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 More information coming soon. 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 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. Annelies Wouters 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.