Prof. dr. Vito Turk, former director (1996-2005) of J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Born on June 27, 1937 in Osijek, he graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Department of Chemical Technology in 1961 and defended his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the same department in 1965. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona (Tuscon, AR), Department of Chemistry, from 1969 to 1970. Dr. Turk became Head of Department of Biochemistry (now Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ), J. Stefan Institute, in 1971. He was appointed Professor of biochemistry and enzymology in 1985. Since July 1996 he is director of the Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Professor Turk actively participates at many international conferences from the field of biochemistry and biotechnology and was often invited as a lecturer to universities and research institutes across Europe, USA, Japan and South America. He organised several national and international research conferences.

His scope of interests comprises proteins, structural biology, and genomics. His special topic is structure and function of lysosomal proteases and their inhibitors (stefins /named by the institute he heads/, cystatins and kininogens). With his coworkers, he published 280 research articles in leading biochemical journals, 110 chapters in books or proceedings (including reviews) and edited 4 books. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of  IUBMB Life and Current Protein Peptide Science and is referee for Biol. Chemistry, Eur. J. Biochem., FEBS Lett., Biochemistry, Biochim. Biophys. Acta, EMBO J., Structure, J. Biol. Chem., PNAS, Nature, etc.

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EMBO, Slovenian Biochemical Society, The Biochemical Society (UK), Protein Society, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, International Proteolysis Society, etc.

E-mail: Vito.Turk@IJS.SI

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