Mirjam Kretzschmar is Professor of Dynamics of Infectious Diseases at the University Medical Center, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and an expert in disease modeling at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands. After studying mathematics and biology at the Universities of Mainz and Tübingen, she received her PhD in mathematics from the University of Tübingen. She spent several years as a post-doc in the US and UK and has since worked in the field of infectious disease epidemiology with a focus on mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. She has published on the effectiveness of interventions for HIV, vaccination against hepatitis B and other infections, and interventions for SARS-CoV2, among others. She has a special interest in the influence of human behavior and contact patterns on epidemic trajectories. She has also contributed to the development of methods and models for estimating disease burden of infections.