Welcome to the website of research group BIMEF

The Laboratory of Biophysics and BioMedical Physics (BIMEF) is one of the research groups within the Department of Physics at the University of Antwerp. The laboratory specializes in interdisciplinary physics research in the biological and medical field. The group has three main research directions: biomechanics and optical metrology, molecular biophysics and spectroscopy, vestibular research and medical statistics.

Current research topics include:

- development of electro-optic metrology systems for shape, deformation and vibration measurements in biomedical applications and biomechanics

- finite element modelling in biomechanics, with special focus on human middle ear and cochlear mechanics, and functional biomechanics in animals

- spectroscopic and theoretical analysis to dermine structure-function relationships in biomolecules

- spectroscopy in environmental sciences / renewable energy

- spectroscopy in biosensors and biocatalysis

- vestibular and human equilibrium research and research on motion and space sickness and neuroplasticity

Research mission
Dedicated developments
Animal preparation and surgery
Sound Measurement
Laser equipment
EPR Facility
Resonance Raman facility
Flash photolysis
List of publications
PhD dissertations
Master dissertations
Finite element modeling guide
Fourier-based phase unwrapping using a GPU
Microfilament analyzer
Middle (& inner) ear model
Ossicular motion
Real-time lens distortion correction using a GPU
Real-time microscopic phase shifting profilometry
Real-time optical coherence tomography (OCT) using a GPU
Statistical shape model of the human incudomallear complex
Tympanic membrane motion
Suggested Viewers
A real-time structured light-based otoscope for quantitive measurement of eardrum deformation
News and Events
In the media


The lab is located at three sites. At the university’s Groenenborger site, the work on biomechanics, finite element modelling and optical metrology is conducted. The research on spectroscopy for molecular biophysics is concentrated at the university’s Drie Eiken site.  The research on vestibular physics and its clinical and aerospace applications is organized as the separate entity AUREA (Antwerp University Research centre for Equilibrium and Aerospace), which is located at the University Hospital Antwerp (UZA) site.

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Biophysics and Biomedical Physics (Bimef) Campus Groenenborger
Groenenborgerlaan 171
2020 Antwerp
Tel. +32 (0)3 265 34 27
Fax +32 (0)3 265 33 18