Postdoctoral Maren Jeleff, MSc
Maren Jeleff

About Maren Jeleff

Maren obtained her master’s degree in medical anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in 2012. Soon after, she conducted her first fieldwork with Doctors Without Borders on patient perceptions of new treatment modalities for visceral leishmaniasis in Bihar (India).
In 2018 she joined the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford) research group. As part of an international review team, she was developing a catalogue of literature on viral hemorrhagic fevers.
Since 2019 she has been working at the Medical University of Vienna. She was part of the EU funded Horizon 2020 project Sonar-Global (a social sciences network for infectious diseases) and in charge of conducting a systematic scoping review on vulnerability assessment tools in the context of infectious threats. In 2020 she carried out a qualitative study funded by the WWTF on challenges of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Vienna. She joined the Horizon 2020 project CANCERLESS as project manager and researcher in 2022.
She is also a professional photographer, combining conceptual photography and social sciences.

To really understand how culture and social issues influence health of communities we need to shine more light on lived experiences of people and communities. I am passionate about combining ethnographic fieldwork and photography to gain these valuable insights.
Maren Jeleff


Areas of interest

Qualitative social sciences, social medicine, vulnerable and marginal groups, antimicrobial resistance, conceptual photography

Highlighted Publications

Jeleff M, Haider SA, Schiffler T, Gil-Salmerón A, Yang L, Schuch FB, Grabovac I. Cancer risk factors and access to cancer prevention services for people experiencing homelessness. (Accepted in The Lancet Public Health)

Jeleff M, Haddad C, Kutalek R. Between superimposition and local initiatives: Making sense of ‘implementation gaps’ as a governance problem of antimicrobial resistance. 2023. SSM Qualitative Research in Health 4, 100332.

Jeleff M, Lehner L, Giles-Vernick T, Dückers MA, Napier D, Jirovsky E, Kutalek R. Vulnerability and One Health assessment approaches for infectious threats from a social science perspective: A systematic scoping review. Lancet Planetary Health. 2022 Aug;6(8):e682-e693.

Jeleff, M, Traugott, M, Jirovsky, E, Jordakieva, G, Kutalek, R. Occupational challenges of health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study. BMJ Open 2022;12:e054516. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054516

Erber AC, Wagner A, Karachaliou M, Jeleff M, Kalafatis P, Kogevinas M, Pepłońska B, Santonja I, Schernhammer E, Stockinger H, Straif K, Wiedermann U, Waldhör T, Papantoniou K. The Association of Time of Day of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 Vaccine Administration With SARS-CoV-2 Anti-Spike IgG Antibody Levels: An Exploratory Observational Study. J Biol Rhythms. 2023 Feb;38(1):98-108.

Achievements and awards

2023. Award of the Dr. Maria Schaumayer Foundation

2021. Veronika-Fialka-Moser-Diversity Prize of the Medical University of Vienna (rank 2nd) with Galateja Jordakieva, Lovro Markovic, Sebastian Jensen, Ruth Kutalek and Richard Crevenna)


2006-2010: Bachelor of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria

2011-2012: Master of Science in Medical Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2019 – 2023: Doctorate Program in Applied Medical Science, Thematic Program “Public Health”, Medical University of Vienna (