Pieter-Jan Guns

Assistant Professor Physiopharmacology

Career overview

Assistant Professor at the Physiopharmacology Research Group

Setting-up research projects on:

- the role of autophagy in cardiovascular ageing and disease.

- cardio-oncology, i.e. investigating the effects of radiation therapy on vascular biology.

- cardio-oncology, i.e. cardiovascular adverse events of chemotherapeutics.

- safety pharmacology, i.e. investigating cardiovascular adverse events of new drug candidates.

Teaching Pharmacology to Bachelor students in Medicine, Farmceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences.

IOF Research and Innovation Manager for EGAMI - University of Antwerp

April 2012 – September 2017 (5 year 6 months) Antwerp Area, Belgium

EGAMI stands for Expert Group Antwerp Molecular Imaging and represents a platform that integrates all imaging techniques and expertise present at the University of Antwerp. EGAMI, therefore, offers a wide range of specific imaging applications, ranging from the subcellular level to in vivo imaging in small animals.

As Research and Innovation Manager of EGAMI I am matching academic imaging expertise with industrial needs to establish win-win partnerships.


Project leader Safety Pharmacology - Bio-Plus services

February 2010 – April 2012 (2 years 3 months)

Bio-Plus Safety Pharmacology is a contract research organization providing fast, flexible and standardized solutions in the field of non-clinical cardiovascular safety (CVS) pharmacology. Whithin this field Bio-Plus-SP presents an unique product: “an integrated CVS-risk-assessment platform” enabling early screening at low cost, but with validated outcome.


Cardiovascular Safety, project associate, PhD - Bio-Plus services

December 2008 – March 2010 (1 year 4 months)

Bio-Plus services provides enabling services to bio-pharmaceutical industry, both hands-on and evidence base.


post-doc -  Universiteit Antwerpen & Johnson & Johnson

2007 – 2008 (1 year)

Post-doc position on a project linking pre-clinical and clinical cardiovascular safety data at Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Safety Research.

PhD student - University of Antwerp

August 2003 – September 2007 (4 years 2 months)



Assistant Professor

Pieter-Jan Guns Campus Drie Eiken, Building T
Universiteitsplein 1
2610 Wilrijk