Fleur Hierink

PhD student / assistant


Fleur is a PhD candidate and scientific assistant in the GeoHealth group of the Institute of Global Health and the Institute for Environmental Sciences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Health- and Life Sciences from VU Amsterdam. In 2018, she obtained her Master in Toxicology and Environmental Health at Utrecht University, with a specific focus on infectious disease transmission and epidemic risk prediction from an interdisciplinary perspective. During her master she conducted two large scientific internship projects at the interface of global health and environmental health, respectively at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and 510, The Netherlands Red Cross. The project at RIVM was concentrated on assessing the transmission of antimicrobial resistant bacteria to the environment, in R while the project at 510 was focused on identification of environmental risk factors of Dengue in the Philippines. From 2016 to 2019 she was working as a research assistant Global Health at the Julius Center in Utrecht where she supported website, educational, and research activities in the field of tropical medicine and global health. In January 2019, Fleur started working towards obtaining her PhD on identifying risk factors of epidemics that can serve as an early warning for outbreaks and assessing healthcare accessibility during these outbreaks in low resource settings using AccessMod, under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Ray.


  • Schmitt, H., Blaak, H., Kemper, M., van Passel, M. W., Hierink, F., van Leuken, J., ... & de Man, H. (2017). Bronnen van antibioticaresistentie in het milieu en mogelijke maatregelen. Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu.