Wim H. M. van der Poel

Wim H. M. van der Poel, DVM, PhD, is a senior scientist at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research and special Professor of ‘Emerging and Zoonotic viruses’ at Wageningen University. He is also coordinator of the EPIZONE European Research Group, the network on epizootic animal diseases research. The research work of Prof. Van der Poel involves at least three main areas: New and emerging viruses, Foodborne and Zoonotic viruses, including Hepatitis E virus, and ‘Global One Health’. Prof. Van der Poel has (co)-authored more than 150 scientific research papers.


Lucía Biffar

Lucia obtained her PhD in developmental biology from Queen Mary University, London, and subsequently worked at both the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Jenner Institute (University of Oxford) as a post-doctoral researcher. Her research focused on developing novel methods for evaluating the efficacy of BCG vaccination against bovine tuberculosis and the analysis of immune responses elicited by different vaccination strategies. She is currently the Deputy Project Manager for the Cattle TB Vaccine Project at APHA. In this role she is part of the project team responsible for overseeing field trials across England and Wales, generating safety and specificity data for future deployment of a Cattle TB vaccine and an accompanying DIVA skin test in the UK.


Antonio Martínez-Murcia

Professor of Microbiology, Miguel Hernández University, Alicante, and Director of the GPS ™ laboratories designing qPCR kits for > 300 pathogens. Bachelor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Univ. Valencia 1987. Doctorate in Microbiology, Univ. Reading, England 1993. Pioneering early scientific contributions in phylogeny and genetic testing methods of application in prokaryotic systematics. Co-author of ca. 90 scientific publications, book chapters, a patented PCR method (1994), co-director of 8 doctoral theses, and the description of 16 new bacterial species. Member of the “Aeromonas Working-group”, of the “International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes”; member of AVEDILA (Association of Veterinary Specialists in Laboratory Diagnosis), secretary of the Association of Biotechnology Companies of Alicante (AEBA).