Vincent Jaenen

PhD student

Bachelor in Biology
Master in Biomedical Sciences – Environmental Health Sciences

Joined the group in October 2017

Research project: Profiling stem-cell-specific activities in an in vitro & in vivo biocompatibility study of silica nanoparticles

Silica nanoparticles (SiO2NPs) are promising carriers that have the potency to transfer concentrated medication across the cell membranes of targeted tissues. The potential applications of SiO2NPs as nanosized delivery platform are widely accepted. However, here is very little focus on the potential toxicity. SiO2NPs are considered biologically inert and safe but the unique physico-chemical properties are not to be underestimated. I am currently investigating the biocompatibility of therapeutically relevant SiO2NPs in which I mainly focus on their in vitro effects on stem cells, as well as the adjustment of the nanoparticles in order to increase their potential.

My favorite quote: “Don’t wait for opportunities, create them!”

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