John van der Oost

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials J.
Main position Hoogleraar WUR
Disciplines Microbiology
  Biotechnology
  Biochemistry
  Biobased economy
Chair Moleculaire microbiologie / bacteriële genetica
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Wageningen University & Research
Laboratory of Microbiology, Helix building, room 5044
Stippeneng 4
6708 WE Wageningen
tel.  0317 483 108
john.vanderoost@wur.nl
Personal website

For the past 25 years, John van der Oost has been at the forefront of international research on the genetic material of bacteria and other micro-organisms. Ten years ago, he and his research group were the first to explain the mechanism behind the CRISPR-Cas immune system in bacteria. Thanks to their discovery, researchers were able to develop a new tool for targeted genetic modification. Van der Oost recently unravelled a second bacterial immune system that will make further additions to the genetic toolkit possible. His findings are driving the development of gene therapy, i.e. the repair of genetic disorders.