Our Team

Building on KU Leuven’s world-class expertise on anti-infective research and nurtured by Belgium’s vibrant biotech and pharma ecosystem, the VirusBank Platform team consists of a dedicated and highly-skilled multi-disciplinary group of people proficient in all aspects of viral research and the discovery of antiviral modalities.

We continuously evolve and welcome new talent to further strengthen our team!


Management Team & Founders

Managing Director

Dirk Roymans

Dirk has more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical discovery research and clinical drug development in mid-sized ...
Head of Operations

Aleksandra Siekierska

Aleksandra has about 15 years of academic experience in the field of molecular and cell biology and neuroscience. She obta...

Johan Neyts

Johan Neyts is full professor of Virology at the KU Leuven, Belgium and Head of the Laboratory of Virology, Antiviral Drug...

Patrick Chaltin

Patrick Chaltin is the Managing Director of the Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3) since its start-up in 2006.

Scientific Advisory Committee

SAC chair

Peter Piot

Peter Piot is the Handa Professor of Global Health and former Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medi...
SAC member

Philippe Desmeth

Philippe Desmeth is bioengineer and environmental consultant by training. He is a member of several International Scientif...
SAC member

Isabel Leroux-Roels

Isabel Leroux-Roels is working as a clinical microbiologist and infection control physician at Ghent University Hospital (...
SAC member

Thomas Michiels

Professor Thomas Michiels is full professor at UCL, Belgium (teaching general microbiology, molecular biology, and virolog...
SAC member

Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff

Professor Rübsamen-Schaeff was the founder and the CEO of AiCuris, a German Biopharma company dedicated to the research an...
SAC member

Steven Van Gucht

Steven Van Gucht holds a PhD in Veterinary Sciences (virology). He started his career at Sciensano in December 2005 as a S...
SAC member

Alain Vanderplasschen

Alain Vanderplasschen is Professor of Virology and Vaccinology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the ULiège. He is ...