Walter Fiers#


Walter Fiers
Email:walter.fiers 'at' skynet.be
Membership Number:165
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:BELGIUM
Section:BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Username:wfiers
Homepage:http://www.irc.ugent.be/index.php?id=walterfiersdescr





Present and Previous Positions
  • 1997 Professor Emeritus
  • 1997 Free-lance Research Collaborator at the University of Ghent, group Molecular Virology, DMBR, Gent, Belgium
  • 1979 – 1989 Member of the “Scientific Board” of Biogen Inc.
  • 1969 - 1996 Professor of Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • 1967 - 1997 Director-Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (later renamed as “Department”), University of Ghent, Belgium
  • 1963 - 1967 Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • 1962 Research Associate, Institute for Enzyme Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • 1960 - 1962 Senior Research Assistant with the NFWO
  • 1960 - 1961 Research Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, USA
  • 1960 - 1961 Research Fellow in Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA,
  • 1957 - 1959 Research Assistant with the NFWO (National Foundation for Scientific Research)

Fields of Scholarship
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Virology

Honours and Awards
  • Awards
    • 1961 Triannual Award "J.B. Van Helmont" of the Royal Flemish Academy of Medicine of Belgium
    • 1966 Award of the Flemish Chemical Society
    • 1971 Medal of the Société de Chimie Biologique de France
    • 1975 Award "Doctor A. De Leeuw - Damry - Bourlart" of the National Foundation for Scientific Research of Belgium
    • 1976 Francqui Award (Francqui Foundation, Belgium)
    • 1978 Doctor honoris causa, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
    • 1980 Jenkinson Memorial Lecture, University of Oxford, UK
    • 1986 Dr. Beijerinck Gold Medal for Virology, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, The Netherlands
    • Rik & Nel Wouters Prize for Cancer Research, Belgium
    • 1989 Artois - Baillet Latour Prize, Belgium
    • Carlos J. Finlay Prize (UNESCO Prize for Microbiology, including Immunology, Molecular Biology and Genetics)
    • 1990 Personal title of "Baron" and hereditary nobility conferred by H.M. the King of Belgium
    • 1991 Robert Koch Prize (Robert Koch-Stiftung, Bonn, Germany)
    • 2003 Co-laureate of the 2003 A. Sabin Prize for Belgium
  • Memberships
    • 1966 EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation)
    • 1981 the FlemishRoyal Academy of Belgium
    • 1989 Academia Europaea
    • 1989 HUGO (The Human Genome Organisation)
    • 1991 Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Flemish Engineers
    • 1992 Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine
    • 1999 “Foreign Honorary Member” of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • 2000 Honorary Life Membership Award of the International Cytokine Society.


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