Head of Infectious Diseases and Public Health Unit, DG Research and
Innovation, European Commission
Dr. Line Matthiessen leads the Unit responsible for Infectious Diseases and Public Health in
the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.
The Unit promotes and supports EU
research and innovation activities in the area of global health issues with emphasis on
HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, emerging epidemics, neglected infectious diseases and
antimicrobial drug resistance, as well as activities in public health and health systems
The Unit also supports the implementation of the European and Developing
Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and contributes to global coordination efforts
in Poverty Related and Neglected Infectious Diseases.
Dr Matthiessen was Head of Unit for horizontal aspects and coordination in the Directorate
for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Research from 1. July 2007 - December 2010.
Dr. Matthiessen joined the European Commission in 1992. She was responsible for strategic
and policy issues in biotechnology.
She held the position of principal scientific officer
responsible for research in Neurosciences for several years.
She was also the scientific
officer for Somatic gene therapy, animal cell technology and in vitro testing as alternatives to
Dr. Line Matthiessen was trained as an MD at the University of Odense, Denmark and
received her PhD in Neurosciences from the University of Paris VI, France in 1993.