Rudi Beyaert obtained his Ph.D. degree in sciences/biotechnology from the Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, in 1992 under the mentorship of Professor Walter Fiers. He continued his postdoctoral research in the same laboratory on TNF signaling. In 1996, he became a Group Leader of the Unit of Molecular Signal Transduction in Inflammation at the VIB Department for Molecular Biomedical Research in Ghent. In 1998, he was appointed as an Associate Professor at the Ghent University, where he was promoted to Full Professor in molecular biology, in 2003. He is the Director of the Belgian Co-ordinated Collections of Micro-organisms (BCCM)/LMBP plasmid collection and the Associate Department Director of the Department for Molecular Biomedical Research of the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Ghent, Belgium. He is currently leading a research group of 18 scientists, studying the molecular basis of inflammatory diseases, with a special interest in signaling mechanisms that control NF-kB activation by proinflammatory cytokines and Toll-like receptors. He received several awards, amongst which, in 2002, the ISI Award for the most cited international publication of Flemish researchers in the field of life sciences (1995–1999) and, in 2003, the Pfizer Award for his work on “Modulation of TLR/IL-1R mediated signal transduction and potential applications in the treatment of inflammatory disease”. Beyaert has published over 120 papers on his research, which received more than 6000 citations.
Biography Updated on 18 February 2009