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prof. dr. J.W.A. Rossen

Talent track professor Medical Microbiology
prof. dr. J.W.A. Rossen
+31 50 361 3480 (Secretary)

Prof. dr. John W. A. Rossen has a 30-year history in molecular virology and molecular microbiology, and more than 160 peer reviewed publications (H-index 35). He is tenure track Professor for Medical Microbiology, in particular Personalised Microbiology, at the University of Groningen and head of the molecular unit which has successfully implemented the use of next generation sequencing for routine clinical microbiology and infection prevention. The method is used to determine the genetic relationship between pathogens (used to guide infection prevention measures) and for the molecular detection and further characterisation of (emerging) pathogens. This includes analyses for revealing (new) antibiotic resistance mechanisms and for determining the virulence of pathogens resulting in improved risk assessment and infection prevention. In addition, based on comparing whole genomes of bacteria, tailor-made diagnostic tests are developed used for specific detection of outbreak and/or virulent bacterial strains. Nowadays, his research group “Personalised Microbiology”, closely linked to Prof. dr. Alex Friedrich's research group "Genomics of Infection Prevention", focuses on implementing metagenomics and metatranscriptomics into clinical microbiology. These methods are not only applied to patient samples but also to animal-, food- and water samples. Apart from characterising the micro-organisms (including viruses) the interaction between them as well as with their host is studied. Prof. dr. Rossen is secretary of the ESCMID study group for genomic and molecular diagnostics (ESGMD) and board member of the Dutch Society of Medical Microbiology.

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Last modified:27 February 2019 7.58 p.m.

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Antonius Deusinglaan 1
9713 AV Groningen
The Netherlands

De Brug Mailcode EB80

Job title:
Medical Molecular Microbiologist
+31 50 361 3480 (Secretary)