Gastroenterology (prof dr Benedicte De Winter, prof dr Sven Francque, prof dr Heiko De Schepper)

Developing experimental therapeutic strategies for impaired gastrointestinal permeability, bacterial translocation, intestinal inflammation, and adhesiogenesis during sepsis

PhD Philip Plaeke

Effect of modulation of the integrity of the intestinal barrier in irritable bowel syndrome - a translational approach

PhD Nikita Hanning

Functional characterisation of human mast cells and basophils in the pathophysiology of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome

PhD Kathleen Van Malderen


Mucine Research Group (prof dr Annemieke Smet)

Role of MUC-13 signalling on epithelial barrier disruption in gastrointestinal disorders

PhD Tom Breugelmans

Gastric Helicobacter infection and its role in neurodegenerative disorders

PhD Helena Berlamont

Interaction between MUC13 signalling and mucosal microbiota in the development of gastric cancer

PhD Baptiste Oosterlinck

A mucine-isoform based biomarker test for improved detection and treatment of IBD and gastrointestinal cancer

PhD Wout Arras


Hepatology (prof dr Sven Francque, prof dr Thomas Vanwolleghem, dr Tom Adomati)

The role of alterations in intrahepatic vascular resistance and its underlying mechanisms in the pathophysiology of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

PhD Denise van der Graaff

Role and modulation of hepatic hypoxia in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

PhD Cédric Peleman

The triad between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, insulin resistance and type 1 diabetes mellitus and its association with cardiovascular and renal complications

PhD Jonathan Mertens

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PhD Shivani Chotkoe

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PhD Arno Furquim d'Almeida