About us

The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, promotes the advancement of science and health for all, through innovative research, advanced education, professional services and capacity sharing with partner institutions in the South.

The Unit of Tropical Bacteriology combines biomedical research, education and support of laboratory services. We focus on antibiotic resistance and both generic and specific laboratory capacity sharing. In order to achieve real impact we work closely together with the laboratory teams of our partner institutions in low- and middle-income countries.

All our publications can be found here.

Our team

Idzi Potters

medical laboratory technician & teacher, BSc

Microscopy, parasitology, helminths, teaching, morphological diagnosis, laboratory techniques

Lisette Mbuyi Kalonji

PhD candidate, MD

Surveillance of bacteremia and antibiotic resistance, Invasive Salmonellosis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Reservoir Salmonella non-Typhi, Intestinal carriage of non-Typhi Salmonella in humans

Barbara Barbé

Capacity sharing and academic support, MSc

AMR surveillance, invasive bacterial infections, laboratory strengthening in low-resource settings, field-adapted laboratory diagnostics for low-resource settings

Fiorella Krapp

PhD candidate, MD Infectious Diseases specialist

Clinical Investigation, Antimicrobial resistance surveillance, blood culture surveillance, hospital infection prevention and control, Gram-negative bacilli, bacterial genomics

Dadi Falay

PhD candidate, MD Pediatrician

Blood cultures surveillance, surveillance of zoonotic diseases

Vera Kühne

Educational Coordinator, PhD

Videos, Website, eLearning, Diagnostic lab in LRS teaching, Field lab preparedness/Lab management course, TMCDM course, Parasitology, RDTs, Microscopy, QMS, 3D printing

Jocelyne Kalema

PhD candidate, MD Clinical Microbiologist

Palpouguini Lompo

PhD candidate, MSc

Microbiology, Desinfection, Antisepsis, Hand Hygiene

Birgit de Smet

Capacity sharing and academic support, MSc

Blood culture surveillance, laboratory capacity sharing in low-resource settings

Liselotte Hardy

Senior Scientist, PhD

Biomedical scientist, unit management, lab work coordination and planning, development & implementation of adapted diagnostics for low-resource settings

Tine Vermoesen

Medical laboratory technician, BSc

Evaluation of RDTs, identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of clinical bacterial isolates

Wim Cuypers

PhD candidate, MSc

Bioinformatics, Genomics, Microbiology, Nanopore, Biodatamining

Kaat Eggermont

Admin & medical laboratory technician, BSc

Validation MSF mini-lab, identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing, logistics procedures, administrative support

Anne-Sophie Heroes

PhD candidate, Capacity sharingand academic support, MSc

Blood culture surveillance, blood transfusion, capacity sharing, hospital Infection Prevention and Control, coaching students, training bacteriology laboratory practices, photography, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Charlotte Grootaers

Education, MD Pediatrician

Coordination AIM course, capacity building projects

Ellen Corsmit

Medical laboratory technician, BSc

Validation of equipment , identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of tropical clinical bacterial isolates , coordination of laboratory work, safety promotor, training students

Bieke Tack

PhD candidate, MD

Pediatrics, invasive Salmonella infections, AMR, AMS, training workshops on blood culture sampling and antibiotic treatment, short-course on antimicrobial restistance

Jan Jacobs

Head of Unit, MD Clinical Microbiologist, PhD

Hospital infection prevention and control, patient care, education, oversea capacity building projects, invasive bacterial infections, field-adapted laboratory in-vitro diagnostics for LRS

Peter Hyland

Capacity sharing and support, MSc

Laboratory capacity building, clinical microbiology diagnostics, AMR surveillance, antimicrobial susceptibility testing

On this website we work together with our partner institutes and other units of the three departments of ITM to share recourses (procedures, documents, educational material, publications and more) for laboratories in resource limited settings.