Stefanie Knopp, PhD

Steffi Knopp is an epidemiologist with a primary interest in neglected tropical diseases mostly affecting vulnerable population groups in the Global South. Her main areas of research concern the diagnosis, epidemiology and control of helminth infections in Sub-Saharan Africa. Assisting and leading research projects in Africa since 1999, Steffi has a vast experience of working with local teams, project managers and international stakeholders and in implementing large-scale projects, including multidisciplinary operational research studies and randomized clinical trials.

In 2018, Steffi was awarded with a PRIMA grant for excellent female researchers by the Swiss National Science Foundation for a project entitled “The last mile: novel tools and strategies for breaking schistosomiasis transmission”. The project aims to contribute evidence to the feasibility of schistosomiasis elimination, by addressing challenges faced by elimination programs in heterogonous transmission environments. Specifically, the research will evaluate the feasibility and performance of surveillance-response as an intervention to sustain and advance the progress made and to avoid recrudescence of infection in low-prevalence areas on Pemba island, Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania. Moreover, remaining hotspots of transmission will be targeted by multidisciplinary interventions, including mass drug administration of praziquantel, snail control, and behavior change interventions. For accurate diagnosis at the point-of-care, novel diagnostic tests will be employed and validated.

Steffi has published more than 70 papers in the international peer-reviewed literature and regularly attends scientific conferences and expert meetings pertaining to the diagnosis, control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases and helminthiases in particular. Her teaching activities include regular lectures at the University of Basel as well as invited trainings and courses at multiple national and international institutions.



2010: PhD in Epidemiology; University of Basel, Switzerland

2005: MSc in Biology (subjects: Parasitology, Microbiology and Medical Virology); University of Tübingen, Germany



2017-present: Scientific Project Leader; Swiss TPH, Basel, Switzerland

2013-2016: Postdoctoral Scientist; Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom

2011-2012: Postdoctoral Scientist; Swiss TPH, Basel, Switzerland

2007-2010: PhD Student; Swiss TPH, Basel, Switzerland

Chernet A, Probst-Hensch N, Neumayr A, Kling K, Rentsch K, Hatz C, Labhardt N. Vitamin D levels, HbA1c and lipid profile in newly arrived Eritrean refugees in Switzerland. Eur J Public Health, 2017;26(Suppl. 1):378

Meyer A, Zimmermann R, Gschwandtner U, Hatz F, Bousleiman H, Schwarz N, Fuhr P. Apathy in Parkinson's disease is related to executive function, gender and age but not to depression. Front Aging Neurosci. 2015;6:350. DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00350

Puhan M.A, Probst-Hensch N, Zybach U. Im Gesundheitssytem braucht es Daten für Taten. Bulletin SAMW. 2013(3):1-4

La Torre Anna. Cardiac and endocrine aspects of human African trypanosomiasis. Basel: Swiss Tropical Institute, 2006. MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Bodenmann A, Ackermann-Liebrich U, Ehrsam R, Marti B. Gründe für sportliche Aktivität versus Inaktivität der baselstädtischen Bevölkerung 1988. Soz Präventivmed. 1990;35(4-5):164-169

Dierdorf R. Anwendung der Immuno-elektrodiffusion auf Cellulose-Acetat-Membranen zur immunologischen Diagnose von Parasitosen [Praktikum III ?]. Basel: Schweizerisches Tropeninstitut, Universität Basel, 1972

Freyvogel T.A. Eine Sammlung geflochtener Matten aus dem Ulanga-Distrikt Tanganyikas. Acta Trop. 1959;16(4):289-301. DOI: 10.5169/seals-310817