Willem De Vos

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Prof Willem de Vos

Programme Director Microbial Functionality and Safety, Top Institute Food and Nutrition, the Netherlands
Department of Agrotechnology and Food Science, Wageningen University & Research Centre, Netherlands
Finland Distinguished Professor, Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Helsinki University, Finland

Research Interests:

research group on lactic acid bacteria and (at the age of 32) became the first Professor of Bacterial Genetics and later Chair of Microbiology at Wageningen University, where he also served as Director of the Department of Biomolecular Sciences. While continuing his chair, in 2000 he became Programme Director Microbial Functionality and Safety at the Wageningen Centre for Food Sciences, now known as the Top Institute Food and Nutrition, a public/private centre of excellence in the Netherlands (TTI).

In 2007 he was selected as Finland Distinguished Professor and also became Professor of Molecular Microbiology at Helsinki University. He has supervised more than 60 PhD students, (co)authored over 350 peer-reviewed papers, and was involved in the filing of more than 25 patents or patent applications. He received several international awards, including the Rhone Poulenc Dairy Science Award, and is among the ISI highly cited authors in Microbiology (h factor > 60)

Selected Awards

  • Spinoza Award of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, 2008
    The prize is the highest Dutch award in science.
  • Member of the Health Council (Gezondheidsraad)
  • Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) .
  • Faculty Resource and Development Award.
    NC State University, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. 2006
  • Director Alopekos BV to promote Life Science activities and provide advice participates in the start-up companies GI-Health BV, Micro-Dish BV & AAK BV.
  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Nordic Network of Excellence Food, Nutrition and Health Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Valio Oy Helsinki Finland
  • Member of the DSM External Scientific Advisory Board, DSM Innovations Urmond, the Netherlands

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