Bird Flu Bioweaponized by Ron Fouchier
Ron Fouchier received a PhD in Medicine from the University of Amsterdam in 1995, for his studies on molecular determinants of HIV-1 phenotype variability at the Department of Clinical Viro-immunology, Sanquin Research. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, from 1995-1998, where he studied the function of the HIV-1 Vif protein, and nuclear transport of HIV-1 pre-integration complexes. He subsequently joined the Department of Virology at Erasmus MC to start a new group studying the molecular biology of respiratory viruses, in particular influenza A virus.
As a KNAW fellow, he studied influenza virus zoonoses and pathogenicity. Recent achievements of his team include the identification and characterization of several “new” viruses; the human metapneumovirus (hMPV), a human coronavirus (hCoV-NL), the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), and a new influenza A virus subtype (H16). Currently, his research is focused on the evolution and molecular biology of respiratory viruses in humans and animals, with special emphasis on influenza virus zoonoses and pandemics, and hMPV. Ron Fouchier is a member of the “Jonge Akademie” of the KNAW.
Virology department webpages
Fouchier RA, Kuiken T, Schutten M, van Amerongen G, van Doornum GJ, van den Hoogen BG, Peiris M, Lim W, Stohr K, and Osterhaus AD (2003)
Koch’s postulates fulfilled for SARS virus
Smith DJ, Lapedes AS, de Jong JC, Bestebroer TM, Rimmelzwaan GF, Osterhaus AD, and Fouchier RA (2004)
Mapping the antigenic and genetic evolution of influenza virus
Olsen B, Munster VJ, Wallensten A, Waldenström J, Osterhaus ADME, and Fouchier RAM (2006)
Global patterns of influenza A virus in wild birds
Russell CA, Jones TC, Barr IG, Cox NJ, Garten RJ, Gregory V, Gust ID, Hampson AW, Hay AJ, Hurt AC, de Jong JC, Kelso A, Klimov AI, Kageyama T, Komadina N, Lapedes AS, Lin YP, A. Mosterin, Obuchi M, Odagiri T, Osterhaus ADME, Rimmelzwaan GF, Shaw MW, Skepner E, Stohr K, Tashiro M, Fouchier RAM, and Smith DJ (2008)
The global circulation of seasonal influenza A (H3N2) viruses
Munster VJ, de Wit E, van den Brand JM, Herfst S, Schrauwen EJ, Bestebroer TM, van de Vijver D, Boucher CA, Koopmans M, Rimmelzwaan GF, Kuiken T, Osterhaus AD, Fouchier RA (2009)
Pathogenesis and transmission of swine-origin 2009 A(H1N1) influenza virus in ferrets