Jelle Matthijnssens

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium


Jelle Matthijnssens graduated as Bio-Engineer in the Cell and & Gene Biotechnology, University of Leuven, Belgium. He obtained his PhD at the Laboratory of Clinical and Epidemiological Virology, Rega Institute for Medical Research, University of Leuven, investigating the genetic diversity and classification of human and animal rotaviruses. After a postdoc in the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INTA) Castelar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, he returned to Belgium, where he now runs the gastro-enteritis research division of the Laboratory of Clinical and Epidemiological Virology. JM is Co-chairman of the Study group Reoviridae of the ICTV and chairman of the Rotavirus Classification Working Group (RCWG). His research focuses on the analyses of complete genomes of human and animal rotaviruses in order to understand their genetic diversity, their zoonotic potential, their host range restriction, and the mechanisms behind co-segregation of rotavirus gene segments in reassortments. Furthermore he closely monitors the effect of the introduction of rotavirus vaccines into the Belgian immunization schedule in 2006 on the prevalence and genetic diversity of circulation human rotaviruses. More recently he focusses has shifted towards the study of the virome present in the human gut. JM is co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, 3 book chapters and gave numerous presentation at international scientific meetings.

Biography Updated on 15 April 2013

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