Meet the team and our research interestsCome say Hello! Karen SmeetsHead of the team | Associate professorMore information coming soon. Nelly SaenenDoctor-assistantThere is more microplastic in our environment than there are stars in the milky way. Frank Van BelleghemGuest staff memberSmall in size, big in impact. The potential risks of micro- and nanoparticles for our health. Rosalva Angulo-ReyesPhD studentMore information coming soon. Karolien BijnensPhD studentPlanaria and their bacteria – What happens to the microbiome during stress and what does this mean for the planarian? Vincent JaenenPhD studentSilica nanoparticles as drug-delivery platform, … can they be trusted? Nathalie LeynenPhD student | Teaching assistantSilver nanoparticles belong to the most commercialized nanomaterials, but the current knowledge on their toxicity is poor. Sanah MajidPhD studentMy project aims to understand how exposures in a single and multiple metal pollution settings differentially influence the organisms. Jan-Pieter PloemPhD studentMy research aids in the development of an additional alternative model for toxicity screening. Annelies WoutersPhD studentWith great power comes great responsibility: how do stem cells cope with carcinogenic stress? Natascha SteffanieSpecialised laboratory technicianI provide technical support for the biodiversity and toxicology group. Ria VanderspikkenSpecialised laboratory technicianI provide administrative support for the biodiversity and toxicology group.