Dr Heli Harvala is a consultant medical virologists currently working for the NHS Blood and Transplant, and Public Health England. She is also a Honorary Associate Clinical Professor at the University College of London. She is a member of executive committee for European Society for Clinical Virology, and is leading the establishment of a European non-polio enterovirus network (ENPEN). She is also
Before moving to the UK in 2003, she graduated in Medicine, obtained a Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry and a PhD in Virology at the University of Turku, Finland. She completed her training in clinical virology at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2015. She was nominated as Adjunct Professor in Molecular Virology at the University of Turku in 2013. Before commencing here first medical virology consultant job at the UCLH in 2016, she completed the 2-year European Public Health Microbiology fellowship programme at the Public Health Agency of Sweden, funded and organised by the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC). She is interested in combining her research orientated Clinical Virology career with the public health. Her main research interest include not only molecular epidemiology of virus infections but also the emergence of new enterovirus and parechovirus types; what are the potential sources of human infections, and what the disease potential of newly emerged viruses is. She is also keen in promoting better diagnostics and surveillance for these infections.