Prof. Jan Tavernier obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1984 on the cloning of interferon and interleukin genes. After an extended stay at Biogen and later at Roche, he returned in 1996 to Ghent University at the VIB Centre for Medical Biotechnology. He founded the Cytokine Receptor Laboratory that currently hosts over 30 researchers. His main areas of expertise are cytokine receptor activation and signal transduction, and the analysis of protein-protein interactions using the in-house developed MAPPIT toolbox (www.mappit.be). More recently, the lab is also developing AcTakines: optimised immunocytokines which are devoid of systemic toxicity.
Jan Tavernier published more than 300 refereed manuscripts and holds over 40 patent applications. He is Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and is a member of Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences and The Arts. In 2015, he co-founded Orionis Biosciences.