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Jean Pieters Uni. of Basel, Switzerland

Jean Pieters is professor of biochemistry at the Biozentrum, University of Basel in Basel, Switzerland. He obtained his doctoral degree in biochemistry from the Department of Medicine, University of Maastricht, after which he joined the laboratory of Bernhard Dobberstein at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany as a postdoctoral fellow. There, he initiated his work on the cell biology of antigen processing and presentation after which he joined the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam as a junior group leader and focused on the molecular and cellular basis of immune cell activation. He was recruited in 1996 to the Basel Institute for Immunology, Basel, Switzerland, and moved to the Biozentrum in 2002, where he and his group are investigating signal transduction processes that are involved in the body’s immune defense.

Among the contributions of his laboratory to a better understanding of immunity are the characterization of the intracellular events leading to antigen presentation, the identification of immune evasion mechanisms employed by the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the discovery of a leukocyte specific signaling pathway essential for T cell survival. He is the recipient of several awards, among which the Sanofi Prize (1989), the Eppendorf Yong Investigator Award (1999), the Pfizer Award for Infectiology (2001) as well as the Friedrich Miescher Award (2002). In 2011, he was elected as a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences.

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