Ron Fouchier

Titels Prof. dr. ing.
Initials R.A.M.
Main position Hoogleraar EUR
Disciplines Medicine
  Infections, parasitology, virology
Chair Moleculaire virologie
Domain Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences
Membership Member
Since 2016
Board Member of Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences
Member of Advisory committee Planetary Health
Member of Council for Medical Sciences
Employed by Erasmus MC Rotterdam
Afdeling Viroscience
Wytemaweg 80
3015 CN Rotterdam
tel.  010 704 4067
Personal website

Ron Fouchier is a pivotal figure in the field virology. He is well known among virologists for his research on respiratory viruses: his team discovered the MERS coronavirus and the metapneumovirus, and he made an important contribution to research on avian influenza.

Fouchier examines the mechanisms behind the evolution of viruses in order to understand which traits lead to illness and drive transmission of the virus between hosts.

Fouchier plays an active role in public debate concerning the biological risks of research, and he has outspoken ideas about the role of the World Health Organisation in epidemiological research.