13 February 2017

Utrecht University to present two honorary doctorates

During the 381st celebration of the Dies Natalis on 27 March, Utrecht University will present honorary doctorates to Professor Sangeeta Bhatia and Professor Peer Bork.

Sangeeta Bhatia
Professor Sangeeta Bhatia.
Professor Sangeeta N. Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D -John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, VS.

Sangeeta Bhatia is a professor, a medical doctor, an engineer, a lecturer and an entrepreneur. With the help of specially grown human liver tissue, she develops new technologies and nano materials for liver regeneration as well as diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Bhatia is an advocate for diversity and gender equality in science and technology and has set up multiple successful programmes to involve girls and minorities in science. She is recognised on an international level for her dedication to the next generation of scientists.

Peer Bork
Professor Peer Bork.
Peer Bork - Senior group leader and Strategic Head of Bioinformatics, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany.

Peer Bork is a Professor of Bioinformatics and Head of Unit for Structural and Computational Biology at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. Bork has discovered numerous new protein domains and has pioneered computational analysis of biological networks and microbiomes, with applications in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and medicine. He is also well-known for his methodological work on analysing large amounts of biological and medical data.

Bork is a co-founder of five successful biotech companies. Among his honors, the Nature award for mentoring in science stands out.

Dies Natalis

The honorary doctorates will be presented during the celebration of the 381st Dies Natalis of Utrecht University, on Monday 27 March 2017 in the Dom Church. The university adds another year to its existence on 26 March, but this will be celebrated one day later because that date will fall on a Sunday this year.