Menno de Jong

Influenza and emerging respiratory viruses

As head of the Department, Menno de Jong’s interest in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases is broad and inclusive. However, inspired by his previous work on avian influenza in southeast Asia, his specific research interests remain focused on understanding the pathogenesis and improving treatment of influenza and emerging respiratory viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2. To this extent, his research activities include observational and interventional clinical studies in an international context, complemented by patient-oriented translational research embedded in these studies.  

Head of the team

Menno D. de Jong MD, PhD.

After finishing medical school (1991) and completing his PhD research on HIV treatment (1996) at the University of Amsterdam, Menno specialized in clinical microbiology at the Academic Medical Center (AMC). He worked as consultant microbiologist at Leiden University Medical Center and the AMC (2000-2003) before moving to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he set up and headed the Virology laboratories at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and Hospital for Tropical Diseases. In 2008, he returned to Amsterdam where he was appointed professor of clinical virology and chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Academic Medical Center. After having chaired both departments at the AMC and VUmc since 2018, he is the chair of the merged Amsterdam UMC Department of Medical Microbiology & Infection Prevention since 2020.

Team members
  • Cosimo Cristella, PhD student, Host transcriptomics in acute respiratory infections
  • Victoria Janes, PhD student, Metagenomics for microbiological diagnostics
  • Fransiscus Ginteng, PhD student, Antimicrobial resistance in Indonesia
  • Sacha Kuil, Urinary tract infections in nursing homes
  • Hana Pawestri, PhD student, Human influenza A/H5N1 virus infections
  • Frank van Someren Gréve, PhD student, Viral respiratory tract infections in the ICU
  • Adhi Sugianli, PhD student, Antimicrobial resistance in Indonesia
  • Hugo van Willigen, PhD student, viral respiratory infections in nursing homes
  • Elke Wynberg, PhD student,COVID-19  and sequelae


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Prof. dr. Menno D. de Jong