Mart Stein works as senior researcher at the Centre for Infectious Disease Control of National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands. He gained an MSc in Health Sciences (VU University, Amsterdam) and in Epidemiology (Utrecht University, Utrecht). His main interests are the use of respondent-driven methods combined with innovative m- and e-health for communicable disease control. He currently works on the use of respondent-driven methods to reach non-western immigrant populations and to study dynamics of health behaviour within social networks, with peer-driven interventions as ultimate goal. He also contributes to a large project, led by Prof. Dr. Anna Thorson of the Karolinska Institutet, which applies web based respondent-driven sampling to study and reduce sexual risk behaviours for HIV among men who have sex with men in Vietnam.
Mart began his professional career at the National Coordination Centre for Communicable Disease Control of the RIVM. He collaborated in the AsiaFluCap project, an international project funded by the EU and Rockefeller Foundation, aimed to assess and strengthen the health care capacity to respond to pandemics in six countries in Southeast Asia. He was awarded his PhD in communicable disease epidemiology from the Utrecht University in 2016, which focused on the use of online respondent-driven methods for studying communicable disease transmission and case finding. The PhD thesis was the result of a multidisciplinary research project involving mathematical disease modelling, social sciences and communicable disease control. Mart received the Young Researcher Award (2015) and two Innovation Awards (2015 and 2016) at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. In collaboration with GameSolutionLabs, he developed the game Bactemon, a serious game combined with augmented reality and hand tracking technology to improve hand hygiene among children.