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PD Dr. Valérie R. Louis



Senior Researcher

Valérie R. Louis, M.Sc., Ph.D. (University of Maryland, College Park, USA) is a research associate in the Institute of Global Health, which she joined in 2004. She has a particular interest in topics that link health and the environment. While in Heidelberg, her research has focused on the control of infectious diseases, such as malaria and dengue. She teaches extensively on the topic of climate change and health. She has experience in field surveys, management of large datasets, statistics analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS). She enjoys working in intercultural contexts.


2003              Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA 
1991Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology
Centre des Sciences de l’Environnement, University of Metz, Metz, France 
1990Master of Science
School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
1990Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (Diplôme d’ingénieur)
Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Compiègne, France


French (native), English (highly proficient), German (proficient, level C2), Spanish (basic knowledge)


  • HOPE “HOusehold Preferences for reducing greenhouse gas Emission in four European High Income Countries” –Funded by JPI-Climate, EU

  • Coordination and teaching in short courses on “Climate Change and Health”

  • Development of a Master of Public Health and PhD program in Burkina Faso –funded by DAAD- PAGEL

  • DengueTools: “Innovative tools and strategies for surveillance and control of dengue” – funded by EU PF7; leader of work package “Geo-spatial modeling and risk maps”. COMPLETED 2016


  • TropEd Master in International Health, Heidelberg

    • Lectures on Environmental Health and Disease control

  • Short course (TropEd accredited)

    • Coordinator of TropEd short course “Climate Change and Health”, Heidelberg since 2007; Nouna, Burkina Faso (in French) since 2012 – course adapted (not TropEd) and exported to Tunisia
      (2010) and BRAC University, Bangladesh (2012)
    • Coordinator of TropEd short course “Health and Human Rights”, Heidelberg (2008-2011)

  • Guest lecturer: lectures on environmental health, health and climate change

    • Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam (TropEd Institution) since 2007
    • Ludwig-Maximilian Universität (LMU), Munich, since 2010
    • Ad hoc contributions

  • Baden-Württemberg Certificate for Didactic in higher education ("Zertifikat Hochschuldidaktik Baden-Württemberg") obtained in 2008.


Louis V, Phalkey R. Health Impacts in a Changing Climate – An Overview. Eur.Phys.J. Special Topics. May 2016, Volume 225, Issue 3, pp 429-441.

Phalkey R, Louis V. Two hot to handle: how do we manage the simultaneous impacts of climate change and natural disasters on human health?. Eur.Phys.J. Special Topics. May 2016, Volume 225, Issue 3, pp 443-457.


Louis VR , Montenegro Quiñonez CA, Kusumawathie P, Palihawadana P, Janaki S, Tozan Y, Wijemuni R, Wilder-Smith A,Tissera HA. Characteristics of and factors associated with dengue vector breeding sites in Colombo City, Sri Lanka. Pathogens and Global Health. Accepted March 31  2016. In Press.- FEATURED ARTICLE


Louis VR, Phalkey R, Horstick O, Ratanawong P, Wilder-Smith A, Tozan Y, Dambach P. Modeling tools for dengue risk mapping - a systematic review. Int J Health Geogr. 2014 Dec 9;13:50. doi: 10.1186/1476-072X-13-50.


Louis V, Schoeps A, Tiendrebéogo J, Beiersmann C, Yé M, Damiba Mbayiha A, De Allegri M, Jahn A, Sié A, Becher H, Mueller O: No clear effect of a national insecticide-treated bed net on childhood mortality and malaria burden in a high transmission area of Burkina Faso. WHO Bull 2015 ;93(11):750-8. doi: 10.2471/BLT.14.147702. Epub 2015 Aug 31


Murray N, Jansarikij S, Olanratmanee P, Maskhao P, Souares A, Wilder-Smith A, Kittayapong P, Louis VR: Acceptability of impregnated school uniforms for dengue control in Thailand: a mixed methods approach. Glob Health Action 2014, 7.


Louis VR, Badolo A, Schröer T, Guelbeogo WM, Sagnon N, Yé M, Jahn A, Müller O. Evaluation of field performance of insecticide-treated mosquito nets in north-western Burkina Faso.   Internat. J. Tropical Disease & Health. 2012, 2(4): 284-289,


Louis VR, Bals J, Tiendrebéogo J, Bountogo M, Ramroth H, De Allegri M, Traoré C, Beiersmann C, Coulibaly B, Yé M, Jahn A, Becher H, Müller O. Long-term effects of malaria prevention with insecticide-treated mosquito nets on morbidity and mortality in African children: randomised controlled trial. Trop Med Int Health. 2012 Apr 23. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2012.02990.x.


Béguin, A, Hales, S, Rocklöv, J, Åström, C, Louis, VR, Sauerborn, R. The opposing effects of climate change and socio-economic development on the global distribution of malaria. Global Environmental Change. 2011, 21: 1209-1214.


*Sié A, *Louis VR, Gbangou A, Müller O, Niamba L, Stieglbauer G, Yé M, Kouyaté B, Sauerborn R, Becher H. The Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) in Nouna, Burkina Faso, 1993-2007. Glob Health Action. 2010, Sep 14;3. doi: 10.3402/gha.v3i0.5284.
*Equal contribution as first author.


*Tipke M, *Louis VR, Yé M, De Allegri M, Beiersmann C, Sié A, Mueller O, Jahn A. Access to malaria treatment in young children of rural Burkina Faso. Malar J. 2009 Nov 24;8:266.
*Equal contribution as first author.

Yamamoto S, Louis VR, Sié A, Sauerborn R. Household risk factors for clinical malaria in a semi-urban area of Burkina Faso: a case-control study. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Jan;104(1):61-5. Epub 2009 Aug 28

Müller O, Yé M, Louis VR, Sié A. Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Lancet. 2009, Jan 10;373(9658):122


Yé Y, Louis VR, Simboro S, Sauerborn R. Effect of meteorological factors on clinical malaria risk among children: an assessment using village-based meteorological stations and community-based parasitological survey. BMC Public Health. 2007, Jun 8;7:101.

Louis VR, Russek-Cohen E, O’Brien SJ, Pearson AD, and R.R. Colwell.  Ecological modeling of Campylobacter cases in England and Wales (1990-1999).  Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2005, 71(1):85-92.


Louis VR, Russek-Cohen E, Choopun N, Rivera ING, Gangle B, Jiang SC, Rubin A, Russek-Cohen E, Patz E, Huq A, and Colwell RR. Predictability of Vibrio cholerae in Chesapeake Bay. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2003, 69(5):2773-2785 (Publication highlighted in “ASM News”)

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