Prof. Dr. Joachim Aerts is head of the department of Pulmonary Medicine of Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam. Ever since his PhD (1996), he has been involved in fundamental, translational and clinical research in immuno-oncology, with a strong focus on lung cancer and mesothelioma. Under his supervision, 10 candidates have obtained their PhD degree and another 8 candidates are preparing their theses. Prof. Aerts is co-author of >200 articles in international peer reviewed scientific journals and he is involved as PI and co-investigator in multiple studies on e.g. biomarkers and immunotherapy, funded by EU Horizon2020, the Dutch Cancer Society and ZonMw.