Constance Schultsz


Principal Investigator

Professor Constance Schultsz is a MD, Medical Microbiologist and Professor of Global Health, in particular for emerging infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance, at the Amsterdam UMC of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). She was trained as a medical microbiologist at the Amsterdam UMC-UvA where she also obtained her PhD in 1999. She worked as a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1987–1989 and worked as a consultant microbiologist at the VU University Medical Centre (2000-2003). From 2003 until 2008 she headed the Microbiology department at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam, at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In 2008 she joined the Amsterdam UMC again but this time in the departments of Global Health and Medical Microbiology. She was appointed Deputy Head of the Department of Global Health in 2016 and at the same time became an executive board member of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD).

Her research interests include zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases, in particular Streptococcus suis, and antibiotic resistance. She is interested in the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis, next generation sequencing applications, smart sampling strategies for antimicrobial resistance surveillance, as well as behavioural and socio-economic drivers of antimicrobial restistance. Schultsz is an executive board member of the EU consortia COMPARE and PIGSs. In addition, she is the coordinator of the EU JPI-AMR consortium HECTOR.

Schultsz has supervised and is currently supervising PhD students in the Netherlands, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Nigeria. She has received research grants from the Dutch government as well as from the EU. She was awarded the NWO ASPASIA premium in 2014.