The RSV GOLD team is part of the RSV Research Group, located in the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center (Utrecht, the Netherlands). This team has the vision to combine clinical and basic research to decrease the global burden of RSV infection. The mission of the RSV GOLD team is to improve knowledge of RSV epidemiology and to develop safe and effective therapeutic and preventive interventions.




Louis Bont: Principal Investigator RSV Research Group

Harish Nair: Co-investigator RSV GOLD

Yvette Löwensteyn: Project Leader RSV GOLD

Natalie Mazur: Project Manager RSV GOLD

Nienke Scheltema: Project Founder RSV GOLD

Beverly de Leeuw: Website developer

Leyla Kragten-Tabatabaie: Former Project Leader RSV GOLD

Joanne Wildenbeest: Scientific Advisor

Operations team

Ichelle van Roessel: Researcher

Rogina Roebaar: Researcher

Dunja Scheepmaker: Researcher

Trisja Boom: Researcher

Renske Bijl: Researcher

Sophia van der Graaf: Researcher

Jasper van der Kemp: Researcher

Femke Vernooij: Researcher (FLU GOLD)

Sophie Croon

Dora van Duijvendijk

Lotte Mesker

Sangeeta Bisheshar: Former researcher

Juliette Simons: Former Researcher

Insaf Duale: Former Researcher

Emily Phijffer: Former Researcher

Junhua Fang: Former Researcher

Issam el Mansori: Former Researcher



“At this moment my dream is to become a pediatrician and with RSV GOLD I am able to discover this specialty at an early stage of my career. I am proud to be a part of the RSV GOLD team.” – Ichelle


“It was plain for me that this is the project I want to join. I think it is important to solve a worldwide problem which causes numerous deaths among young children and I want to contribute to every small step towards this solution.” – Rogina


“I enjoy participating in this project, due to the combination of being part of an enthusiastic team, gaining great learning experience and doing something important!” – Juliette


“I have always found childhood disease around the world a very interesting subject and I think RSV GOLD could play a part in reducing childhood mortality caused by RSV. Therefore I am proud and excited to be involved in such a great and important project.” – Trisja


“The combination of participating in such a hardworking, ambitious and enthusiastic team, while contributing to this amazing and important project and being able to expand my horizon and gain experience in the research field is one that I love working on!” – Dunja


“The fact that millions of children are dying of RSV infection every year made me want to be a part of RSV GOLD. I believe we can play an important role in solving this global issue with the work we are doing with RSV GOLD.” – Jasper


“I am honored to be a part of the RSV GOLD team, because of its hardworking en enthusiastic vibe and because I believe its contribution is an essential element towards reducing RSV related mortality.” – Renske


“Worldwide, there are still millions of children dying every year due to RSV infection. That is the reason why I participate in the enthusiastic and committed team of the RSV project!” – Sophia


“To me my work for FLU GOLD and the collaboration with the ambitious and enthusiastic RSV GOLD team is the perfect combination of contributing to an important research project and at the same time gaining insight and experience in the research field!” – Femke


“I enjoy being part of research teams, especially when they have a large global impact like this project. I’m looking forward to contributing to the knowledge on this subject, and learning a lot along the way!” – Sophie


“As an idealistic medical student, I am eager to contribute to improvements in global health. I don’t want to be the only person who benefits from my luck of having attended such a good education, and what is a better way to do this than by being a part of the RSV GOLD team!” – Dora


“I am very enthusiastic to get to work for RSV GOLD, not just because it will be very educational for me, but especially because I can contribute to a better understanding of RSV together with a motivated team!” – Lotte