Prof. F.G. (Frank) Grosveld
Molecular Cell Biology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Spinoza laureate 1995
Frank Grosveld (b. 1948) was awarded his NWO Spinoza Prize in 1995. He is Professor of Cell Biology and Genetics at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Professor Grosveld's work is of an exceptionally high standard in terms of both quantity and quality. His list of publications, mostly in top international journals, is impressive.
International recognition of his ability is demonstrated by awards such as the Jeantet Prize for Medicine (1991) and the Howard Hughes International Research Scholar Award (1992). He was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 1986. Memberships of the Academia Europaea, the Royal Society and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) followed in 1990, 1991 and 1994 respectively. He also sits on several advisory committees.
Professor Grosveld is a stimulating and innovative scientist. His work focuses on the regulation of gene expression and the interest of many young researchers from the Netherlands and beyond. Twenty EMBO fellows, six European research programme fellows and twenty-one postdocs funded from other international sources, together with six PhD students, worked under his supervision during his time in the UK. In 1993 he returned to the Netherlands. He currently has twelve postdocs and six PhD students working in his group. Professor Grosveld is expected to maintain the high level of his research in recent years for a long time to come.
The award of a Spinoza Prize at this time, while he is building up a new group in the Netherlands, will have a major impact. The prize will enable him to expand the expensive infrastructure of a top molecular biology laboratory, including a modern transgenic animal facility designed according to the latest standards, which could serve as an international centre of research. The impact will also radiate to other groups within the research school.