European Cancer Organisation

Julio Celis

Julio E. Celis is Associated Scientific Director of the Danish Cancer Society Research Center in Copenhagen.

From 1973 until 1975, Dr. Celis served as a Member of the Scientific Staff at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. From 1976 until 1985 he was an Associate Professor of Biostructural Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry in Aarhus University, becoming Professor of Biochemistry in 1986. He has been Chairman of the Institute of Medical Biochemistry at the Medical Faculty Aarhus University, Chairman of the Danish Centre for Human Genome Research, Coordinator of the Danish Centre for Translational Breast Cancer Research and Scientific Director of the Institute of Cancer Biology At the Danish Cancer Society.

Julio Celis is a Foreign Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Member of the Academia Europaea, Member of the Danish Natural Science Academy, Member of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences, and Member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Celis has been Chairman of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory(EMBL) Council (1997-1999), Vice President of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) (2002), Chair of the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) (2005-2007), President of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) (2000-2003), Secretary General of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), (1999-2007) and President of the European Life Sciences Forum (ELSF) (2001-2007). Currently he is Chairman of the Policy Committee at the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), President of the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), Member of the Board of the Organisation of European Cancer Institute’s (OECI), Member of the FP7 Advisory Group on Health Research and Vice-President of the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe.

He has been the principal organizer for numerous high-profile events including Chief Organizer of the 25th FEBS Congress in Copenhagen and Chair of the Scientific Committee and Organizer of the First HUPO Annual Congress, Versailles, France 2002.

Dr. Celis has received numerous awards for his achievements including Medals from the College de France (1987) and the Polish Academy of Science (2004), the Hirai Prize (1999) and the Dansk Selskab for Cancerforsknings Haederspris in 2006. He is generally recognized as one of the founding fathers of proteomics, and has contributed to over 300 publications, including eight books.