Senior Scientist, Virology Department
DEFEND role: Work Packager Leader: WP2
Steven obtained his PhD in Biology (Molecular Ecology) from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He joined the Virology Department of Sciensano in 2003, successively working as project scientist and senior scientist, and leading the Molecular Platform group (a centralised molecular virology expert pool) from 2012 onward.
His main activities are in the field of the development and validation of molecular diagnostic assays for livestock priority virus detection, and in the genetic characterisation of animal viruses. This includes participation in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), NRL and EU RL activities of the Department. Over the last 6 years, he has been involved in the application of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data to veterinary virology.
He coordinated two EC Research projects on molecular epidemiology and sequencing technologies (one EMIDA EraNet project and one project under the first call for research projects of the newly started EJP-OneHealth H2020 cofund project) and was partner in several International and National research projects.