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Curriculum Vitae Prof. Jean Rommelaere

Jean Rommelaere, PhD (*1948)
Head of the Division Tumor Virology (F010)

Born October 15, 1948 in Brussels, Belgium.
Nationality: Belgian.
Three children.


1967 First Candidature in Biological Science,  Magna cum Laude, from the Free     University  of Brussels (Université Libre de  Bruxelles, ULB).
1968 Second Candidature in Biological Science, Summa cum Laude, from the ULB.
1969 First Licence in Zoological Science, Summa cum Laude, from the ULB.
1970 Second Licence in Zoological Science Molecular Biology Section, Summa cum Laude, from the ULB.
1970 Diploma for Teaching at the Secondary Level, Summa cum Laude, from the ULB.
1972 Course completed in Theoretical Physical Chemistry at the ULB.
1973 Course completed in Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes- Stability and Fluctuations, at the ULB.
1974 Ph. D. in Zoological Science, Molecular Biology Section, Summa cum Laude, from  the ULB.

1970-1984 Aspirant, Chargé de Recherches and Chercheur Qualifié sponsored by the National Fund for Scientific Research (Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, FNRS) at the Lab. of Radiobiology & Biophysics, Dept. of Molecular Biology, ULB, Brussels, Belgium.
1975-1976 Military service: assigned to the Ministerial Bureau for Scientific Policy Programming, Brussels, Belgium.
1976-1978 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.
1978-1979 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven USA.
1984-1992 Lecturer and Director of the Laboratory of Biophysics and Radiobiology, ULB, Brussels, Belgium.
1984-1992 Research Director, sponsored by the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Institut  National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, INSERM), at the Pasteur Institute of Lille, France.
1992-2017 Professor (C4) , Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg
1992-          Head of Department, German Cancer Research Center  (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ),  Heidelberg, Germany.

1992-2006 Chairman of the program “Applied Tumor Virology/ Infection and Cancer”, DKFZ/Helmholtz Association  of German Research Centers, Germany.
1993-2011 Director of INSERM Units ("Virological Applications in Oncology", “Cancer Virotherapy”) at the DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany.

1968 Fleurice Mercier Award, ULB.
1976 Louis Empain Scientific Award in the Natural and Medical Sciences, Fondation Universitaire.
1976-1978 Fulbright Scholarship and Research Fellowship from the Rose and Jean Hoguet     Foundation, both through the Commission for Educational Exchange between the USA and Belgium.
1984 F. De Waele Award in Cancer Research, FNRS.
1989 Visiting professorship at the Shanghaï Second Medical University, P.R. China.
1991 Pierre Descamps Award, Oeuvre Belge du Cancer
1995 Advisory professorship at FuDan University, Shanghai, P.R. China
2005 Officier dans l’Ordre national du Mérite (France)
2009 Foreign membership of the Bulgarian National Academy of Medicine
2016 Membership of the European Academy for Tumor Immunology

European (4) and American (4) Associations


Original papers: 222 articles
Review papers: 43 articles
Editorship: 1 book
Patents: 24 families

Invited talks at congresses: 129
Seminars: 118



Editorial Boards (Member):
Journal of General Virology; Virology; Advances in Virology; Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers; Oncolytic Virotherapy; Journal of Virology and  Biotechnology; Acta Microbiologica Bulgarica; Frontiers in Bioengineering and  Biotechnology; Onco Targets and Therapy
Scientific council (Member):
FINOVI Foundation (Innovations en Infectiologie) Baillet-Latour Foundation
Juries (Member):
L. Griffuel Prize (Association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer)
Specialized Scientific Commission of INSERM
Scientific press (Referee): 78 international Journals
Research assessment committees (Member): 52 Organizations
Consultancies (Expert): 2 Agencies
Thesis and promotion committees (Member): 34 Universities

Lecturer at 10 Universities (BE, FR, DE, CN)
Instructor for 9 international courses
Organizer of 2 international workshops

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