Dr Marlous Grijsen

Senior Clinical Scientist

Dr Marlous Grijsen is a dermatologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Indonesia, focusing her research on neglected tropical skin diseases (skin-NTDs), including the stigma and discrimination associated with it. She is the lead investigator of an ongoing randomized clinical trial evaluating metformin as adjunctive therapy in multibacillary leprosy to mitigate leprosy reactions. She has established teledermatology services to improve access to care in underserved areas in eastern Indonesia and is conducting a surveillance study to assess the burden of common and neglected skin diseases in Sumba Island.

Dr Marlous Grijsen is a global health dermatologist with a diverse background in medical training and research. Trained in the Netherlands and Tanzania, she has been working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Indonesia in Jakarta since 2019, after earning her PhD in Medicine from the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on addressing the complex challenges presented by endemic neglected tropical skin diseases within Indonesia’s rural and impoverished communities. 

In her research, Dr Grijsen explores the epidemiology, immunopathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of skin-NTDs, actively leading a phase 2 randomized trial to investigate the efficacy of adjunctive metformin in combination with standard multi-drug therapy in multibacillary leprosy to mitigate leprosy reactions (MetLep Trial, NCT05243654). This study is financially supported by the Leprosy Research Initiative and the Turing Foundation. Additionally, Dr Grijsen oversees a surveillance study on the island of Sumba to evaluate the burden of common and neglected skin diseases and has implemented a low-cost smartphone-based teledermatology service to improve access to specialized dermatological care in remote areas. Through her work, Dr. Grijsen aims to enhance healthcare delivery and reduce the stigma associated with skin-NTDs, employing participatory action research and community engagement strategies to achieve these goals. 



International Award for Social Responsibility in Dermatology by L’Oreal & ILDS – Addressing the Invisible Burden of People Affected by Leprosy and Other Neglected Skin Diseases in Eastern Indonesia.


Dermatovenereologist, Leiden University Medical Center, certified by the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG).


PhD Medicine. University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Thesis: Treatment of Primary HIV Infection. 


Doctor of Medicine, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Fidelis J Adella, Hapu Ammah, Gladys O Siregar, Maria Harianja, Evivana S Sundari, Rahmat Sagara, Nicolas Tarino, Raph L Hamers, Claus Bogh, Hardyanto Soebono, Marlous L Grijsen
Am J Trop Med Hyg
Januari 2, 2024
DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.23-0218
Hana Krismawati, Sri V. Muchtar, Mutia Rahardjani, Margareta Oktaviani, Syamsiah, Nelly Imbiri, Dian Hasvitasari, Dwi Fajrianti, Nico Tarino, Fitri Wulandari, Evelyne Kestelyn, Reinout van Crevel, Steve Walker, Ronald Geskus, Annemieke Geluk, Raph L. Hamers, Hardyanto Soebono, Marlous L. Grijsen
Wellcome Open Res
Juli 8, 2023
DOI: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.19455.1
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