Harrach, Balázs Dr.

Harrach, Balázs Dr. scientific advisor, research team leader

scientific advisor, research team leader

Qualifications: 

doctor of veterinary medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, 1975

Academic degree: 

candidate of veterinary sciences (PhD), Hungarian Certification Commission (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), 1988

Academic title: 
DSc, 2002;
corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2016
Fields of interest: 
adenovirus, bioinformatics, circovirus, herpesvirus, molecular evolution, phylogenetics, virus diagnostics, virus taxonomy viruses of domesticated animals, viruses of wild animals
Membership: 
International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, Animal DNA Viruses and Retroviruses Subcommittee (chair: 2014-)
Acta Veterinaria Hungarica (editor in chief: 2013-)
Veterinary Doctoral School Committee (2013-)
Hungarian Bioinformatics Society (vice president: 2013-)
Bioinformatics Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (vice president: 2012-)
Hungarian Accreditation Committee, Agricultural Committee (2012-)
Veterinary Medicine Committee, Hungarian Academy of Science (2002-)
Veterinary Medical Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (director: 2000-2008)
Scientific awards, grants: 
Aujeszky Aladár Medallion (2010)
honorary university professor (Szent István University, 2008)
Academy Award (divided with Mária Benkő, 2005)
Manninger Rezső Medallion (2004)
Excellent Innovatior (Gold Anadem, 1987)
Selected publications: 

Simmonds P, Adams MJ, Benkő M, Breitbart M, Brister JR, Carstens EB, Davison AJ, Delwart E, Gorbalenya AE, Harrach B, et al. (2017) Virus taxonomy in the age of metagenomics. Nat Rev Microbiol. 15:161-168 doi: 10.1038/nrmicro.2016.177

Alonso-Padilla J, Papp T, Kaján GL, Benkő M, Havenga M, Lemckert A, Harrach B, Baker AH (2016) Development of novel adenoviral vectors to overcome challenges observed with HAdV-5 based constructs. Mol Ther. 24:6-16. doi: 10.1038/mt.2015.194

Pantó L, Podgorski II, Jánoska M, Márkó O, Harrach B (2015) Taxonomy proposal for Old World monkey adenoviruses: characterisation of several non-human, non-ape primate adenovirus lineages. Arch Virol. 160:3165-3177. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2575-z

Doszpoly A, Benkő M, Bovo G, LaPatra SE, Harrach B (2011) Comparative analysis of a conserved gene block from the genome of the members of the genus Ictalurivirus. Intervirol. 54:282-289. doi: 10.1159/000319430

Jones MS, Harrach B, Ganac RD, Gozum MMA, dela Cruz WP, Riedel B, Pan C, Delwart EL, Schnurr DP (2007) New adenovirus species found in a patient presenting with gastroenteritis. J Virol. 81:5978-5984. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02650-06

Benkő M, Harrach B (2003) Molecular evolution of adenoviruses. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 272:3-35.

Davison AJ, Benkő M, Harrach B (2003) Genetic content and evolution of adenoviruses. J Gen Virol. 84:2895-2908. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.19497-0

Davison AJ, Wright KM, Harrach B (2000) DNA sequence of frog adenovirus. J Gen Virol. 81:2431-2439. doi: 10.1099/0022-1317-81-10-2431

Benkő M, Harrach B (1998) A proposal for a new (third) genus within the family Adenoviridae. Arch Virol. 143:829-837. doi: 10.1007/s007050050335

Harrach B, Meehan BM, Benkő M, Adair BM, Todd D (1997) Close phylogenetic relationship between egg drop syndrome virus, bovine adenovirus serotype 7, and ovine adenovirus strain 287. Virology. 229:302-306. doi: 10.1006/viro.1996.8390

Harrach B, Bata Á, Bajmócy E, Benkő M (1983) Isolation of satratoxins from the bedding straw of a sheep flock with fatal stachybotryotoxicosis. Appl Environ Microbiol. 45:1419-1422.