Paul Janssen did his M.Eng degree in 1981 at Ghent University, Belgium, with Professor Marc van Montagu on the DNA sequence analysis of Agrobacterium tumefaciens octopine T-DNA. He then moved to the EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany, and worked as a Technician in Professor Marc Zabeau's group on the restriction-modification system EcoRI of Escherichia coli. When Professor Zabeau became Head of the biotech company Plant Genetic Systems, Ghent, Belgium, Paul moved back to Ghent and worked at PGS on the molecular analysis of xylose isomerase from industrial streptomycetes. In 1986, he enrolled at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, for an M.S. degree course on microbial genetics and studied nitrogen metabolism in the ABE fermenter Clostridium acetobutylicum, obtaining his Ph.D. degree in microbiology from UCT in 1990, under the guidance of Professor (em.) David Woods and Professor (em.) Dave Jones and his D.S. degree from the Flemish Ministry of Education in 1992. Paul's interest in microbial nitrogen metabolism was continued by his postdoctoral work on the glutamate synthase operon in Bacillus subtilis, with Professor Linc Sonenshein at Tufts University, Boston, USA. After two years Paul moved back to Belgium to become a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Ghent, Belgium, (1992-1997) and a Glaxo-Welcome Fellow at the University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, (1998-2000). Early in 2000, Paul started a second two-year Postdoc in bioinformatics at the EBI in Cambridge, UK, and worked with Professor Christos Ouzounis on the meta-analysis of microbial genomes until March 2002. After a 12-month shunt at the University of Liége (B), Liege, Belgium, he finally settled at the Belgian Nuclear Research Center, Belgium, where he has been working on heavy metal resistance and radio tolerance in soil bacteria since 2003 and the applied use of cyanobacteria in bioreactors since 2008.
Biography Updated on 3 March 2013