Prof. Peter Vandenabeele

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    VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research
    Cell Death and Inflammation Unit
    Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 71, 9052 Gent, Belgium
    Peter Vandenabeele performed his PhD at the Ghent University in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Prof. Walter Fiers (1990). In 1996, he became PI at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB). Vandenabeele’s research group is part of the VIB Center for Inflammation Research at the Ghent University (, Belgium. His research activities focus on molecular mechanisms of cell death modalities (a.o. apoptosis, necroptosis, ferroptosis). These phenomena are studied in an integrated way at the level of biochemistry, cell biology and in disease models of inflammation and cancer. He has been promotor of 35 successfully defended PhD theses (1998-2020). Peter Vandenabeele has been founder and director of the Bachelor and Master program in Biochemistry and Biotechnology in the Faculty of Sciences at the Ghent University (2004-2012). He is Member of the Board of Governors of the Ghent University (2012-2014, 2018-2022) and Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (2012). He received several scientific awards such as FWO 5 yearly Excellence Award 2015, CDD Jürg Tschopp Excellence Award in Cell Death and Inflammation Research 2016, ICDS Excellence Award in Cell Death Research 2020, “highly cited researcher award” Cross-Field in 2018, 2019 (Clarivate Analytics). He has been president of the European Cell Death Organization (ECDO) (2015-2016) (
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