University of Ghent, Health and Demographic Research
PhD medical biosciences
My research interests include the sociology of medication use (benzodiazepines, opioids, herbal medicine, vaccines), stigma, and migrant health. I supervise several PhD students with related research projects. As an anthropologist, I mostly apply qualitative methods, often in interdisciplinary studies.
I am a medical anthropologist by training. Since 2017 I am affiliated to the Health and Demographic Research group (HEDERA) Department of Sociology, Ghent University (Belgium). I obtained my PhD from the University of Bradford (UK) in medical biosciences (School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences), with a study on traditional medicine use within Andean migrant communities. After working as a resident professor for Duke University’s Global Health premed study-abroad program in Costa Rica, I coordinated several applied research projects in the field of migrants’ health and wellbeing in Belgium. Currently, I teach health sociology at bachelor and master level, in different programs in Sociology and Pharmacy at Ghent University and VUB.
Countries of collaboration:
Belgium (Wallonia), Italy, Finland, UK, Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland