Member(s) of Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Biologist, specialized in Molecular Parasitology. He did his PhD at the VUB (Prof R.Hamers) on the significance of karyotype diversity in Leishmania. He has a 10% ZAP affiliation in the dept of Biomedical Sciences, UA and is full professor at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, where he heads the department of Biomedical Sciences as well as the Molecular Parasitology Unit (MPU). He is recognized as a Leishmania specialist worldwide (during the last 3 years, co-organized 3 international congresses and gave 13 invited talks in international meetings; over his career, published 176 papers on Leishmania out of 223 peer-reviewed papers, source Pubmed; h-index of 54 on 25/07/2018, i10-index 184, 11019 citations, source Google Scholar) combining a field and lab expertise on that parasite. He developed since 2001 a unique expertise on drug resistance, both clinical and experimental, which provided unique models that will be used in current project. In parallel, he pioneered research on Leishmania genome diversity. His group established the first reference genome of L. donovani and recently upgraded it. Together with his colleagues, he sequenced so far the complete genome of Leishmania 300 isolates.