Prof. Alex van Belkum
Alex van Belkum, PhD, born 1959, has worked primarily on molecular epidemiology, molecular and culture-based diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance testing over the past 5 years. A global director of microbiology research at bioMerieux, a diagnostics company based in the South of France, he is the editor-in-chief of European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, which 2014 impact factor is 2.7. He is the author of more than 520 PubMed-cited papers and has an H index of about 80.
He has worked at the University of Leiden and Rotterdam, both in The Netherlands and at the latter institution he still holds an honorary professorship in molecular microbiology. He moved to industry 7 years ago where he is a VP Microbiology Research and Development. 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.