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Prof. dr. Thijs Kuiken

Thijs Kuiken graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He obtained a Ph.D. degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and specialized as a veterinary pathologist, certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Since 2006, he is Professor of Comparative Pathology at the Viroscience Lab of the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His group is mostly involved in investigating the pathogenesis and pathology of emerging virus infections, including human metapneumovirus, monkeypox virus, respiratory syncytial virus, SARS coronavirus, and influenza virus by use of ex vivo and in vivo models. Achievements of his group include identifying SARS coronavirus as the primary cause of SARS, showing the ability of H5N1 influenza virus to attach to and replicate in the lower human respiratory tract, and identifying novel routes of entry for H5N1 influenza virus in the mammalian host. His current focus is the pathogenesis of influenza in multiple species, and identification of underlying factors for viruses to cross the species barrier from wildlife reservoirs to humans.