Dr Amrish Baidjoe
Dr Baidjo is a field-epidemiologist/microbiologist working as the main coordinator for the R Epidemics Consortium (RECON) under the lead of Thibaut Jombart. RECON aims to develop tools to facilitate epidemiological analyses within emergency responses as well as developing educational material for epidemiological analyses.
Amish conducted my PhD. research at the Radboud University jointly with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, investigating the formation of hotspots of intensive malaria transmission and the effect of hotspot targeted interventions on malaria prevalence by conducting large field surveys. In addition I have been involved in the development and the applicability of field diagnostics in resource limited settings. Since 2009 he has been actively involved in applied research and implementation science in public health on the ground and have conducted and led several field surveys both on the scientific as well as the logistic front.
In 2015, he applied for the Europeans Centre of Disease Prevention and Control Field Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology programme and was awarded a two year placement at Institut Pasteur where he worked on interdisciplinary investigations within outbreak responses and surveillance efforts (e.g. health surveillance of undocumented migrants and vulnerable populations, the role of Whole Genome Sequencing in outbreak investigations, and the potential of new sequencing technologies). He was a member of the IP outbreak investigation task force for which he was deployed to French Guiana to assist during the Zika PHEIC and to smaller outbreak events with other organisations.
He is currently the president of the EPIET Alumni Network (EAN), the association for Field Epidemiologist and Public Health Microbiologists in Europe with the goal to foster a strong network of public health professionals working on the frontlines of public health. Within the EAN he is actively involved in continued learning workshops, providing reviews of current FETP curricula and serving as a member of the scientific board of the European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE).