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Peter ten Dijke from Leiden University Medical Center Appointed as “Chang Jiang Scholar” Chair Professor

Date:2015-05-21

On May 15, 2015, Prof. Peter ten Dijke from Leiden University Medical Center was appointed as “Chang Jiang Scholar” Chair Professor. Executive Vice President of Zhejiang University Yonghua Song issued Prof. ten Dijke the certificate of appointment and the university badge.

Executive Vice President Yonghua Song, on behalf of the university, expressed warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to Prof. Peter ten Dijke for joining the faculty of Life Sciences Institute (LSI) of Zhejiang University. Executive Vice President Song pointed out that life science is an important leading subject in the 21st century, which has great influence to the development of natural and human sciences as well as to the national economy and the people's livelihood.Life science is the top priority of the development among various disciplines. In recent years, Zhejiang University has developed rapidly in the field of life sciences, forming its own characteristics and unique strength. As Zhejiang University’s first special academic zone, LSIhas grown rapidly, and has recruited a number of high level talents, for instance,two faculty members by the Recruitment Program of Global Experts, nine by the Recruitment Program of Global YouthExperts,one by the National Outstanding Youth Fund, and one by the Group of National Top Young Talents. Executive Vice President Song expressed the hope that LSI will strive to create desirable working and living conditions for Prof.Peter ten Dijke in China, so as to allow Prof. Peter ten Dijke to fully exert his expertise in research, especially in the field of TGF-βsignaling.
 
Prof.Peter ten Dijke expressed his thanks to Zhejiang University for endorsing and assisting his successful application of the Chang Jiang Scholarship at the Ministry of Education. He also expressed his eagerness to contribute to LSI’s development in the future.
 
It is believed that Prof. Peter ten Dijke’s joining will help Life Sciences Institute in building a world-class institution, elevating the level life sciences research of Zhejiang University and its impact and status in China and abroad.
 
 
Introduction of Prof. Peter ten Dijke
 
Prof. Peter ten Dijke obtained a doctorate from University of Wageningen in the Netherlandsin 1991, and then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in LudwigInstitute for Cancer Research (LICR), Uppsala. He started his independent research career there in 1994. In 1999, he worked at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, and in 2005, at the Leiden University Medical Center, and is now Head of the Department of Molecular Cell Biology.
 
Prof. Peter ten Dijke has made pioneering and breakthrough contributions to the field of TGF-β signaling. His distinguished work has laid a solid foundation for the study of the related fields. He has published nearly 300 research papers in the top journals including Cell, Nature and Science, many of which are widely cited (cited more than twenty thousand in total, with H-factor greater than 84).
 
In recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements, Prof. Peter ten Dijke has been selected to the seventh batch of Recruitment Programof Overseas Senior Experts in Zhejiang Province and selected to the fourteenth batch of the "Chang Jiang Scholars"Chair Professor by the Ministry of Education.