Katja Wolthers, MD PhD, is a clinical virologist at the Department of Medical Microbiology of the Amsterdam UMC location Academic Medical Center (AMC). She is PrincipaI Investigator (PI) focusing on Molecular Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of Human Parechoviruses and Enteroviruses. Together with Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Dasja Pajkrt, she is heading the OrganoVIR Labs, where researchers, technicians, clinicians, and tissue engineers work together to develop innovative animal-free models for virus research.
Katja co-coordinates the GUTVIBRATIONS project and is the leader of Work Packages 5 (INFECT) and 10 (MANAGE). Within GUTVIBRATIONS, Katja will also be supervising postdoctoral researchers Carlemi Calitz, Renata Vieira de Sa and research technician Eline Freeze.
Amsterdam University Medical Centers (Amsterdam UMC) is one of the foremost research institutions in the Netherlands and one of its largest hospitals, with 1500 staff members employed in medical research. The Amsterdam UMC research is organized in 7 themes within the AMC Research Institute, where AMC Principal Investigators (PIs) are appointed to develop their own research lines. The AMC Graduate School organizes doctorate level academic training of AMC PhD students (209 PhD rewarded in 2016). This concentration of expertise makes the center a breeding ground for fruitful scientific collaborations.