Evelien Adriaenssens is a Research Leader at the Quardam Institute. She received her PhD in 2012 from the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of the University of Leuven, Belgium, where she worked on the use of bacteriophages as biocontrol agents against soft rot on potato. Before joining the University of Liverpool in July 2016, she spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Here, she investigated the ecology of viruses in desert ecosystems. During this time, she specialized in viral metagenomics and associated bioinformatic analyses. Her research interests are virus genomics and metaviromics, and how these can be used to understand the impact of viruses on their environment, including pathogenicity for their hosts or beneficial effects on the ecosystem in general.
Since 2014, Evelien has been the Vice Chair of the Bacterial and Archaeal Virus Subcommittee of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). In this position, she has been working on implementing genomic and proteomic approaches in the classification of viruses and has contributed to over 200 Taxonomy Proposals.