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Aloysius Kroes

Professor Medical Microbiology, in particular clinical virology

Name
Prof.dr. A.C.M. Kroes
Telephone
+31 71 526 1651
E-mail
a.c.m.kroes@lumc.nl

Louis Kroes is professor of Medical Microbiology, in particular clinical virology and Head of the Department of Medical Microbiology in the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). He also is supervisor of the medical specialist training in Medical Microbiology at the LUMC and Chairman of the Dutch Council for Specialist training in Medical Microbiology (the Concilium, within the Netherlands Association for Medical Microbiology NVMM).

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Louis Kroes is professor of Medical Microbiology, in particular clinical virology and Head of the Department of Medical Microbiology in the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). He also is supervisor of the medical specialist training in Medical Microbiology at the LUMC and Chairman of the Dutch Council for Specialist training in Medical Microbiology (the Concilium, within the  Netherlands Association for Medical Microbiology NVMM).

Medical microbiology

The phenomenon of infection as a pathogenic process is of great biological significance.  In-depth knowledge of the pathogens is necessary to recognize, treat and control such threats. This is true in modern times as much as in the past, precisely because infectious problems become more severe as the population density of humans and their food animals rises to unprecedented heights. For that reason new viral infections can have very serious consequences. Fortunately, more and more powerful techniques are available that support the study of pathogens, especially aimed at their molecular properties (nucleic acid sequences). It is a challenge to apply such techniques optimally also in clinical practice. In this way we can, as far as possible, detect, fight and preferably prevent infections, as typical unpleasant surprises: the task of medical microbiology.

Academic career

A.C.M. (Louis) Kroes (1957), M.D., Ph.D., graduated in Medicine at the University of Amsterdam (1983), did a Ph.D. study at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in Biochemistry and Hematology ("The inactivation of cobalamin by nitrous oxide: applications in experimental chemotherapy of leukemia", 1987), trained in Internal Medicine (1986-1988) and specialized in Medical Microbiology (1992), also in Rotterdam. 

At Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), he was appointed Head of the Clinical Virology Laboratory (1993) and subsequently became Head of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory (1999), Professor of Medical Microbiology  (2003) and Head of the Department of Medical Microbiology (2007) at this university hospital. He is supervisor of the medical specialist training in Medical Microbiology at the LUMC.

He has served as the chairman of the Dutch Clinical Virology Working Group (1999-2008), as board member of the Dutch Society for Medical Microbiology (2007-2016) and council member of the European Society for Clinical Virology (2008-2016). Presently he is Chairman of the Dutch Council for Specialist training in Medical Microbiology (the Concilium).

His scientific interest is devoted to a number of different areas within the field of clinical virology, notably:

  • viral infections of the immunocompromised host (cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barrvirus, adenovirus)
  • influenza viruses
  • parvovirus B19
  • viral hepatitis B and C
  • antiviral therapy

On these subjects he has authored around 170 peer reviewed publications (2018).

His inaugural lecture (in Dutch) on March 26, 2004 was entitled: The virus: between life and death (Het virus: tussen leven en dood).

Professor Medical Microbiology, in particular clinical virology

  • Faculteit Geneeskunde
  • Divisie 4
  • Medische Microbiologie

Work address

LUMC Main Building
Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
Room number E4-P

Contact

  • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medische Microbiologie Voorzitter Concilium Medicomicrobiologicum

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