Title: Professor of Molecular Virology
Work: Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ron Fouchier received a PhD in Medicine from the University of Amsterdam in 1995, for his studies on molecular determinants of HIV-1 phenotype variability at the Department of Clinical Viro-immunology, Sanquin Research. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, from 1995-1998, where he studied the function of the HIV-1 Vif protein, and nuclear transport of HIV-1 pre-integration complexes. He subsequently joined the Department of Virology at Erasmus MC to start a new group studying the molecular biology of respiratory viruses, in particular influenza A virus.
As a KNAW fellow, he studied influenza virus zoonoses and pathogenicity. Recent achievements of his team include the identification and characterization of several “new” viruses; the human metapneumovirus (hMPV), a human coronavirus (hCoV-NL), the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), and a new influenza A virus subtype (H16). Currently, his research is focused on the evolution and molecular biology of respiratory viruses in humans and animals, with special emphasis on influenza virus zoonoses and pandemics, and hMPV. Ron Fouchier is a member of the “Young Academy” (Jonge Akademie) of the KNAW.