Carl Gustav Figdor - Curriculum Vitae#

Biographical details:
  • Full name and title(s): Professor Carl Gustav Figdor
  • University and Faculty: Radboud University Nijmegen, Faculty of Medical Science

  • 1979 MSc Biology, University of Utrecht, Utrecht (summa cum laude)
  • 1982 PhD Thesis "Separation of Human Leukocytes by Physical Methods", University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam. (promotor, prof dr. F. Cleton, co-promotor, dr. W. Bont)

Memberships, prizes awarded, lecture invitations received:

Scientific committees: 1996-1999 Member Scientific Committee of Belgian Organization for Funding of Scientific Research; 1996-2002 Member of the Scientific Board of the Dutch Cancer Society;1996-2004 Member of the board of the Dutch Society of Immunology; 1998-2006 Member of the VICI committee of Dutch Science Organization (NWO); 2000-2003 Member of the Scientific Committee of the Catholic University of Nijmegen; 2000-2007 Member of the Board of the committee of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW); 2007-presentMember of the scientific advisory board of the Netherlands Cancer Institute.

Frequent member of site visit committees. In 2008, he chaired the site visit of the Hubrecht institute, an Institute of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences in the Netherlands (KNAW).

Scientific journals:

He is a member of the Editorial Board for European Journal of Immunology and a frequent referee for various international journals including: Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Immunology, Science, Cell, Immunity, Journal of Immunology, Journal Cell Biology, Blood, European Journal of Immunology, International Journal of Cancer, Melanoma.


Bachelor and master students. As scientific director of the Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences (NCMLS), he developed, together with colleagues within NCMLS, an NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) approved honors master: ‘Molecular Mechanisms of Disease’ in 2005. This masters program admits only the top 5% of students within the domain of molecular life sciences (see: For this program, he teaches a one-week course ‘Excellence in communication’, aimed at all aspects of science communication by a highly personalized training program.
PhD students. So far, he has supervised 27 PhD students, 7 of which are now associate professors and 4 full professors (prof. P. Sloot, prof. Y. van Kooyk, prof. G. Adema, prof. T. Geijtenbeek). Furthermore, he is responsible for teaching courses in immunology, cell biology, cell adhesion and migration, gene- and immunotherapy.

Granted patents:
  • EP0934405: Melanoma associated peptide analogues and vaccines against melanoma
  • US6500919: Melanoma associated antigenic polypeptide, epitopes thereof and vaccines against melanoma
  • JP4322504: Method for modulating the binding activity of a novel ICAM-3 binding receptor on siunoidal endothelial cells in liver and lymph nodes
  • EP1086137: Composition and method for modulating dendritic cell-T cell interaction
  • US7541032: Antigen uptake receptor for candida albicans on dendritic cells
  • EP0235160: Method and device for the separation and isolation of blood or bone marrow components
  • EP0587257: Method and device for preventing imbalance during the separation and isolation of blood or bone marrow components.

Invited lectures at international conferences and workshops:

Over the past 10 years Prof. Carl Figdor was invited speaker at more than 160 different occasions.
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