Jesús L. Romalde is a full professor at the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He was born at Ferrol (Galicia, NW Spain) in 1964, finished school at Institute Concepción Arenal (1981), studied Biology at Universidade of Santiago de Compostela (1987), obtained a PhD in Biology at the same institution (1992), and completed postdoctoral work as a Spanish Ministry Fellow at Baylor College of Medicine (USA)(1994).
Prof. Romalde began his research career in the 1980s at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, working on fish pathogens. Since 1994, when he obtained a associate professor at the Universidade of Santiago de Compostela, he continued to work on fish and shellfish pathogens, with special interest in the description of new taxa with pathogenic potential for marine organisms. Simultaneously he founded the enteric viruses laboratory focused on the detection, transmission and epidemiology of enteric viruses, including hepatitis A virus and norovirus. Since 2019, he became an active member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Environmental Technologies (CRETUS) of the University of Santiago de Compostela, in which he develops different lines of research related to viral contamination in different environments and the effectiveness of wastewater treatments to eliminate viruses and micropollutants.
Prof. Romalde has been involved in research in microbiology of aquatic organisms for more than 30 years, he has participated in 50 R&D projects financed by public calls (national and European) and presented lectures at international meetings. He has directed 20 Ph.D. theses. Between 2012 and 2014, he held the position of Vice-rector for Degrees and Teaching and Research Staff of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), and since 2017 is the Head of the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology in this institution. Jesús L. Romalde has published over 230 papers, received numerous distinctions, awards and prizes.