Department of Biomedical Sciences

The scientists of the Department of Biomedical Sciences are primarily focused on research in the laboratory, although this is often linked to research in the field. Our attention mainly goes to pathogens.

Our expertise lies in microbiology and parasitology, molecular biology and epidemiology, immunology and ecology of tropical infectious diseases. Our research field comprises fundamental and translational research in the laboratory on the one hand, on the other hand the ecological, biological and molecular aspects of transmission and population dynamics of the pathogens, their intermediate hosts and the reservoirs in the field.

With our research we try to better understand the biology, ecology, pathology of infectious diseases. We translate this knowledge into new medical applications like diagnostic tests and develop interventions to control vectors and animal reservoirs. We also pay special attention to animal health and especially zoonoses, diseases carried over from animal to human.

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Events

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16-20 Oct 2017

10th European Congress of Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH 2017)

Flanders Meeting and Convention Center, Antwerp
Schistosoma parasite eggs in human bladder tissue (c) Wikimedia Commons

05 Jul 2017

PhD defence of Nele Boon

Evolutionary epidemiology of schistosomiasis in the Senegal River Basin: Linking parasite genetics with human infection and disease

Zoological Institute (groot auditorium 02.21), KU Leuven, Leuven
Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cell (center), illustrating adhesion protein

27 Jun 2017

PhD defence of Hong Van Nguyen

Contribution of molecular tools to malaria elimination in Vietnam

University of Antwerp, Campus Drie Eiken, auditorium R.019, gebouw R, Wilrijk