Linden Annick

Researcher, Professor
Researcher publications


Research subjects

In 2007, the wildlife diseases unit was created within the Department of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases. This new topic meets the requirements of the World Organization for Animal Health that included the monitoring of wildlife diseases in its priorities. Pr. A. Linden heads the unit which includes belgian and foreign PhD students. Beyond teaching duties, the unit is deeply involved in wildlife diseases surveillance in Belgium and aims at (1) detecting new or exotic pathogens in wildlife to take adequate control measures, (2) evaluating the true extent of infections due to specific pathogens to inform and advise the authorities in the decision making process to implement control measures, (3) evaluating control plans and (4) providing data for conducting research.  Studies are carried out on prioritised pathogens on the basis of impact on human health, rural economy and wildlife conservation.  A. Linden is national Focal Point for the World Organization for Animal Health.

Equipment / technologies

Equipment for spectrophotometry and immunohistochemistry

Equipment for PCR and qPCR

Ion Torrent sequencer

Tissue lyser station

Premises and equipment specifically for mycobacteria

Academic distinctions

Fellowship from the Huynen Foundation for a training in the National Animal Disease Center - Ames - Iowa - USA

Fellowship from the European Network COST for a training in the Veterinary Laboratory Agency – Weybridge – UK

Most representative publications

  • Nahayo A, Bardiau M, Volpe R, Pirson J, Paternostre J, Fett T, LINDEN A. Molecular evidence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in wild boar (Sus scrofa) in Belgium. BMC Vet. Res. 2014, 10, 80-85
  • LINDEN A., et al. Epizootic spread of schmallenberg virus among wild cervids, Belgium, fall 2011. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2012, 18(12): 2006-2008
  • Lempereur L, Wirtgen M, Nahayo A, Caron Y, Shiels B, Saegerman C, Losson B, LINDEN A. Wild cervids are host for tick vectors of Babesia spp. with zoonotic capability in Belgium. Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. 2012, 12 (4): 275-280
  • LINDEN A. Mycobacteria infections, paratuberculosis..  In: Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals and Birds in Europe, D. Gavier-Widen, P. Duff, A. Meredith eds, Wiley-Blackwell publisher. 2012, 120-137
  • LINDEN A., et al. Bluetongue virus in wild deer, Belgium, 2005-2008. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2010, 16: 833-836

Information updated by the researcher on 15/10/2015.

PhD students

Volpe R.

Grégoire F.

Lebrun M.

Nahayo A.

Proano F.

Postdocs or other

Fett Thomas

Lesenfants Christophe

Paternostre Julien

Kamdem Nadege