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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Cover of the thesis

27 Mar 2018

PhD defence Sofía Mira Martínez

A new mechanism of antimalarial drug resistance regulated at the epigenetic level

Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, Barcelona

07-28 Feb 2018

Molecular Data for Infectious Diseases – MID

Institute of Tropical Medecine, Antwerp
Looking for blackfly larvae on the vegetation

06 Feb 2018

PhD defence Adam Hendy

Blackfly ecology and Onchocerca volvulus transmission in three formerly hyperendemic foci in Uganda, Tanzania and Cameroon

University of Antwerp, Antwerpen