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Hans Westerhoff

Hans Westerhoff
Hans Westerhoff in 2014
Hans Victor Westerhoff

(1953-01-14) 14 January 1953 (age 68)
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam (PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsSystems biology
ThesisMosaic non-equilibrium thermodynamics and (the control of) biological free-energy transduction (1983)
Academic advisorsKarel van Dam

Hans Victor Westerhoff (born 14 January 1953 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch biologist and biochemist who is professor of synthetic systems biology at the University of Amsterdam and AstraZeneca professor of systems biology at the University of Manchester. Currently he is a Chair of AstraZeneca and a director of the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology.


Westerhoff was educated at the University of Amsterdam where he was awarded a PhD in 1983 for investigations of non-equilibrium thermodynamics and the control of biological thermodynamics supervised by Karel van Dam. In 1996 he succeeded Ad Stouthamer as professor of microbiology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


In March 1995 Westerhoff wrote about a discovery of magainin in the African clawed frog which helps it fight against bacteria which he discovered along with his colleagues. In December 1996 he and his group discovered a nitric-oxide reductase of Paracoccus denitrificans. In 2000 he and Martin Bier, along with Barbara Bakker discovered that yeast cells can oscillate and merge with others in some cases because they get energized from glycolysis. In 2013 he studied maps of human metabolism and came out with its biochemical map.

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