Meander obtained her bachelor's degree in Medicine at Maastricht University, after which she enrolled in the master’s program Health Sciences (specialization Infectious Diseases and Public Health) at VU University. She did her scientific internship at the Department of Disease Control and Elimination of the Medical Research Council Unit in Fajara, The Gambia. After graduating cum laude in 2014, she started as a PhD student at the Epidemiology department of the Julius Center, UMC Utrecht. Under supervision of prof. dr. Marc Bonten and dr. Maaike van Mourik she works on the surveillance of nosocomial infections. Her focal area of research relates to the automation and standardization of surveillance practices, and the impact of external determinants on reported infection rates. In 2016 she enrolled in the postgraduate MSc Epidemiology program at Utrecht University.