In a recent study published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, Dr. Elias Adriaenssens, Prof. Vincent Timmerman and colleagues have discovered a new function for a group of proteins called small heat shock proteins (HSPBs) in the human body. These proteins, which are found in the liquid (cytosolic) portion of cells, were found to play a critical role in the maintenance of the powerhouses of cells, the mitochondria.
I’m Lorenzo Cianni and my research focuses on targeting autophagy in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. I was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral grant for this specific project. I’ll be working with Prof. Pieter Van Der Veken and Prof. Wim Martinet to tackle tissue-specific induction of autophagy as an innovative therapeutic strategy for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
My name is Roxanne Mols. Last June, I graduated as a Master in Biomedical Sciences: Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the University of Antwerp. It was a wonderful journey where I got to broaden my interests and meet lots of new people. I learnt so much and grew tremendously as a person. I was given lots of opportunities, and one initiative that I found particularly helpful was Academics For Development (AFD).
Servaas Hiel and Silke Schuerewegen traveled to Poland to provide help for Ukrainian refugees. Servaas is doing a bridging programme in Biomedical Sciences at UAntwerp. Silke is an undergraduate at the Karel de Grote Hogeschool and is studying Medical Laboratory Techniques. For the past two weeks Servaas and Silke have been in Przemyśl, Poland to assist the local aid organizations.
I’m An-Marie Schyvens and I recently graduated from UAntwerp with a Master of Biomedical Sciences. I had the wonderful opportunity to do an Erasmus exchange in a lab at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. I arrived in Paris in November 2020, right in the middle of a lockdown! At Institut Pasteur, I worked on finding new treatments for deafness.
My name is Kaat Colman and I’m currently completing my third Bachelor year in Biomedical Sciences at UAntwerp. In the 3rd Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences there is the course ‘Bachelor Thesis with Internship’. I had to choose a topic on which I would write my Bachelor thesis and later also perform an internship. I chose to do an internship on the auditory system at the Antwerp University Hospital (UZA).
My name is Michelle Zurek and I study Biomedical Sciences at UAntwerp. Last year, I won the ActUA prize which is awarded by the UAntwerp Service Council. This prize supports personal development through an internship abroad at one of the partner institutions of the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) alliance. In my blog article, I’ll share my experiences of my Erasmus exchange with you.
I’m Eva Wachtelaer. Since primary school, I knew that I wanted to learn all about the human body. However, choosing between studying Biomedical Sciences or Medical School after secondary school wasn’t an easy choice for me. I’ll tell you about my journey from studying Biomedical Sciences to starting Medical School.
I’m Matisse Verboven and I obtained my Master in Biomedical Sciences; Neurosciences in 2019 from UAntwerp. After that, I completed a Master in Management at the Antwerp Management School. This helped me to get a step closer to obtaining my dream job.
Claudio D’Incal is a PhD student and Teaching Assistant in the Proteinchemistry, proteomics and Epigenetic Signaling Lab. He completed a Master in Molecular and Cellular Biomedical Sciences. After he completed his MSc, he did an Educational Master’s degree at UAntwerp and combined his interest in teaching and research.
Which career paths do our alumni follow? Meet alumni Michael Meulyzer who is working as an equine surgeon, and Casper Pype who is working as a Solutions Specialist at Anju Software.
Researchers from our faculty, together with researchers at Ghent University have discovered a new medicine against African ‘sleeping sickness’.