Mario Poljak

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Biography

Professor Mario Poljak, MD, PhD Specialist in Clinical Microbiology Business Address: Institute of Microbiology and Immunology Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana Zaloška 4, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia Telephone: +386 1 543 7453 Telefax: +386 1 543 7418 E-mail address: [email protected] Present Position: Full Professor at Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana and Head of Laboratory for Molecular Microbiology and Slovenian HIV/AIDS Reference Centre Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia Research interests: - development of novel molecular diagnostic methods/assays - improvement and evaluation of commercial virological methods/assays - isolation of DNA from archival and complicated clinical specimens (e.g. paraffin- embedded tissue, Papanicolaou-stained smears, Giemsa - smears) - role of HPV in the pathogenesis of different benign and malignant tumours - etiopathogenesis of head and neck carcinomas and benign tumours - etiopathogenesis of pediatric Helicobacter pylori infection - intrahospital and unusual transmission of blood-borne microorganisms - genetic heterogeneity of HIV, HCV, HBV, H. pylori and M. tuberculosis Bibliography: - 219 original research or review articles in PubMed-cited journals (187 articles published in Science Citation Index (SCI)-cited journals - 89 research articles in other journals - 28 book chapters - 122 published full-text lectures from different scientific conferences - app. 480 abstracts from different scientific conferences Citations: - cited app. 1,900 times in SCI- and app. 2,400 times in Scopus-indexed journals - Hirsch index; h=21 Editor: Acta Dermatovenerologica APA Editorial Board Member: Journal of Clinical Virology; AIDS Reviews Peer reviewer: Journal of Clinical Microbiology; Journal of Infectious Diseses, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Medical Virology; Journal of Virological Methods; Journal of Clinical Virology; International Journal of Cancer; BioTechniques; Gastroenterology; Nephron; Digestive Diseases and Sciences; PLoS One; Croatian Medical Journal; Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Medical Science Monitor; Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics; Expert Opinion on Molecular Diagnostics; Transplant International; Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis; Infection, Genetics and Evolution; Journal of Medical Sciences; Applied Microbiology; Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases; Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation; AIDS Reasearch and Human Retroviruses; Collegium Antropologicum; Eurosurveillance; Future Virology; HIV Medicine; Cancer Epidemiol, etc. Direct mentorship, scientific guidance and supervision: Ph. D. Thesis (completed: 11 x supervisor; 6 x co-supervisor; presently 5 candidates) M. Sci. Thesis (completed: 4 x supervisor; 8 x co-supervisor; presently 2 candidates) Graduation Thesis (completed: 30 x supervisor; 3 x co-supervisor; presently 3 candidates) Student Research Thesis (completed: 3 x supervisor; 1 x co-supervisor) Clinical Microbiology Fellows (4 x Main supervisor - 5 years each, presently 3 candidates) Young Research Fellows (4 x Main supervisor - 4.5 years each, presently 2 candidates) Professional recognition/responsibilities: European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID): Secretary General and President-Elect (2014-present); Executive Committee Member (2012-present); Professional Affairs Officer for Clinical Microbiology (2012-2014); Parity Comission-ESCMID Advocate for Geographic Balance (2010-2012); European Council Member (2005-present) European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), Section of Medical Biopathology: Secretary General (2003-2005); European Board Member (1997-2005); European Board for Accreditation of CME in Clinical Microbiology-Member (2004-2005) European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV): European Council Member (2000-2010) European Society for translational Antiviral Research (ESAR): Board Member (2010-present) Slovenian Society for Clinical Microbiology and Hospital Infections: President (2003-2007); Vice-President (2007-2011) Slovenian National Coordinator for Specialisation in Clinical Microbiology (2003-present) Professional Society Member: • European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases-ESCMID (1997-present) • American Society of Microbiology-ASM (1997-present) • European Society for Clinical Virology-ESCV (1995-present) • Pan American Society for Clinical Virology-PASCV (2004-present) • European Society for translational Antiviral Resistance-ESAR (2011-present) • International Papillomavirus Society-IPV (2002-present) • Slovensko zdravniško društvo (1991-present) • Slovensko mikrobiološko društvo (1993-present)
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