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Biography of Professor Johan Giesecke

Professor Johan Giesecke


Professor Johan Giesecke is the Chief Scientist and Head of the Office of the Chief Scientist at ECDC. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute Medical University in Stockholm.

From a background as an infectious disease clinician, he trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Before joining ECDC, Professor Giesecke was Sweden’s State Epidemiologist for 10 years. He has been active in the efforts to harmonise infectious disease surveillance and control within the EU, and during a one-year sabbatical to WHO Geneva in 1999/2000, he led the group working on the revision of the International Health Regulations.

His research interests include epidemic modelling, HIV/STIs, and late sequelae of acute infections. He has published some 150 scientific papers, written one textbook on infectious disease epidemiology and co-edited another.

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