Scientific Director of Microbiology Research - bioMerieux - Lyon - France
Professor Alex van Belkum, PhD PhD, fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, born 1959, father of three daughters, grandfather to four, has been primarily involved in research on molecular epidemiology, molecular and culture-based diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance testing in the domain of clinical microbiology. A scientific director of microbiology research at bioMérieux, a diagnostics company based in the South of France, he is also the editor-in-chief of European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, which 2016 impact factor is 2.7. He is the author of more than 530 PubMed-cited papers, with an H index of 90. He has worked at the Universities of Leiden and Rotterdam, both in The Netherlands, and he moved to industry 7 years ago where he is a microbiologist in the bioMérieux Data Analytics Unit with a prime interest in next generation sequencing and the use of other data-rich technologies in clinical microbiology. He published five books and is one of the editors of “Molecular Microbiology: diagnostic principles and practice” published by ASM Press, American Society of Microbiology, Washington.