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prof. dr. Ron Fouchier

Fields of Expertise: Molecular Virology and Virus Evolution

fouchierRon Fouchier (1966) received a PhD in Medicine from the University of Amsterdam in 1995 for studies on HIV and continued to study HIV as a post-doctoral fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, from 1995-1998.

He subsequently started a new group to study the molecular biology of respiratory viruses, in particular influenza A virus, at the Viroscience Department of Erasmus MC Rotterdam. As a fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, he studied influenza virus zoonoses and pathogenicity. Achievements of his team include the identification and characterization of several "new" viruses; the human metapneumovirus (hMPV), human coronavirus NL63, the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), the MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and a new influenza A virus subtype (H16).  Fouchier is alumni member of the "Young Academy" of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, elected member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, recipient of the 2006 Heine-Medin award of the European Society for Clinical Virology and the 2013 Huibregtsen prize for top innovative science with societal impact. Fouchier co-authored more than 350 publications that have been cited ~30,000 times. Fouchier is an editor for several infectious disease journals, and member of advisory committees for Dutch government and (international) scientific organisations and conferences. His group is part of an NIH/NIAID Center of Excellence for Influenza Research, and participates in several WHO working groups. His research is further funded by several EU programs and Dutch and US government.

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