Henk P. Haagsman

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Henk P. Haagsman graduated from Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 1978 with a B.S. degree in chemistry. His major was biochemistry (at the Faculty of Chemistry) and his subspecialty what was then called physiological chemistry (at the Faculty of Medicine). He started his Ph.D. degree track at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, where he investigated the regulation of the synthesis and secretion of triacylglycerols by isolated hepatocytes. This work was supported by a grant from The Netherlands Foundation for Chemical Research and was carried out at the Laboratory of Veterinary Biochemistry, under the supervision of Professor L.M.G. van Golde. As a postdoctoral fellow, he shifted his attention to pulmonary surfactants and examined mechanisms that cause their alteration in toxic and diseased states, using isolated type II pneumocytes. This work was supported by a grant from the Netherlands Asthma Foundation. In 1985, he was the recipient of the Constantijn en Christiaan Huygens Award, a prize awarded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and intended to keep outstanding scientists in academia. It is given to only few biochemists, to enable them to do research and to teach for five years at a university of their choice. From 1986 to 1988, he worked as a Visiting Scientist at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, Calif, USA, where he started his work on the structure and function of pulmonary surfactant proteins in the laboratory of Professors S. Hawgood and J.A. Clements. After his return, he continued with biophysical to immunological studies of the pulmonary surfactant system, which have resulted in more than 80 scientific papers. In 1998, he was appointed as a Professor of meat science at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University. His current research topics are regulation of proteolytic systems in muscle cells and innate mucosal defense systems of the gastrointestinal track.

Biography Updated on 22 November 2010

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