Lieke (Elisabeth A.M.) Sanders (1959), is pediatrician and professor in Immunology and Infectious Diseases since 2003. From 1993 onwards she worked as clinician-immunologist at the clinical department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital for Children in Utrecht treating patients with primary immunodeficiency disease and recurrent infections. In 2004 she became head of the department Pediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital for Children. Between 2009-2014 she was Director Research and Education of the University Hospital for Children, and one of the four members of the management team.
In December 2014 she took up a position as Chief Science Officer at the Public Health Institute, RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), area immunology, vaccinology and infectious diseases. Next to this position, she works as professor and paediatrician at the UMC Utrecht. Lieke Sanders has authored >250 peer reviewed international publications ( H-index 46 [scopus]). She has a long standing interest in the epidemiologyof vaccine preventable diseases, immunology, efficacy and effectiveness of vaccines, with a special focus on pneumococcal vaccines and prevention of respiratory tract infections. She initiated various large clinical trials in infants and children on the clinical and immunological outcome of vaccinations. Currently, she is involved in trials studying the impact of various vaccines in children as well as in elderly. Over the last years she has invested in research of the human (respiratory) microbiome in relation to healthy ageing and susceptibility to respiratory disease. Furthermore she is involved in studies on maturation of immunity in infants, immunosenescence and immunodeficiency disease.