|Titels||Prof. dr. ing.|
|Main position||Hoogleraar EUR|
|Medicine (human and animal)|
Erasmus MC Rotterdam
3015 CN Rotterdam
tel. 010 704 40 67
Ron Fouchier is a pivotal figure in the field virology. He is well known among virologists for his research on respiratory viruses: his team discovered the MERS coronavirus and the metapneumovirus, and he made an important contribution to research on avian influenza.
Fouchier examines the mechanisms behind the evolution of viruses in order to understand which traits lead to illness and drive transmission of the virus between hosts.
Fouchier plays an active role in public debate concerning the biological risks of research, and he has outspoken ideas about the role of the World Health Organisation in epidemiological research.