Dr. Peter Delputte is Professor of Microbiology and Cell Biology at the Laboratory for Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH) at the University of Antwerp. He is a bio-engineer with a biotechnological background. He has a PhD in Virology with a focus on virus entry and macrophage cell biology. He received an EMBO postdoctoral fellowship for a research stay at the Laboratory of Prof. Paul Crocker (University of Dundee) to study the role of sialoadhesin in macrophages and he was a visiting post doctoral at the Laboratory of Prof. Anne Dell (Imperial College London) to study the role of virus glycosylation for virus entry in macrophages. Besides his interest in basic research, he has extensive experience with research valorisation projects (vaccine development, creation of cell lines for industrial vaccine production and development of a technology to target macrophages) and he successfully completed a programme in Technology Transfer Management from the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School.
Mechanism of entry of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Respiratory Syncytial Virus Immune evasion, Development of recombinant antibody – fusion proteins to target macrophages via the macrophage-specific receptor sialoadhesin (Siglec-1; CD169), Role of the macrophage-specific receptor Sialoadhesin (CD169; Siglec-1) in interaction of macrophages with pathogens, Development of pathogen-specific monoclonal antibodies for use in research, diagnosis and therapy.