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

Vietnam - picture by Daphné Vleeschouwers

21 Mar 2019

PhD defence Suzanne Smit

The public health impact of congenital toxoplasmosis and cytomegalovirus infection: methods and applications.

Ghent University, Merelbeke
Cows in Africa

19 Feb 2019

PhD defence Robert Sumaye

Epidemiology of inter-epidemic Rift valley fever transmission in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania

Université de Liège, Liège
Natama Hamtandi Magloire

13 Dec 2018

PhD defence Hamtandi Magloire Natama

Inter-individual variation of infants’ susceptibility to malaria: role of in utero environment and host immunogenetic factors

University of Antwerp, Antwerpen