Clemens Kocken

Chair EVI Board

Clemens Kocken is Chairman of the Department of Parasitology at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC), Rijswijk. After graduation  from Groningen Universtity, The Netherlands in 1984 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology), Clemens Kocken obtained a PhD at the same university in 1989 with a thesis entitled “Recombinant Fusion Proteins of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Glycoprotein D- expression in Escherichia coli, purification and immunological properties”.

He then held a postdoctoral position for five years at Nijmegen University, where he worked on malaria transmission-blocking vaccine development. In 1994 he joined BPRC to work in Alan Thomas’ Parasitology Department. Here he worked on the development of AMA1 as a malaria vaccine candidate, on developing non-human primate malaria drug models, and on transfection systems for non-human primate malarias.

The research of the Department of Parasitology is focused on developing vaccines and drugs against malaria and TB, using non-human primate models. Current topics include vaccine efficacy testing and immune correlates of TB, AMA1 as a malaria blood stage vaccine candidate in clinical development and development of new drugs active against malaria hypnozoites.