Meet the team and our research interests

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Karen Smeets
Karen Smeets
Head of the team | Associate professor
More information coming soon.
Nelly Saenen
Nelly Saenen
Doctor-assistant
There is more microplastic in our environment than there are stars in the milky way.
Frank Van Belleghem
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
More information coming soon.
Karolien Bijnens
Karolien Bijnens
PhD student
Planaria and their bacteria – What happens to the microbiome during stress and what does this mean for the planarian?
Vincent Jaenen
Vincent Jaenen
PhD student
Silica nanoparticles as drug-delivery platform, … can they be trusted?
Nathalie Leynen
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
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
Jan-Pieter Ploem
PhD student
My research aids in the development of an additional alternative model for toxicity screening.
Annelies Wouters
Annelies Wouters
PhD student
With great power comes great responsibility: how do stem cells cope with carcinogenic stress?
Natascha Steffanie
Natascha Steffanie
Specialised laboratory technician
I provide technical support for the biodiversity and toxicology group.
Ria Vanderspikken
Ria Vanderspikken
Specialised laboratory technician
I provide administrative support for the biodiversity and toxicology group.