National Reference Center for Mycosis, University Hospitals of Leuven
Katrien Lagrou is currently Head of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at the University Hospitals of Leuven, Belgium, and the Belgian National Reference Center for Mycosis. Professor Lagrou obtained her Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in 1992, and then specialised in Laboratory Medicine at the same university between 1992 and 1997. During this period she received a degree in Mycology from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. She received her PhD degree in 2002 and is now Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the Catholic University of Leuven.
Professor Lagrou’s main interest is the diagnosis of fungal and viral infections in severely immunocompromised patients, with a focus on invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and Candida albicans biofilms. She is president of the Belgian Society of Human and Animal Mycology and General Secretary of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology. Professor Lagrou is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Mycoses, Medical Mycology Case Reports and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.