Prof. Ab Osterhaus DVM, PhD is the Head of Dept of Virology Erasmus MC, chairman of the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI). He played an essential role in the identification of SARS-CoV as the cause of SARS and discovered more than 20 novel viruses from humans and animals.
He is a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, editor of several journals in infectious diseases, chairman or member of numerous scientific advisory boards and international scientific evaluation committees. He is author of more than 1000 peer-reviewed publications and mentor of more than 60 PhD students.
He has coordinated numerous EU and other internationally funded projects and is currently the coordinator of the FP-7 projects EMPERIE and VECTORIE. He has received several international awards and the European Research Council advanced researcher grant for his research related to novel strategies against influenza (FLUPLAN).
Herfst S, Schrauwen EJ, Linster M, Chutinimitkul S, de Wit E, Munster VJ,Sorrell EM, Bestebroer TM, Burke DF, Smith DJ, Rimmelzwaan GF, Osterhaus AD, Fouchier RA. Airborne transmission of influenza A/H5N1 virus between ferrets. Science. 2012;336(6088):1534.
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. Pathogenesis and transmission of swine-origin 2009 A(H1N1) influenza virus in ferrets. Science. 2009 Jul 24;325(5939):481-