Born (1957) and raised in the south of the Netherlands, Clevers studied biochemistry and medicine in Utrecht. After an immunology PhD (1985), he trained as molecular biologist through a 4 year Harvard postdoc. Back in Utrecht (1989), he became professor in immunology at the university hospital, director of the Hubrecht Institute for developmental biology (2002), and finally research director of the Princess Maxima Center for childhood cancer (2015). As president of the Royal Netherlands Academy (KNAW), he founded the Academy of Arts.
His work on the developmental signaling pathway Wnt led him to discoveries in the cancer and stem cell fields, ultimately resulting in technologies to grow human stem cells into mini-organs (organoids) in a dish.
His work was awarded amongst others with the Louis Jeantet Prize and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Clevers is a member of multiple learned societies including the KNAW, the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, the Academie Francaise, the Orden pour les Merites of Germany, and the Royal Society. He holds knighthoods in Holland, France and Germany.
Professor in Molecular Genetics, University Medical Center Utrecht Staff Scientist, Hubrecht Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences