Professor Mario Poljak, MD, PhD, specialist in clinical microbiology, is a current President of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), Europe’s leading society in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases with 8,000+ members from all European countries and all continents.
He is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Head of Laboratory for Molecular Microbiology and Slovenian HIV/AIDS Reference Centre, Institute of Microbiology and Immunology at Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Professor Poljak´s laboratory offers 80 different molecular and serological assays and is also working on the development of new molecular diagnostic methods, improvement and evaluation of virological methods/assays.
The research of Prof. Poljak and his co-workers is focused on diagnostic aspects and genetic heterogeneity of human papillomaviruses, human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, H. pylori and M. tuberculosis, etiopathogenesis of head and neck carcinomas, etiopathogenesis and natural history of HPV-related benign tumors and intrahospital and unusual transmission of blood-born microorganisms.
He is author of more than 280 original research or review articles published in PubMed-cited journals. His papers have been cited more than 6,150 times, his current Hirsch index is 38 and his current Hirsch i10 index is 158.
As invited speaker he gave more than 280 lectures at international and national scientific and professional meetings. He is Editor of Acta Dermatovenerologica APA, Associate Editor of Journal of Clinical Virology and Editorial Board member of Journal of Clinical Microbiology, AIDS Reviews and Papillomavirus Research. He serves as peer reviewer for more than 80 scientific journals.