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Hans Westerhoff

Universities of Manchester and Amsterdam

Hans V. Westerhoff received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. After a brief postdoc at the University of Padua he became Visiting Scientist at the National Institutes of Health (USA) to work on DNA supercoiling, regulation and control, and antimicrobial peptides.  After 6 years at the Netherlands Cancer Institute he became full professor of Microbial Physiology at the VU University Amsterdam.  From 2005 he also holds the AstraZeneca Chair for Systems Biology at the University of Manchester, where he is director of the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology and the Doctoral Training Centre Integrative Systems Biology.  Since November 2011 he is also Professor of Synthetic Systems Biology at the University of Amsterdam.  He actively promotes Systems Biology and Systems Medicine and is one of the drivers of the Future of Medicine (FoM) initiatives.  His  research interests include  integrated experimental and computational systems biology of human disease, sometimes using microorganisms as model systems.  Starting with his silicon cell initiative he has been working towards detailed mathematical  models of pathways in the human.  More recently he has developed this into intial models for personalized (n=1) medicine, with first applications in network-based drug design in sleeping sickness and in toxicology.  His more than 550 publications, cited more than 13 k times include a monograph and multiple success stories in synthetic and systems biology.

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