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Fellow and Director of Studies in Pharmacology
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Professor of Molecular Pharmacology
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Hendrik van Veen earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Biochemistry and PhD degree in Microbiology (supervisors Profs. Alex Zehnder and Wil Konings) cum laude at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. In 1996, his thesis on solute transport in bacteria was awarded the triennial Kluyver Award of the Netherlands Society of Microbiology. After post-doctoral work at the Universities of Groningen (Prof. Wil Konings) and Oxford (Prof. Chris Higgins), he received a research fellowship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) to work on bacterial multidrug resistance at Groningen University. During this time, he obtained a Max Gruber Award in Biochemistry from the University of Groningen. In 2001 he became associated with the University of Cambridge, Department of Pharmacology, where he is Professor of Molecular Pharmacology (grade 11), teaching fellow at Clare College, and principal investigator of a research group aiming at the mechanisms of antibiotic and anticancer drug recognition and transport by multidrug transporters in pro- and eukaryotic cells. Most recently, he was awarded the biennial Chaire Edmond de Rothschild Prize from the Rothschild Foundation and appointed Professor by Special Appointment (tokunin kyōju) at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, during sabbatical leave. He serves on various editorial boards and committees of funding agencies and societies. Click here for a citation overview of his publications.

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