Team Member

Joana Rocha-Pereira



Joana Rocha-Pereira is a Research Associate in the laboratory of Prof. Johan Neyts, at the Rega Institute, KU Leuven (Belgium). Her research focuses on the replication of norovirus (and other diarrhea-causing viruses), aiming to develop efficient antiviral strategies. With this purpose, she has established a number of in vitro and in vivo model systems and will now, within Organovir, focus on gut organoids as platform for antiviral research. Joana will supervise ESR12.



About the Rega Institute for Medical Research, KU Leuven


In 2016 and 2017 the University of Leuven (KUL) was listed by Thomson Reuters in the annual list of Europe’s most innovative universities. The Rega Institute for Medical Research (KUL-REGA) is part of the University of Leuven (KUL). It consists of departments of medicine and pharmacology and is a renowned center in Europe contributing to the discovery of novel antiviral and antibacterial treatments (Brivudine, Tenofovir).