Ronald van Rij is associate professor and head of the laboratory of Experimental Virology at the Dept. of Medical Microbiology. As a PhD student, he studied chemokine receptors in HIV-1 infection and AIDS pathogenesis and obtained his PhD with honors (Cum Laude) from the University of Amsterdam. After post-doctoral training at the University of California San Francisco (USA) and the Hubrecht Institute (Utrecht, the Netherlands), he moved to Nijmegen as a recipient of a Radboudumc tenure-track fellowship. His laboratory studies virus-host interactions in insects and mammals. Current research is funded by several national and international grants, including a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), a VICI grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and a research grant from the Human Frontiers Science Program.
Our main aim is to achieve a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms of disease. By integrating fundamental and clinical research, we obtain multifaceted knowledge of (patho)physiological processes.
Ronald van Rij's group studies virus-host interactions in both mosquito vector and mammalian host. By doing so, we hope to gain insights into arbovirus transmission and contribute to the development of novel antiviral therapy.