Dr. Anne-Lise Chaber is a One Health expert who focuses on cross-disciplinary approach to Human, Animal and Ecosystem Health. Anne-Lise has over ten years of experience as a field epidemiologist in England, Botswana and the United Arab Emirates. After graduating from the Veterinary Faculty at the University of Liège (ULg) in Belgium, she obtained a Master of Science from the Royal Veterinary College and the Zoological Society of London (UK) and pursued her graduate training with a PhD on disease detection and management at the wildlife-livestock-human interface with the ULg. Here she conducted research on transmission of diseases including Foot and Mouth Disease, Q Fever, Brucella melitensis, MERS-Coronavirus at the wildlife-livestock-human interface and on illegal wildlife trade such as the international bushmeat trade and the live exotic pet trade.
Dr. Anne-Lise Chaber believes that the ecosystem is like a living body, where populations are like organs that interact with each other and where the disruption of this balance makes the entire system dysfunctional. Understanding and protecting this system relies on collaborative and trans-disciplinary work. In light of that, Dr. Anne-Lise Chaber’s approach to One Health is not focusing only on emerging (zoonotic) diseases but encompasses tackling processes that threaten with the destruction of Human, Animal and Environmental habitats, including climate warming, biodiversity loss, land use change, pollution, human demographic explosion. Accordingly, her interests extend to wildlife conservation, anthropogenically driven diseases, disease detection and management at the wildlife-livestock-human interface and the links between ecosystem, human and animal health. As these key themes are generally present in her work, her aim is to form and develop projects that are impactful in both health and conservation terms.