GATE is proud to count the following experts as its members.
Wim Ceelen is a surgical oncologist with an interest in advanced or recurrent GI cancer, soft tissue retroperitoneal cancers, ovarian cancer, and peritoneal metastasis. He Ieads lead the Experimental Surgery lab at Ghent University, which has between 4 and 8 PhD students, one postdoc, and 4 support staff. We perform clinical, translational, and basic research in the fields of intraperitoneal drug delivery, novel treatments of peritoneal metastasis, biophysical properties of cancer tissue, and lymphatic metastasis in colon cancer.
Emmeric Tanghe is a part-time professor at Ghent University and imec. His field of research is computational neuroscience. His group builds biophysical models of neurons and neuronal networks that are modulated by neurostimulation techniques (electromagnetic, optogenetic, ultrasonic). The goal is to find stimulation paradigms and protocols that, to a certain degree, can reverse the pathologic firing behavior caused by neurological diseases. We collaborate with preclinical research groups for in-vitro and in-vivo validation of our models.
Our lab leverages the power of chemistry, biotechnology and nanotechnology to engineer the immune system at better responding to internal threats such as cancer and external threats such as viral pathogens and lethal drug substances. In this context we aim to intervene at different levels in the process of innate immune activation, antigen presentation and the generation of adaptive immunity to clear or protect the host from a specific threat.
Hendrik Feys is a Principal Investigator at the Belgian Red Cross Flanders Transfusion Research Center. The center has a research focus on blood derived products and their applicability in regenerative medicine. Hendrik is a visiting professor at the Department of Diagnostics Sciences at Ghent University.
Director of the Lab of General Biochemistry & Physical Pharmacy at UGent. Served as dean of his Faculty and member of Board of Directors of UGent. Has been a Guest Professor at various universities in Belgium and China and is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Controlled Release. His research is at the interface between drug delivery, biophysics and material sciences.
Prof. Jeroen Missinne is part-time professor at Ghent University and also employed at CMST, an imec-affiliated lab at Ghent University. His research involves laser fabrication technology, optical sensors and flexible/stretchable photonics and electronics.
Frank Speleman is professor at the Department of Biomolecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. His main focus is the study of perturbed gene regulatory processes in paediatric cancer, more specifically neuroblastoma and T-ALL.
Nico Callewaert is group leader and director of the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology and full professor in biochemistry and biotechnology at Ghent University. His research interests focus on the invention of technologies for medicine, proteins and sugars.
Olivier De Wever is Full Professor at Ghent University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is co-director of the Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research. His focus is on 3D cell cultures and tumor environment modeling and interactions in cancer.
Kevin Braeckmans is Full Professor at Ghent University, faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is co-director of the Lab. Of General Biochemistry and Physical Pharmacy and group leader of the Biophotonics Research Group. His focus is on light-based technologies for investigating and facilitating drug delivery to cells and tissues, including for cell therapy applications.
Former Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery and Burn Center at the Ghent University Hospital.
Richard Hoogenboom is full professor at Ghent University and heads the supramolecular chemistry group that focuses on the development of advanced functional materials.
Prof. Dr. Annemieke Madder is heading the Organic and Biomimetic Chemistry Research Group specialized in the design and synthesis of modified peptides and nucleic acids and methods for their conjugation and labeling.
Prof. Jolanda van Hengel is heading the medical cell biology group. Her group focuses on the in vitro engineering of functional myocardium that mimics human heart tissue for analysis of myocardial function. Also her group tries to obtain a suitable stem cell type for in vitro meat production.
Aurélie Crabbé is an assistant professor at the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology at Ghent University. She studies host-microbe interactions in the context of infectious and inflammatory diseases, with focus on chronic lung diseases. To this end, she uses and develops in vivo-like three-dimensional cell culture models that mimic key phenotypic characteristics of the host tissue.
Els De Leenheer is an otorhinolaryngologist with main research focus on genetic hearing loss.
Kristl Vonck is Head of the Department ‘Head and Skin’ at Ghent University and full professor of neurology at the department of Neurology at Ghent University Hospital. Research interests include epilepsy, neuromodulation, bioelectronic medicine and neurophysiological home-monitoring of neurological disorders and is performed at the 4brain lab.
Frauke Coppieters is assistant professor within RARE-MED, a Ghent University multidisciplinary consortium for basic and translational research on precision medicine for rare diseases (Department of Biomolecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences). Her research focuses on retinal disease modelling and new genetic therapies for inherited blindness.
Sarah Vergult is an assistant professor at the Department of Biomolecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University. She is partner of the Ghent University RARE-MED consortium, that aims to address missing heritability in rare disorders. She studies the role of the noncoding part of the genome in rare diseases, in particular in neurodevelopmental disorders and implements tools to functionally characterize candidate genes for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Bert Devriendt is an assistant professor at the laboratory of Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on host-pathogen interactions in the gut and the delivery of therapeutics to the gut tissues. His group develops gut organoids to facilitate this research.
Prof. Debbaut holds a 100% professorship at the Biommeda research group within Ghent University and focuses mainly on the use of computational biofluid mechanics as a tool for personalized medicine by studying applications related to organ perfusion, mass transport phenomena in the context of targeted and locoregional drug delivery, and lymph flow.
Wim VAN PAEPEGEM is full professor in the research group "Mechanics and Materials and Structures" at the UGent Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. The group is doing experimental and computational mechanics of composites and additively manufactured materials. Relevant in this context is the simulation work for patient-specific medical devices and mechanical characterization of materials.
Prof. Karen De Clerck is Full Professor at the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering at Ghent University. She is head of the Centre for Textile Science and Engineering (CTSE) and group leader of the Advanced Fiber Materials Research Group. She is an expert in the production, characterization and application of advanced fibrous materials.
Ward De Spiegelaere is assistant professor at the Department of Morphology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. His main focus is angiogenesis in wound healing, cancer and tissue engineering.
Katrien Remaut is associate professor at the Lab General Biochemistry and Physical Pharmacy and focuses on nanoparticle-based approaches for ocular gene delivery and the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis.
Prof. Jan Vanfleteren is a Principal Member of Technical Staff (PMTS) at Imec and a part-time professor at Ghent University. He is involved in the development of novel microsystem technologies, especially for wearable and implantable electronics, microfluidics, and tissue engineering applications.
Filip Van Nieuwerburgh heads the UGent Next Generation Sequencing core facility NXTGNT, focusing on transcriptomics, (epi)genomics and bioinformatics.
Associate professor in rhinology at the department of otorhinolaryngology. His research focus is on new surgical and medical therapies for inflammatory sinus diseases and wound healing.
Tom Coenye leads the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology. His research is centered around microbial biofilm formation, the evaluation of novel strategies to prevent biofilm formation and/or eradicate existing biofilms, and the molecular basis of tolerance and resistance in biofilms.
Lindsey Devisscher is professor and head of the Gut-Liver ImmunoPharmacology (GLIPh) unit at the Department of Basic and Applied Medical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her group focusses on the pathogenesis and new therapeutic options for (gastro-intestinal associated) liver diseases, with emphasize on immunity.
Frederic Acke is an otorhinolaryngologist with a PhD on genetic hearing loss. His main research focus is the exploration of mechanisms and innovative treatment strategies, including gene therapy, for inner ear disorders.
Ruslan Dmitriev leads the Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials group at the Department of Human Structure and Repair, Ghent University.
Prof. Peter Dubruel was appointed Professor in Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials at Ghent University in 2006. Since then, he has been heading the Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Group (PBM) at Ghent University.
Bernard Depypere, MD received his medical degree from the University of Ghent. He started his training to become Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon in 2013 and is now chair member at the department of Prof. Dr. Blondeel in Ghent.
Phillip Blondeel is full Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Ghent University, Belgium. He is the head of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and at the Burn Center of the Ghent University Hospital.
Robrecht Raedt holds a 100% professorship at Ghent University (www.4BRAIN.be) and is director of the animal facility of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Patrick Segers is full-time senior professor of cardiovascular biofluid mechanics at the Ghent University, Belgium. He is the head of Biofluids, Tissue and Solid Mechanics for Medical Applications (bioMMeda) and chair of the MSc in biomedical engineering programme.
Catharina De Schauwer set up a state-of-the-art laboratory focusing on the isolation, characterization, differentiation and cryopreservation of mesenchymal stem cells, isolated from different sources (including bone marrow, adipose tissue, peripheral blood, umbilical cord blood and Wharton’s jelly) and in different species (including horse, dog and cow).
Prof. Dr. Sandra Van Vlierberghe holds a guest professorship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels Photonics, VUB, Belgium) and a 100% professorship (BOF-ZAP) at Ghent University (Polymer Chemistry & Biomaterials Group, Belgium).