Julian Bakker, MSc

PhD candidate

Laboratory of Entomology
Wageningen University & Research
Droevendaalsesteeg 1, 6708PB Wageningen
The Netherlands

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During my Bachelor Biology at the University of Wageningen, I discovered vector activity. How can such small creatures cause such devastating diseases in humans? Throughout my MSc, I focused on mosquitoes and the transmission of malaria between non-human primates. Besides the vector, I became also interested in viruses that are transmitted by arthropods. The mechanism behind the transmission of them by arthropods still fascinates me every day.

From mosquitoes, I started my PhD project on ticks and tick-borne encephalitis (TBEV). The overall goal of my project is to untangle the interactions between TBEV, ticks and vertebrate hosts. Setting-up a vector competence assay for ticks at our BSL3 facility, studying TBEV transmission from rodent to ticks and understanding the effect of TBEV on tick-behavior is all part of my PhD project.

Outside the lab, I coach rowers. Being a rower has for long been my daily life, and I’m happy that I now can share my knowledge obtained from my rowing career to train new rowing champions!


I collaborate closely with Hein Sprong from the Dutch National Health Institue (RIVM), Fred de Boer, Resource Ecology Group (WUR) and Gorben Pijlman, Laboratory of Virology (WUR).