Jean Rommelaere received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Molecular Biology, Free University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium, in 1974. From 1976 to 1979, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University School of Medicine, USA. Between 1984–1992, Dr. Rommelaere was a Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology at ULB, and a Research Director of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) at the Pasteur Institute of Lille, France. He is currently a Professor at the Ruprecht-Karls University, and the Director of a division and an INSERM research unit at the Department of Infection and Cancer, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Rommelaere was the Chairman of this department from 1992 to 2006. He is also a Consultant Professor at the FuDan and Second Medical Universities of Shanghai, China. For his work, Dr. Rommelaere received several prizes from ULB, Fondation Universitaire, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, and Oeuvre Belge du Cancer. He was nominated Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite (France) in 2005. He is a Member of the Editorial Boards of Virology and the Journal of General Virology, and Coeditor of a book entitled Parvoviruses: From Molecular Biology to Pathology and Therapeutic Uses (2000). Present research interests of Dr. Rommelaere are focused on the validation of oncolytic viruses as cancer therapeutics, the interplay between viruses and the immune system, and the development of modified viral vectors.
Biography Updated on 2 June 2008