Mark Waer

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Mark Waer
Rector of KU Leuven
In office
1 August 2009 – 31 July 2013
Preceded by Marc Vervenne
Succeeded by Rik Torfs
Personal details
Born (1951-03-10) March 10, 1951 (age 66)
Leuven, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Profession Professor of Immunology
Scientific career
Fields Immunology, Nephrology
Institutions Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Alma mater Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Thesis Immunological effects of fractionated total lymphoid irradiation on the induction of transplantation tolerance and in the treatment of autoimmune disorders
Notable awards NATO Award for Medical Research, Fulbright Hays Award for Medical Research

Mark Jozef Albert Waer (born on 10 March 1951) is a Belgian physician, biomedical scientist, and former Rector of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.


From 1969 to 1976, Waer studied medicine at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven. In 1981, He was qualified the Specialist of Internal Medicine in nephrology. In 1983, he obtained Ph.D. in medical sciences.

From 1983 to 1985, Waer was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1992, he was promoted to professor at KU Leuven faculty of medicine, where he specialised in nephrology and immunology. In 1994, he was pointed the Director of Laboratory for Experimental Transplantation at KU Leuven. From 1998 to 2005, Waer was the Medical Director of KU Leuven's teaching hospitals. Since 2006, he has been the Chairman of the University Hospitals of KU Leuven. He was also a vice-rector of the Biomedical Sciences Group of KU Leuven.[1]

On 8 May 2009, he was elected the rector of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.[2] He assumed office on 1 August that year.


  1. ^ C.V. of Mark Waer at
  2. ^ Flanders Today: Leuven university elects Mark Waer as chancellor