Xavier Saelens

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Xavier Saelens (born 1965) is a Belgian scientist and currently his main research interest is finding a universal influenza vaccine.[1] He is a Lecturer in Virology and Group Leader of the Molecular Virology Unit at the University of Ghent (Ghent, Belgium)


He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Ghent in 1985, and a Master's degree in Biotechnology and also a PhD in Biotechnology (1990) and he is the father of Ganna and Emma Saelens, and the husband of Margot Huyghe.


He worked as a Postdoc at the University of Ghent from 1990 until 2004 and he is VIB Project Leader since 2005. His current research focuses on the development and characterisation of novel influenza A and B vaccines. Together with Walter Fiers and their team, he works on the development of an M2e-based vaccine.[2][3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ Fiers W, De Filette M, Birkett A, Neirynck S, Min Jou W, A universal human influenza A vaccine, Virus Res. 2004 Jul;103(1-2):173-6
  2. ^ Neirynck S, Deroo T, Saelens X, Vanlandschoot P, Jou WM, Fiers W, A universal influenza A vaccine based on the extracellular domain of the M2 protein, Nat Med. 1999 Oct;5(10):1157-63
  3. ^ Saelens X, Vanlandschoot P, Martinet W, Maras M, Neirynck S, Contreras R, Fiers W, Jou WM, Protection of mice against a lethal influenza virus challenge after immunization with yeast-derived secreted influenza virus hemagglutinin, Eur J Biochem 260, 166-175, 1999
  4. ^ De Filette M, Min Jou W, Birkett A, Lyons K, Schultz B, Tonkyro A, Resch S, Fiers W, Universal influenza A vaccine: optimization of M2-based constructs, Virology. 2005 Jun 20;337(1):149-61
  5. ^ De Filette M, Ramne A, Birkett A, Lycke N, Löwenadler B, Min Jou W, Saelens X, Fiers W, The universal influenza vaccine M2e-HBc administered intranasally in combination with the adjuvant CTA1-DD provides complete protection, Vaccine. 2006 Jan 30;24(5):544-51
  6. ^ Fiers W, Neirynck S, Deroo T, Saelens X, Jou WM, Soluble recombinant influenza vaccines, Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2001 Dec 29;356(1416):1961-3

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