Steven Van Gucht


Meet Steven Van Gucht

Steven Van Gucht holds a PhD in Veterinary Sciences (virology). He started his career at Sciensano in December 2005 as a Scientific Assistant at the National Reference Laboratory for Rabies. In 2010 he was appointed Head of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the Belgian Scientific Institute of Public Health (Sciensano, Brussels) and in 2014 a visiting professor at Ghent University, Belgium.

Steven’s division integrates several national reference centres for medical microbiology, including the Belgian National Reference Centre of Influenza, Hepatitis Viruses A, B, C, D and E, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Rabies and Human Papillomaviruses.
In 2012, he was nominated as the Belgian National Microbiology Focal Point for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC, Stockholm). As such, he represents the Belgian public health microbiology system at the ECDC and assists the ECDC with advice on public health microbiology structures and processes, laboratory quality, biosafety, capacity building and reference laboratory activities.
Since January 2020, he advices the Belgian government on the risks and management of the COVID-19 pandemic, first as president of the Scientific Committee COVID-19 and later as member of Celeval-1 and GEMS. He also served as Interfederal Spokesperson on the COVID-19 crisis providing daily and later weekly press conferences with the current state of affairs of the coronavirus outbreak in Belgium. In mid-December 2020, he was honored with the ‘Wablieft Prize’ for his clear use of language in his communication during the COVID-19 crisis.

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 (...
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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

Alain Vanderplasschen

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