Hubert G. M. NiestersMSc, PhD
Bert Niesters (1958) studied biology and chemistry in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After obtaining his PhD in Utrecht (Prof.dr. M. Horzinek and Prof.dr. B. van der Zeijst, 1987) on the molecular epidemiology of infectious bronchitis virus, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. dr. Jim Strauss at the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, USA) on the replication of Alphaviruses. He received a Niels Stensen fellowship (The Netherlands) and an E.S. Gosney fellowship (CalTech) during this period. After returning to the Netherlands (1989), he became a research associate in medical microbiology at the Diagnostic Medical Center (Delft), but moved back to clinical virology as a senior research associate in 1991 at the University Medical Center Rotterdam (Head Prof.dr. Ab Osterhaus). From 1993 till 2007, he was responsible for the molecular diagnostics unit. During this period, he has been involved in the discovery and characterization of several new viruses and variants. In 2007, he became professor and director of the new laboratory of Clinical Virology within the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University Medical Centre Groningen.