Alain Vanderplasschen

Alain Vanderplasschen is full professor (laboratory of Immunology-Vaccinology) at the vet faculty of the University of Liège (Belgium). He graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1991, then completed in 1995 a PhD thesis untitled “In vitro study of the interactions between Bovine herpesvirus 4 and bovine cells”. Dr Vanderplasschen then moved to Oxford University to work on poxviruses in the lab of Prof. G.L. Smith. He compared the binding and the entry of the two infectious particles produced by vaccinia virus as well as their sensitivity to neutralization by complement and antibodies. In 2000, Dr Vanderplasschen was appointed head of the Immunology-Vaccinology lab (Vet faculty, University of Liège, Belgium). Ever since, he has been developing a group devoted to the study of host-pathogen interactions with a special interest for herpesviruses. In 2007, he initiated researches on the prototypic member of the Alloherpesviridaefamily, the Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) infecting common and koi carp. He is the author of more than 150 publications listed in PubMed and the inventors of six patents. Recently, he was nominate as laureate of the prestigious scientific award “GSK vaccines award” and ‘Chaire Francqui award” for his work on Cyprinid herpesvirus 3.