I obtained my PhD at Ghent University in 2011 on innate immunity in gastrointestinal homeostasis, and am assistant-professor (since October 2016) at the Department of Rheumatology headed by Prof. Dirk Elewaut, at the Ghent University Hospital.
Our lab is part the ‘Center for Inflammation Research’ (IRC), a VIB department.
My main research focus is understanding the complex interactions between the intestinal microbiota and the host immune system during homeostasis and disease.
In this respect, I am coordinating the first Belgian ‘germfree and gnotobiotic mouse facility’ at Ghent University.
I am also coordinator of a research consortium at Ghent University focusing on intestinal inflammation the ‘Ghent Gut Inflammation Group ’ (GGIG).
I have a broad general interest in immunology and cancer, and general health related science.
In addition, I am teaching ‘molecular cell biology’ and ‘biomedical physiology’ at Ghent University.