Peter Aaby, DMSc
Founder. Involved in most things.
Senior Researcher
Cesário Lourenço Martins, MD, PhD
Cesário is a senior researcher at the Bandim Health Project, INASA, Member of the National Committee of Ethics in Health, member of the Coordination Committee Entra Agencia for Vaccines and member of the Technical Committee for Vaccines.
Professor, Head of Department
Christine Stabell Benn, MD, PhD, DMSc
Christines research focuses on epidemiological studies of health interventions and their effect on overall health in real life. We have observed that that vitamins and vaccines affect the immune system in much more general ways than previously thought. Vitamins and vaccines have so-called non-specific effects.
Ane Bærent Fisker, MD, PhD
Ane is responsible for overseeing the data collection of health and demographic surveillance data in urban and rural Guinea-Bissau. Based on this platform (and beyond), her research describes the real-life implementation and effects of health programmes with the objective to improve future programmes and measurement of health outcomes. Ane’s research is described at
National Administrator
Carlos Manuel Moreira Cabral
Overall Responsible for Local Staff and Day-to-Day Operations in Guinea-Bissau.
Billede - Maj Sundenæs
Administrative coordinator
Maj Sundenæs
Maj provides administrative support for the researchers. Maj helps with communication and general administrative procedures and is also the website administrator.
Fábio Alexandre Gomes
Fábio is responsible for the accounts of the Bandim Health Project. He assure accounting and finance duties, support administrative tasks.
Office Assistant, Dept. Finance
Naianca Vaz
Office Assistant helping with organizing documents and general administrative work.
Assistant Professor
Frederik Schaltz-Buchholzer, MD, PhD
Research area: Working with trials of different BCG strains to newborns, trials of BCG against COVID-19, BCG skin reactions and maternal priming effects on perinatal and infant mortality risk. Research year student 2012-13, PhD Fellow 2015-2020, Postdoc 2020-2023.
Assistant Professor
Sebastian Nielsen, PhD
Sebastian investigates the impact of Oral Polio Vaccine campaigns on child health and the recent marked decline in low- and middle-income countries. Sebastian is also part of several randomised controlled trial, including an EDCTP-funded multi-centre trial with collaborators from Portugal, Cape Verde and Mozambique.
Researcher, coordinator and supervisor
Elsi José Ca Silva, MD
Elsi is a researcher, coordinator and supervisor of a vaccine-related clinical trial in the implementation phase at the Bandim Health Project. She is interested in the monitoring and application of clinical trials related to vaccines.
Bastiaan Geelhoed, PhD
Bastiaan is currently working as Postdoc with the statistical analyses of the research into non-specific effects of mRNA COVID vaccines in Danish children. The work is performed in Copenhagen.
Sabine Damerow
Graduate of Business Sciences, MSc Global Health, PhD
Sabine Margarete Damerow,
Sabine's current work focusses on how health system strengthening initiatives affect access to essential maternal and child health services in rural Guinea-Bissau.
PhD student
Julie Odgaard Vedel, MD
Julie evaluates BCG coverage at 1 month and BCG-scarring at 6 months as alternative performance indicators for the BCG vaccination programme. She does this by describing and investigating the effects of delayed BCG vaccination on early infant mortality and morbidity as well as the importance of correct intradermal vaccination technique on developing scars.
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Kim is a PhD student at the Bandim Health Project and is stationed in Guinea-Bissau. She currently works on the rural HDSS, which aims to monitor the health and survival of women and children in rural Guinea-Bissau. Her PhD project aims to assess the health effects of the meningitis A vaccine (MenAfriVac).
Anne Marie Rosendahl Madsen
PhD student
Anne Marie Rosendahl Madsen, MD
PhD project title: "The effect of BCG vaccine and probiotics on the immune system and general health in the elderly, including the response to seasonal influenza vaccination". Primary investigator on the BCG-DENMARK-COVID study. Qualified as a medical doctor in 2008 and specialized in Clinical Microbiology in 2019. Main interests are infections and their prevention and treatment.
PhD student
Isaquel B Silva, MD
Isaquel is the principal investigator for the MAT-VAC study, and studies the specific and non-specific effects of measles and BCG vaccines effect on maternal and child health.
Research Year Student 01.09.2023 - 31.08.2024
Emma Elisabeth Poulsen, Stud. Med
Project: Assessing the effects of tuberculosis on lung function, physical ability, and quality of life during treatment.
Billede af Karen
Research Year Student 01.02.2024 - 31.01.2025
Karen Lise Neergaard, Stud. Med
Project: Place of death and risk factors associated with home deaths amongst children in rural Guinea-Bissau
Billede af Linea
Research Year Student 01.02.2024 - 31.01.2025
Linea Olga Karlqvist, Stud. Med.
Project: Mortality of Women of Reproductive Age in Guinea-Bissau
Jannifer Jasmin Thavarajah
Research Year Student 01.02.2024 - 31.01.2025
Jannifer Jasmin Thavarajah, Stud. Med
Project: HIV Reservoir Size & Neutralization Efficacy of bNAbs in HIV-2 in Guinea-Bissau
Research Year Student 01.07.2024 - 30.06.2025
Matias Metcalf-Clausen, Stud. Med.
Project: Examining the association between the time of day at BCG vaccination and health outcomes – A hospital-based study from Guinea-Bissau (BCG Circadian)
IMG_1904 (003)
Research Assistant
Anita Magdalena Zalisz
Project: Increased Tuberculosis Case Detection – a cluster-randomised trial combining available resources and novel strategies for high endemic areas (DiOpTB)

Affiliated researchers

Nikita Sepopo Dzegle, Stud.Scient.San.Publ.

Research Year Student at the Bandim Health Project 01.08.2023 – 30.06.2024. 


Simon Hoff Moesgaard Jensen, Stud. Med

Research Year Student at the Bandim Health Project 01.01.2023 – 31.01.2024. 


Kia Lærke Madsen, Stud. Med

Research Year Student at the Bandim Health Project 01.02.2023 – 31.01.2024.


Anna Memborg Toft, BSc. Med

Research Year Student at the Bandim Health Project 01.02.2023 – 31.01.2024.


Martin Schjødt Foged. Cand. Soc.

Volunteer researcher at the Bandim Health Project 01.02.2023 – 31.01.2024.


Inês Fronteira, RN, MSc, PhD Hab

Inês is a public health professor and researcher with a soft spot for epidemiology and health policy. She is employed at NOVA National School of Public Health, Public Health Research Center, Comprehensive Health Research Center, CHRC, NOVA University Lisbon, Lisbon Portugal.


Matilde Ferraz Pacheco, PhD student

Matilde is a PhD student in public health. Her main area of research is maternal and child health, mainly on the African continent.


Martin Kunc, PhD student

Martin is a Postdoc from Aarhus University and is in Guinea-Bissau 25.09.2023 – 01.02.2024. His research is focused on efficacy of Covid vaccination technologies (mRNA vaccine, Viral vector vaccine, Subunit vaccine) in helminth positive patients. 

Line Møller Nanque, MSc Global Health, PhD


Andreas M. Jensen, MSc Global Health, PhD

Signe Sørup, MSc Global Health, PhD

PhD dissertation: Childhood vaccinations in Denmark: Non-specific effects on morbidity


Tobias R. Kollmann, MD, PhD

Professor in paediatric infectious diseases and honorary Research Associate with the Immunology and Breast Feeding at Telethon Kids Institute, Australia

Nelly Amenyogbe, BSc, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Dalhouise University,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Morten Bjerregaard-Andersen, MD, PhD

Staff specialist in medical endocrinology,
Associate Professor at the Department of Regional Health Research,
University of Southern Denmark

Anu Kantele, MD, PhD

Professor of Infectious Diseases,
Helsinki University, Finland
Senior Medical Officer,
Helsinki University Hospital, Finland

Marianne Skytte Jakobsen, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer,
HC Andersen Childrens- and young People’s  Hospital, OUH, Denmark

Kristoffer Jarlov Jensen, MSc, PhD

Copenhagen Phase IV Unit, Center for Clinical Research and Prevention &
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg Hospital, Denmark   

Victor Francisco Gomes, MSc, PhD

Universidade Federal do Ceará


Sanne Jespersen, MD, PhD

Senior consultant
Department of Infectious Diseases, Aarhus University Hospital


Poul-Erik Lund Kofoed, MD

Professor in Paediatrics, The Institute of Regional Health Research, University of Southern Denmark,
Senior Consultant in Paediatrics, Department of Paediatrics, Kolding Hospital /Sygehus Lillebælt.

Frauke Rudolf, MD, PhD

Department of  Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University


Lilica Hulilê Sanca

Biologist at LNSP, Guinea-Bissau


Morten Sodemann, MD, PhD

Professor of Global and Migrant Health, The Migrant Health Clinic at Odense University Hospital
Senior Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Institute of Clinical Research, Infectious Diseases, University of Southern Denmark


Sanne Marie Thysen, MD, PhD

Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Bispebjerg Hospital, Denmark


Christian Morberg Wejse, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Global Health, Aarhus University
Specialist in Infectious diseases, Aarhus University Hospital.