What we do

TBnet is a European grass-root consortium consisting of health care professionals and scientists, aimed at promoting quality of care for tuberculosis patients by addressing health-inequalities, providing expert guidance in areas where clinical evidence is missing, defining research priorities, conducting multicenter clinical studies, and training early career European clinicians and scientists.

Steering Committee

Frank van Leth

is an Associate Professor of Global Health at the Amsterdam UMC location AMC, and an academic staff member at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development. His research is on infectious disease epidemiology with the focus on methodological approaches that inform Public Health interventions. He currently holds the TBnet chair in the Steering Committee.


Jose Domínguez

is a Clinical Microbiologist, that has been working in the last years in developing new methods for diagnosing latent and active TB. Jose has a member of the Steering Committee is in charge of the Microbiology and Drug Resistant issues.

Morten Ruhwald

was trained as an MD but spends his time developing vaccines, biomarkers and new diagnostics for M.tb infection at TB disease at Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. Morten has been a member of TBNET for more than a decade, which has been hugely important for him not losing touch with the clinical reality outside of the laboratory. Within TBNET he is responsible for Diagnostics.


Christoph Lange

is the Medical Director of the Research Center Borstel, Germany. He is a physician scientist with a strong interest in European healthcare systems and personalized medicine for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Olena Rzhepishevska

is a researcher in microbiology and infectious disease. At TBnet she is responsible for TB advocacy -public talks, interactions with communities and press releases aimed at improving TB management.

Graham Bothamley

has been a respiratory physician for 35 years.  After a PhD with the MRC at the Hammersmith in TB monoclonal antibodies, diagnostics and pathogenesis, he has pursued research in diagnostics and human immune responses...  

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Berit Lange

is a clinician epidemiologist, working as a doctor and researcher in the Department for Infectious Diseases at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Within TBNet she is responsible for Epidemiology.

Jakko van Ingen

Jakko van Ingen, MD, PhD is a consultant clinical microbiologist, head of the mycobacteriology reference laboratory at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and author of 150 papers on mycobacterial disease.

Thomas Jürs

has been a member of TBnet since its foundation in 2006. Since then he has been responsible for the budget - an easy task for him as he is a tax consultant and chartered accountant in everyday life and is particularly active in the fields of healthcare and research.

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Martina Sester

 is an immunologist and head of the department of transplant and infection immunology at Saarland University in Homburg, Germany. Her research focuses on the development of diagnostic tests for latent and active infection with M. tuberculosis. Within TBnet, she is responsible for translational research.  


Lorenzo Guglielmetti

is an Infectious Diseases physician and researcher in Epidemiology at Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and at the National Reference Center for Mycobacteria in Paris, France. His research focus is the development of new treatment approaches for drug-resistant tuberculosis. He currently is the Vice Chair of the TBnet.


Folke Brinkmann

is a paediatrician and temporarily heads the paediatric pneumology department at the Catholic Hospital in Bochum.