epidemiology allow him to carry out research using a range of methods including mathematical modelling of infectious disease, observational, interventional and cost effectiveness studies.

Cécile van Els

Manager of the Strategic Vaccine Research Program, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands

Cécile van Els is a Dutch PhD from Leiden University and is working in the field of immunology and vaccinology. She wants to gain more insight into the quality and dynamics of protective immune mechanisms against human pathogens. Previously she has been conducting preclinical and clinical research in various pathogen models such as HIV, measles virus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, mumps virus, mycobacteria, meningococci, pneumococci, and B. pertussis. She has a keen interest in MHC presentation of epitope repertoires and has a track record in immunoproteomics-based discovery of T cell epitopes.

Currently Cécile and her team are working on research topics such as fitness and durability of vaccine-or infection-induced immune responses, immunodominance in cellular immunity, and systems immunology of B. pertussis vaccination and infection.

More new faces coming soon…