Meet the team and our research interestsCome say Hello! Karen Smeets Group leader | Associate professor More information coming soon. Nelly Saenen Postdoctoral assistant There is more microplastic in our environment than there are stars in the milky way. Karolien Bijnens Postdoctoral assistant Planaria and their bacteria – What happens to the microbiome during stress and what does this mean for the planarian? 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. 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... Martijn Heleven PhD student Unravelling the mysteries behind ROS mediated regeneration will be key in understanding stem cell functioning. 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. Charlotte Segnana PhD student Using Schmidtea mediterranea as an entry point to understand the role of neural signaling in intestinal regeneration. Inés Tejeda PhD student I’m workin with human intestine cell models to understand the effects of micro- and nanoplastics with the objective of having better tools for... 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. 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.