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

Llama antibodies (nanobodies) are versatile tools for diagnostics.

05 Jul 2019

PhD defence Francisco Morales Yanez

Development of innovative nanobody-based strategies to improve the diagnosis of human toxocariasis

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Elsene
Minister-President Geert Bourgeois and Raquel Matavele

08 May 2019

PhD defence Raquel Matavele

Regulatory T cells in HIV infection and in vaccinees

Universiteit Antwerpen, Wilrijk

11 Apr 2019

PhD defence Aya Hefnawy

Incorporating drug resistance studies in the quest for novel antileishmanial agents.

University of Antwerp, Antwerpen