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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Curriculum Vitae


2011 - present

PhD candidate
Universiteit Gent student at Robert Koch Institute, Berlin and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Dissertation: "Malaria infection in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): patterns of Plasmodium spp. infection and impact on health"

Dr. Fabian Leendertz, Research group "Epidemiology of Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms", Robert Koch-Institut 
Prof. Pierre Dorny, Universiteit Gent, Faculty of Veterinary Medecine, Department of Virology, parasitology and immunology

2002 - 2005

MSc in Veterinary Mammalogy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

Thesis: "Control of testosterone secretion, musth and aggressive behaviour in African elephant (Loxodonta africana) bulls using a GnRH vaccine" Supervisor Professor H. J. Bertschinger, University of Pretoria

1996 - 2001

Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, with great distinction, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège, Belgium

Work and field experience

March 2013

WWF, Dzanga Sangha, Central African Republic 

Field veterinarian – Data collection for wildlife health monitoring. 

Jul 2011 - Nov 2012

Tai Chimpanzee Project, Tai National Park, Ivory Coast, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig and Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin 

Field veterinarian and PhD student – Veterinary health monitoring for the Tai Chimpanzee Health Project and data collection/analysis for PhD project

Dec 2008 - Oct 2010

Projet Protection des Gorilles, Gabon, The Aspinall Foundation

Project coordinator and veterinarian – Rehabilitation and reintroduction of orphan gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in the Parc National des Plateaux Batéké

Aug 2007 - Aug 2008

H.E.L.P. Congo (Habitat Ecologique et Liberté des Primates), Réserve de Conkouati, Republic of Congo 

Veterinarian – Veterinary care and monitoring of reintroduced chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes), behavioural data collection, camp management

June 2007

Marine Coastal Management Project, Kleinzee, Republic of South Africa

Field veterinarian – Anaesthesia of Cape Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus) for research project on foraging behaviour and energetics by Dr John Arnould (Deakin University) and Prof D Costa (University of California)

2002 - 2004

Vervet Monkey Research Project, Republic of South Africa 

Field Veterinarian – Anaesthesia and sample collection of vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) at various sites in South Africa , project by Prof T. Turner, Anthropology Department of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

2006 - 2007

Hospital of the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa 

Veterinary surgeon

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