Dr Vanessa Harris | Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development
University of Amsterdam

Dr Vanessa Harris, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, University of Amsterdam

Vanessa Harris is a Physician Scientist. She obtained her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude at Amherst College in the United States and then obtained her MD from Harvard Medical School.  She was a Fulbright Scholar from 2002-3. She subsequently completed her internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.  Her research focuses on understanding the determinants of the diminished efficacy of the oral vaccines in developing countries. She is particularly interested in potential interactions between the infant intestinal microbiome and the rotavirus vaccines. She explores this hypothesis through mouse models, human volunteer studies, and clinical trials.  She currently splits her time between Shenzhen, China where she has an honorary consultancy position at the Hong Kong University-Shenzhen hospital and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she holds positions at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and the Amsterdam Institute for Health and Technology. 


Day Three 12th October, Human @ 14:05

The intestinal microbiome and vaccine effectiveness: Correlation or causality

  • Understand the Microbiome and its interaction with the immune system
  • How to effectively manipulate the microbiome to improve vaccine efficacy
  • Potential opportunities and current challenges

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