Manuel Hetzel is an epidemiologist with a primary interest in infectious diseases affecting vulnerable populations in the Global South. As head of the Effectiveness and Impact Research Group, his activities focus on the generation and application of real world data for targeting interventions (e.g. malaria surveillance-response systems) and on strategies to improve access to malaria prevention, testing, and treatment to reduce the burden of illness and death. Ongoing projects combine multidisciplinary epidemiological and operational research, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, linking communities, health providers, clinical and molecular scientists, and policy makers. Working in close partnership with local institutions the aim of all activities is to jointly develop solutions suitable for large-scale routine implementation in affected countries.
Manuel Hetzel has fifteen years of experience living and working in sub-Saharan Africa and in the South Pacific. He has been supporting national malaria control programmes and acted as adviser and consultant to government departments, the World Health Organization, and donor agencies. He is a senior lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Basel and supervises masters and doctoral students.
2016: Habilitation in Epidemiology; University of Basel, Switzerland
2007: PhD in Epidemiology; University of Basel, Switzerland
2003: MSc in Biology, Medical Parasitology, Epidemiology; University of Basel, Switzerland
2018-present: Research Group Leader; Swiss TPH
2016-present: Senior Lecturer (Privatdozent, PD); University of Basel
2016-2018: Visiting Academic & Honorary Senior Lecturer; University of Cape Town, South Africa
2014-2018: Scientific Project Leader; Swiss TPH
2012-2013: Senior Scientific Collaborator; Swiss TPH
2011-2012: Head, Population Health and Demography Unit; Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research
2010-2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Population Health; University of Queensland, Australia
2008-2011: Senior Research Fellow; Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research
2007-2008: Scientific Collaborator; Swiss TPH
2004-2007: Scientific Assistant; Swiss TPH, based at Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania