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University Medical Center Groningen

dr. A. Tami

Associate Professor
dr. A. Tami
+31 6 3162 3586 (+31631623586)
+31 6 3162 3586 (+31631623586)






Place of Birth

Caracas, Venezuela


Venezuelan / Italian


Associate Professor in Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Spanish, English, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (intermediate), German (beginner), Swahili (intermediate)

Address      Work

Department of Medical Microbiology, University Medical Center Groningen
Hanzeplein 1 (HPC EB80), 9713GZ Groningen, The Netherlands

tel: +31 50 361 0067 fax: +31 50 361 3480


Moormanweg 10, 9831NK Aduard, The Netherlands

Home telephone: +31-50-751.0222   Mobile: +31-6-316.23586





Institution and location


Year awarded

Field of study

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London, London, uk



Public Health

Epidemiology & Statistics

Molecular Epidemiology

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London, London, uk

Master of Science


Applied Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases

Royal College of Physicians, London, uk

Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene


Tropical Medicine

Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela

MD, degree awarded with Distinction



Previous Employment and Appointments

Sept  2004 – August 2007

Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiologist

KIT (Royal Tropical Institute)
Department of Biomedical Research
Meibergdreef 39, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Aug 2003 - May 2004

Senior Scientist

Gates Malaria Partnership, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

Mar 2001 – July 2003

Senior Scientist

Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Swiss Tropical Institute. Basel, Switzerland.

May 2000 - Feb 2001

Research Assistant in Clinical Epidemiology

Department of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Nov 99 – April 2000

Clinical Lecturer  (Post-doc researcher)

Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

University of London, London, United Kingdom



Feb 2009 - present

Principal investigator of the projects:

  1. "Public health impact of chronic chikungunya  illness and performance/utilisation  of the  health  care system  in  the  face of arboviral  (dengue,  chikungunya, Zika)  epidemics  in Curac;ao Acronym:  ARBOCARIB (NWO grant ALWCA.2016.021)
  2. A Global Alliance for Zika Virus Control and Prevention (ZIKAlliance, Horizon 2020);
  3. Clinical evaluation of dengue and identification of risk factors for severe disease: a multicentre study in 7 countries (IDAMS, EU grant HEALTH-F3-2011-281803);
  4. Spatial dynamics, epidemiology and molecular epidemiology of dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses in Venezuela;
  5. Prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in Dutch and German hospitals;
  6. Sexual attitudes and Human Papillomavirus vaccination in the Netherlands.

Sept 2007 – Jan 2009

Senior researcher on infectious diseases epidemiology & public health, experience in coordination and management of field projects. Current work: a) HIV epidemiology and antiretroviral treatment monitoring in Venezuela, b) epidemiological and genetic studies on P. falciparum & P. vivax malaria

Sept 2004 – Aug 2007

Senior researcher on infectious diseases epidemiology & public health, experience in coordination and management of field projects. Current work: a) HIV epidemiology and antiretroviral treatment monitoring in Venezuela, b) Clinical trials on safety and efficacy of antimalarials in pregnancy; Clinical trials of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnant women with malaria and HIV co-infections in Rwanda and Uganda (INTERACT Project), c) epidemiological and genetic studies on P. falciparum & P. vivax malaria, and d) Improvement of case detection and diagnosis of Tuberculosis in Tanzania and Indonesia.

Co-investigator in the Programme: “Infectious diseases Network for Treatment and Research in Africa (INTERACT)” funded by Europaid and NACCAP, the Dutch branch of the EDCTP.

Aug 2003 – Jul 2004





Jan 2002- Jul 2004

Principal investigator project “Use and misuse of a discount voucher scheme as a subsidy for treated nets for malaria control in southern Tanzania”. Project funded by Gates Malaria Partnership.

Analysis of the study “A spatial analysis of the impact of insecticide-treated nets for malaria control in Tanzania”.

Other  scientific work:

Consultant epidemiologist: Surveillance of infections and resistance in intensive care units (SIR3) in Germany. An epidemiological network, funded by the German Ministry of Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung & Forschung, BMF).

Mar 2001-Jul 2003
















Responsible investigator for the project “Dynamics of malaria parasites in areas of high transmission” and co-investigator of the study “A spatial analysis of the impact of insecticide-treated nets for malaria control in Tanzania”, carried out in the Kilombero and Ulanga districts of Tanzania. Projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

The work entailed:

-          Mapping of 15000 households (25 villages), health facilities, schools, markets, major shops and waypoints that allow accurate mapping of roads, cross-roads and railway line within the established Demographic Surveillance System (DSS) in Kilombero and Ulanga districts, using global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS, Map-Info). Analysis of maps and data collected.

-          Entomological surveys during 2 years, oocyst rate and sporozoite rate (ELISA). Analysis of data collected.

-          Bednet coverage and usage survey, mortality data of members of the 15000 households. Mapping and analysis of data.

-          Support the running of the DSS

Co-investigator of the study  “Choice and people’s preferences of long lasting insecticide-impregnated nets in Tanzania”. Project funded by WHO.

May 2000 - Feb 2001

Study of the epidemiology and risk factors for the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an adult intensive care unit in the UK: molecular and classic epidemiology, bacterial culture and antibiotic resistance tests.

Nov 99 – April 2000

Study of P. falciparum var gene repertoires: DNA extraction, amplification and purification of PCR products, cloning in plasmids and sequencing.

Sep 1994 – Sep 1999


Epidemiology, risk factors, drug resistance and population dynamics of malaria among indigenous communities of the Venezuela Amazon, entailing:

Fieldwork in indigenous Yanomami and Yekwana communities, Amazonas State, Venezuela: field techniques for collection and preservation of blood, urine and stool samples for subsequent analysis. Setting up a field laboratory for diagnostic of parasitic diseases. WHO chloroquine resistant in vivo and in vitro test

Laboratory techniques: PCR, restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP), DNA sequencing, automated laser fragment analysis (ALFA), enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), indirect immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT) and thin layer chromatography.

Epidemiology and Statistics: univariate and multivariate analysis using advanced statistical software packages.

May – Aug 1994 (MSc)

Field work in a rural village in The Gambia: use of entomological techniques to study vector-host dynamics in the transmission of malaria and the use of insecticide impregnated bednets. Use of molecular biology techniques for sample analysis

Thesis: “Use of PCR to identify the individual host on whom mosquitoes in Gambian experimental huts had fed”.

Jan 1991 – May 1992

Research activities on the epidemiology of malaria, onchocerciasis and intestinal parasites among Yanomami communities, Amazonas State, Venezuela.

Setting up a basic haematology and malaria diagnostic laboratory in the field.

Sep 1989 – Sep 1990

Epidemiological, clinical and diagnostic evaluation pre and post praziquantel treatment of a focus of urban schistosomiasis, Valencia, Venezuela.

Laboratory: microscopy, circumoval antibody test, maintenance of Schistosoma mansoni life cycle in the laboratory.  






Nov 2001 – Jul 2003

Consultancy in paediatric and internal medicine at St Francis Designated District Hospital, Ifakara, Tanzania.

1995 – 1997

Daily outpatient clinic, prevention measures, microscopic and clinical diagnosis of malaria and other parasitic diseases and provision of emergency medical care 24 hour a day. Amazonas State, Venezuela

See “Previous Appointments” for rest of clinical experience information.






Sep 2007 - present

Supervision of PhD and Master students in Venezuela and the Netherlands.

Teaching infectious diseases subjects to Medical and Biomedical students at the University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Teaching in the Netherlands Course in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene of the KIT

Sep 2003 – Aug 2007

Supervision of PhD and Master students in Rwanda and of Master students in the Netherlands and Venezuela.

Teaching in the Netherlands Course in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene of the KIT

Mar 2001 – Oct 2003

Supervision of PhD and MSc students in epidemiology and molecular biology of infectious diseases. Ifakara, Tanzania and LSHTM, London, UK.

International Ifakara Course 2002 on “Medical Practice with Limited Resources”, Ifakara, Tanzania, 10-30 June 2002.

Advanced and intermediate workshops in tropical medicine for medical students. University of Carabobo, Venezuela.



Supervision of practicals for Medical Statistics and Epidemiology for MSc students. LSHTM, London, UK.


1995 – 1997

Training of research assistants, field workers and primary health care workers on diagnostic techniques for malaria and other parasitic diseases, fieldwork logistics and organisation. Venezuela.


1994 – 1997

Training of MSc students and research visitors on Molecular Biology techniques.

Supervision of MSc students on their research projects.  LSHTM, London, UK.


1991 – 1992

Training of medical students on general and tropical medicine, and research activities at a rural ambulatory. Amazonas State, Venezuela.





Honour and Awards

§  Medical Degree awarded with distinction.
§  Prize “Dr. David Ortiz Rojas” for the thesis “Epidemiological, clinical and diagnostic evaluation pre and post treatment of a focus of urban schistosomiasis, Valencia, Venezuela”, given by the Department of Parasitology and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela. September 1990.



Member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene




  1. Vincenti-González MF, Grillet ME, Velasco-Salas ZI, Erley F Lizarazo1, Amarista MA, Sierra GM, Comach G, Tami A. (2017). Spatial Analysis of Dengue Seroprevalence and Modeling of Transmission Risk Factors in a Dengue Hyperendemic City of Venezuela. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. Jan 23;11(1):e0005317. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005317. [Epub ahead of print].
  2. Van Kerkhove MD1, Reveiz L2, Souza JP3, Jaenisch T4, Carson G5, Broutet N3; Working Group on ZIKV (2016). Harmonized Research. Harmonisation of Zika virus research protocols to address key public health concerns. Lancet Glob Health. Dec;4(12):e911-e912. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30255-8. Epub 2016 Nov 1.
  3. Elsinga J, Lizarazo EF, Vincenti MF, Schmidt M, Arias L, Bailey, Tami A. Accessing Healthcare in Venezuela: a Community based Study on Health Centre Preferences in the Case of Dengue and Fever. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. Submitted, under revision.
  4. Tami A, Grillet ME, Grobusch MP (2016). Applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to arboviral disease surveillance and control: a powerful tool. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2016; 14(1):9-10
  5. Thomas Jaenisch; Dong Thi Hoai Tam; Nguyen Tan Thanh Kieu; Tran Van Ngoc; Nguyen Tran Nam; Nguyen Van Kinh; Sophie Yacoub; Ngoun Chanpheaktra; Varun Kumar; Lucy Chai See Lum; Jameela Sathar; Ernesto Pleites Sandoval; Gabriela Maria Maron Alfaro; Ida Safitri Laksono; Yodi mahendradhata; Malabika Sarker; Firoz Ahmed; Andrea Caprara; Bruno Souza Benevides; Ernesto Marques; Tereza Magalhaes; Patricia Brasil; Marco Netto; Adriana Tami; Sarah E Bethencourt; Maria Guzman; Cameron Paul Simmons; Nguyen Than Ha Quyen; Laura Merson; Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung; Dorothea Beck; Marius Wirths; Marcel Wolbers; Phung Kanh Lam; Kerstin Rosenberger; Bridget Wills (2016). Clinical evaluation of dengue and identification of risk factors for severe disease: protocol for a multicentre study in 8 countries. BMC Infect Dis, 16:120. doi: 10.1186/s12879-016-1440-3.
  6. Elsinga J, Lizarazo EF, Vincenti MF, Schmidt M, Velasco-Salas ZI, Arias L, Bailey A, Tami A. (2015) Health Seeking Behaviour and Treatment Intentions of Dengue and Fever: A Household Survey of Children and Adults in Venezuela. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 9(12): e0004237. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004237
  7. Cleton N, Godeke GJ, Reimerink J, Beersma M, van Doorn R, Franco L, Goeijenbier M, Jimenez-Clavero M, Johnson B, Niedrig M, Papa A, Sambri V, Tami A, Velasco-Salas ZI, Koopmans M, Reusken C. (2015) Spot the Difference—Development of a Syndrome Based Protein Microarray for Specific Serological Detection of Multiple Flavivirus Infections in Travelers. PLoS Negl Trop Dis,13:9(3):e0003580. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003580
  8. Grundmann H, Schouls L, Aanensen D, Pluister G, Tami A, Chlebowicz M, Glasner C, Sabat A, Weist K, Heuer O, Friedrich A; ESCMID Study Group on Molecular Epidemiological Markers and the European Staphylococcal Reference Laboratory Working Group (2014). The dynamic changes of dominant clones of Staphylococcus aureus causing bloodstream infections in the European region: Results of a second structured survey. Euro Surveill: 19(49). pii: 20987
  9. Velasco-Salas ZI, Sierra GM, Guzmán DM, Zambrano J, Vivas D, Comach G, Wilschut JC, Tami A (2014). Dengue Seroprevalence and Risk Factors for Past and Recent Viral Transmission in Venezuela: A Comprehensive Community-Based Study. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 91(5):1039-48.
  10. Tami A (2014). Venezuela: violence, human rights, and health-care realities. Lancet, 383(9933):1968-9.
  11. Hofstede S, Tami A, Liere Gv, Ballén D, Incani RN (2014). Long-term effect of mass chemotherapy on Schistosoma mansoni infection in endemic communities of Venezuela. Acta Tropica, 140C:68-76. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2014.08.003
  12. Mollers M, Lubbers K,  Spoelstra K, Weijmar-Schultz WCM, Daemen T, Westra TA, van der Sande MAB, Nijman HW, de Melker HE, Tami A (2014). Equity in human papilloma virus vaccination uptake?: Sexual behaviour, knowledge and demographics in a cross-sectional study in (un)vaccinated girls in the Netherlands. BMC Public Health, 14:288.
  13. Farrar JJ, Hien TT, Horstick O, Hung NT, Jaenisch T, Junghanns T, Kroeger A, Laksono IS, Lum L, Martinez E, Simmons CP, Tami A, Tomashek KM, Wills BA (2013). Dogma in Classifying Dengue Disease. Am J Trop Med Hyg., 89:198-201.
  14. Jaenisch T, IDAMS, Sakuntabhai A, DENFREE, Wilder-Smith A, DengueTools (2013). Dengue research funded by the European Commission-scientific strategies of three European dengue research consortia. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 17:e2320. As part of the IDAMS Consortium.
  15. Gefenaite G, Smit M, Nijman HW, Tami A, Drijfhout IH, Pascal A, Postma MJ, Wolters BA, van Delden JJ, Wilschut JC, Hak E. (2012). Comparatively low attendance during human Papillomavirus catch-up vaccination program among teenage girls in the Netherlands: insights from a behavioral survey among parents. BMC Public Health, 12:498.
  16. Huho BJ, Killeen GF, Ferguson HM, Tami A, Lengeler C, Charlwood JD, Kihonda A, Kihonda J, Kachur SP, Smith TA, Abdulla SM. (2012). Artemisinin-based combination therapy does not measurably reduce human infectiousness to vectors in a setting of intense malaria transmission. Malaria Journal, 11:118
  17. Grundmann H, Aanensen DM, van den Wijngaard CC, Spratt BG, Harmsen D, Sabat AJ, Muilwijk J, Monen J, Tami A, Donker T, Mittermayer H,  et al. (2010). Geographic Distribution of Staphylococcus aureus Causing Invasive Infections in Europe: A Molecular-Epidemiological Analysis. PLoS Med 7(1): e1000215. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000215 
  18. da Silva-Voorham JM, Tami A, Juliana AE, Rodenhuis-Zybert IA, Wilschut JC, Smit JM. Dengue: a growing risk to travellers to tropical and sub-tropical regions (2009). Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 153:A778. Dutch.
  19. Gosoniu L, Vounatsou P, Tami A, Nathan R, Grundmann H, Lengeler C (2008). Spatial effects of mosquito bednets on child mortality. BMC Public Health, 8:356.
  20. Ord RL, Tami A, Sutherland CJ. (2008). ama1 genes of sympatric Plasmodium vivax and P. falciparum from Venezuela differ significantly in genetic diversity and recombination frequency. (2008). PLoS One, 3(10):e3366.
  21. Bonjour M, Montagne M, Zambrano M, Molina G, Lippuner C, Wadskier F, Castrillo M, Incani RN, Tami A (2008). Determinants of late disease-stage presentation at diagnosis of HIV infection in Venezuela: a case-case comparison. AIDS Research and Therapy, 5:6
  22. Killeen GF, Tami A, Kihonda J, Okumu FO, Kotas ME, Grundmann H, Kasigudi N, Ngonyani H, Mayagaya V, Nathan R, Abdulla S, Charlwood JD, Smith TA, Lengeler C (2007). Cost-sharing strategies combining targeted public subsidies with private-sector delivery achieve high bednet coverage and reduced malaria transmission in Kilombero Valley, southern Tanzania. BMC Infectious Diseases, 7:121.
  23. Tami A, Mbati J, Nathan R, Mponda H, Lengeler C, Armstrong Schellenberg JRM. (2006). Use and misuse of a discount voucher scheme as a subsidy for treated nets for malaria control in southern Tanzania. Health Policy and Planning, 21:1-9. Epub 2005 Nov 21.
  24. Ord R, Polley S, Tami A, Sutherland CJ (2005). High sequence diversity and evidence of balancing selection in the Pvmsp3a gene of Plasmodium vivax in the Venezuelan Amazon. Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology, 144: 86-93.
  25. Grundmann H, Barwolff S, Tami A, Behnke M, Schwab F, Geffers C, Halle E, Gobel UB, Schiller R, Jonas D, Klare I, Weist K, Witte W, Beck-Beilecke K, Schumacher M, Ruden H, Gastmeier P (2005). How many infections are caused by patient-to-patient transmission in intensive care units? Crit Care Med, 33:946-51.
  26. Barwolff S, Grundmann H, Schwab F, Tami A, Behnke M, Geffers C, Halle E, Gobel U, Schiller R, Jonas D, Klare I, Weist K, Witte W, Dinger E, Beilecke K, Ruden H, Gastmeier P (2005). Incidence of transmission of pathogens in intensive care units Ergebnisse der SIR-3-Studie. Anaesthesist. 54(6):560-6. German
  27. Tami A, Mubyazi G, Talbert A, Mshinda H,  Guillet P,  Lengeler C (2004). Evaluation of OlysetTM insecticide-treated nets distributed seven years previously in Tanzania. Malaria Journal, 3:19
  28. Erlanger TE, Enayati AA, Hemingway J, Mshinda H, Tami A, Lengeler C (2004). Field issues related to effectiveness of insecticide-treated nets in Tanzania.  Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 18(2):153-60.
  29. Tami A, Ord R, Targett GAT, Sutherland CJ. (2003). Immune selection and malaria parasite strain structure: var gene repertoires of sympatric Plasmodium falciparum isolates. Malaria Journal, 2:7.
  1. Tami A, Grundmann H, Sutherland C, McBride JS, Cavanagh DR, Campos E, Snounou G, Barnabe C, Tibayrenc M, Warhurst DC (2002). Restricted genetic and antigenic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum under mesoendemic transmission in the Venezuelan Amazon. Parasitology, 124:569-81.
  2. Grundmann H, Tami A, Hori S, Halwani M, Slack R (2002). Nottingham Staphylococcus aureus population study: prevalence of MRSA among elderly people in the community. BMJ, 324:1365-6.
  3. Grundmann H, Hori S, Winter B, Tami A, Austin DJ (2002). Risk factors for the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an adult intensive care unit: fitting a model to the data. J Infect Dis. 2002; 185:481-8.
  4. Hori S, Sunley R, Tami A, Grundmann H (2002). The Nottingham Staphylococcus aureus population study: prevalence of MRSA among the elderly in a university hospital. J Hosp Infect, 50:25-9.
  5. Tami A, Adagu IS, Sojo-Milano MV, Webber R, Warhurst DC (1999). High prevalence of Plasmodium falciparum drug-resistant strains in the Venezuelan Amazon: implications for malaria control. Clinical Microbiology and Infection; 5:59.
  6. Tami-Hirsch, M.V. Sojo-Milano, I.S. Adagu, G. Snounou, M.T. Duraisingh, and D.C. Warhurst (1997). Homogenous Pfmdr1 genotype and restricted falciparum diversity in relation to chloroquine resistance in the Yanomami and Yekwana communities of the Venezuelan Amazon. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 91: 504.
  7. Tami A, Martinez UN, Vegas R, Vivas MS, Perret-G M, Gelrud A, Marina A, Botto AC (1992). Ascariasis and trichuriasis in Yanomami communities from the Upper Orinoco river. Acta Cientifica Venezolana, 43:200.
  8. Vivas L, Tami A, Martinez N, Magris M, Botto C (1992). Prevalence of splenomegaly in two Yanomami communities from Upper Orinoco river. Acta Cientifica Venezolana, 43:201.
  9. Magris M, Planchart S, Quiroz I, Guevara Z, Marina A, Garcia R, Vega R, Tami A, Botto C (1991) Intestinal parasites in two communities from Upper Orinoco river. Acta Cientifica Venezolana, 42:206.
  10. Incani RN, Balzan C, Castro L, Garcia JA, Garcia ME, Riera AR, Tami A, Vegas RA, Yscadar PM (1990). Urban Schistosomiasis Mansoni. I-Epidemiology. Acta Cientifica Venezolana, 41:278.
  11. Incani RN, Balzan C, Castro L, Garcia JA, Garcia ME, Riera AR, Tami A, Vegas RA, Yscadar PM (1990). Urban Schistosomiasis Mansoni. II-Clinical characteristics and effect of mass chemotherapy as a control measure. Acta Cientifica Venezolana, 41:278.
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