Patrick Viatour

°1975, Belg

Werkte aan: Center for Childhood Cancer Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Perelman School of Medicine. University of Pennsylvania, PA.

Nieuwe thuishaven: KU Leuven

Titel project: Molecular and cellular mechanisms of tumorigenesis upon inactivation of the Rb pathway.

Uit het juryrapport:

Patrick Viatour is an excellent candidate. His record is by all means really good. He has proven to be a brilliant scientist during his PhD and especially is post doc. The median impact factor is high, poising Dr. Viatour in the best possible way to start his career as a PI. Of course, whether he will be a capable PI remains to be seen, but this is the whole purpose of this grant.  From his grant and the letters of recommendation he obtained, it appears that Dr. Viatour exhibit the type of scientific independency that is required to run his own lab. One potential weakness is that he has never managed student over a long period of time. It seems that he has only worked with rotation students and trained a lab technician. He will have to learn when he recruits his first graduate students and post docs.

Dr. Viatour’s career really suggests that he is really well connected scientifically. He was lucky to evolve in a extremely favorable environment (Stanford University) and made the best possible use of it since he established relevant collaboration with exceptional scientists such as Dr; Weismann. If he manages to keep up with these scientists, this will help him substantially to establish his group in the field.