Prof. Apostolos Beloukas

Prof. Apostolos Beloukas earned his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in 2003 and then undertook his PhD (2010) on Molecular Virology and Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at the National Retroviruses Reference Centre (NRRC) at the University of Athens.

He is interested in infectious diseases with a particular interest in viral infections, and the use of advanced molecular and epidemiological tools for diagnosing, monitoring and tracking viruses and their relevant epidemics. In particular, his research interests include the molecular epidemiology of viral infections, virus evolution and the emergence of evolution caused by antiretroviral therapy, as well as mechanisms involved in generating the diversity of virus types found within a patient and/or in the human population, study the burden viral diseases from a clinical and diagnostic point of view, and the application of molecular detection and pathogen characterisation for surveillance of viral epidemics.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor in Molecular Microbiology and Virology, Director of the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology laboratory at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Head of the National Reference AIDS center of Southern Greece, at the Universtiy of Westa Attica. 

At the moment, his research group in Athens, studies the genetic diversity, evolutionary patterns as well as dispersal of viral epidemics of different viruses including the new SARS-CoV-2. Previously conducted research has been published in leading journals, such as Lancet, JAMA, Lancet Global Health, BMC Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases with more than 3500 citations and h-index 26.