Exploring the oviduct as the earliest embryonic micro-environment: from in vivo to invitro and back

Research seminar

Universiteit Antwerpen - Campus Drie Eiken - Building U
Universiteitsplein 1 - 2610 Wilrijk

The research seminar will focus on the oviduct as the earliest micro-environment for early embryonic development. The seminar may be of interest to people working on fertility related topics and/or with somatic cell cultures in polarized culture systems. The meeting is sponsored by the Flemish Government. Participation, including lunch, is therefore free, but registration (lies.jordaens@uantwerpen.be) is necessary before May 8th, 2018.


  • 10.30h: Welcome and coffee
  • 11h: Establishment of oviduct epithelial cell cultures and their application for in vitro embryo production: how big is the gap between in vivo and in vitro? (S.037)
    Dr. Jennifer Schön, DVM, PhD, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology
  • 12h: Lunch
  • 13h: Oviductal fluid as the earliest micro-environment for sperm selection, fertilization and embryo development: is it possible to improve in vitro outcomes by mimicking the in vivo tract conditions? (S.037)
    Prof. Dr. Marie Saint-Dizier, DVM, PhD, National Institute of Agronomical Research, University of Tours
  • 14h: Three dimensional in vitro cell culture systems: “Oviduct on a chip” (S.037)
    Dr. Bart Leemans, DVM, PhD, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 14.30h: The differential effects of contrasting sex steroid environments on ex vivo oviductal transcriptome (S.037)
    Mariana Sponchiado, DVM, PhD student, Universidade de São Paulo, University of Antwerp
  • 15h: Guided tour in the research facilities
  • 15.30h: Coffee

For questions, please e-mail Jo.Leroy@uantwerp.be

Public PhD Defence Lies Jordaens

Public PhD Defense Lies Jordaens

It is a pleasure to invite you to the public PhD defence of Lies Jordaens entitled

"Maternal metabolic health and female fertility: upregulated lipolysis and the consequences for in vitro bovine oviduct physiology and function"

Date: 18th of May, at 16h30

Location: ‘Promotiezaal’ (Building Q, Campus Drie Eiken)

Please confirm your presence by Friday the 4th of May at the latest (lies.jordaens@uantwerp.be).

Here you can find more information (pdf, 316kB)