Etienne Thiry is full professor and head of veterinary virology and viral diseases laboratory, faculty of veterinary medicine, university of Liège, Belgium. E. Thiry was born on the 4th of April 1957 in Brussels. He was graduated as doctor in veterinary medicine in 1980. He got a master of sciences in molecular biology in 1982 and a doctorate in veterinary sciences in 1985. He was recognized in 2001 as diplomate of the European College for Veterinary Public Health. He won the International Pfizer award by the international committee of the World Buiatrics Society in 1996 and the Gaston Ramon award by the French Academy of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.
Etienne Thiry is member of the National Committee for Microbiology of the Belgian Royal Academy since 1999. He was the president of the Belgian Association of Animal Health and Epidemiology from 1999 to 2006. From 1994 to 2000, he was member of the board of the European Society for Veterinary Virology and made honorary member in 2009. He takes part to several national and international scientific committees.
Virus-host interactions is his main topic of research. Especially the evolution of viral populations through recombination and reassortment of viral genetic sequences is investigated in alphaherpesvirus, norovirus and orbivirus genomes. These scientific activities generated more than 370 papers in specialised scientific journals and 250 communications in scientific congresses. He was appointed in 2007 as guest editor of the special issue of the journal Veterinary Research on respiratory viruses of domestic animals.