Lander Willem is a research scientist at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Modeling Infectious Diseases at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He holds a master in Biological Engineering (2010) and a PhD (2015) on agent-based modeling in the field of infectious disease transmission. In the philosophy of engaging in interdisciplinary research, his PhD had a particular focus on model exploration, parameter estimation, social contact patterns and computational efficiency. Currently, he holds a post-doc position targeting influenza and measles transmission dynamics on the individual level and is involved in other projects to improve computational performance. Dr. Willem is principal investigator of an individual-based model, called STRIDE, which is designed to study the interaction between adaptive individual behavior and close-contact disease transmission.