Meet the team and our research interestsCome say Hello! Karen Smeets Group leader | Associate professor More information coming soon. Nelly Saenen Doctor-assistant There is more microplastic in our environment than there are stars in the milky way. Frank Van Belleghem Guest staff member Small in size, big in impact. The potential risks of micro- and nanoparticles for our health. Rosalva Angulo-Reyes PhD student The aim of this research is exploring the links between local water contamination and aquatic ecosystem effects and human health problems. Karolien Bijnens PhD student Planaria and their bacteria – What happens to the microbiome during stress and what does this mean for the planarian? Sandra De Vos PhD student Ingestion is an important exposure route of AgNPs in humans, therefore it is of utmost importance to study the behaviour of AgNP in the GI system... Vincent Jaenen PhD student Silica nanoparticles as drug-delivery platform, … can they be trusted? Nathalie Leynen PhD student | Teaching assistant Silver nanoparticles belong to the most commercialized nanomaterials, but the current knowledge on their toxicity is poor. Sanah Majid PhD student My project aims to understand how exposures in a single and multiple metal pollution settings differentially influence the organisms. Jan-Pieter Ploem PhD student My research aids in the development of an additional alternative model for toxicity screening. Julie Tytgat PhD student Micro- and nanoplastics can be found in all aquatic environments. Yet, information about their impact on living organisms is still lacking. Margo Witters PhD student Knowledge about the possible health effects of environmental nano- and microplastics is crucial to guide proper policymaking. Annelies Wouters Voluntary scientific collaborator | Former PhD student With great power comes great responsibility: how do stem cells cope with carcinogenic stress? Natascha Steffanie Specialised laboratory technician I provide technical support for the biodiversity and toxicology group. Ria Vanderspikken Specialised laboratory technician I provide administrative support for the biodiversity and toxicology group.