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RESEARCH FOCUS

Professor Vanhaecke’s research focus is mainly HRMS-based (untargeted) metabolomics, enclosing multi-component screening and enabling for instance biomarker studies, which are specifically designed to serve multiple applications with a particular focus on food intake and food-related Western diseases.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Open to PhD applications from those who have an interest in;

  • Biofluid metabolomics for discovering biomarkers for diet-related conditions.
  • Tissue metabolomics and DNA adductomics to unravel the link between meat consumption and Western diseases.
  • Environmental metabolomics to study environmental contamination.
  • Food metabolomics as a means to determine food safety and quality.

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Research Students

Phd Title: Approaches to the detection of the abuse of anabolic steroids in equine sport.


Name: Bobby Gray

Years of Study: 4

Country: UK

 

Phd Title: A metabolomics approach to investigate the association between heme in red meat and the development of colon cancer


Name: Caroline Rombouts

Years of Study: 4

Country: Belgium

 

Phd Title: Passive sampling and analysis of emerging organic micropollutants in the marine environment


Name: Steve Huysman

Years of Study: 4

Country: Belgium

 

Phd Title: Passive sampling and analysis of emerging organic micropollutants in the marine environment


Name: Francis Vanryckeghem

Years of Study: 4

Country: Belgium

Research Students

Phd Title: Red and processed meat in the diet: toxicological and metabolomic profiling under simulated gastrointestinal conditions


Name: Sophie Goethals

Years of Study: 4

Country: Belgium

 

Phd Title: Discovery of metabolite biomarkers for early diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy


Name: Ellen De Paepe

Years of Study: 4

Country: Belgium

 

Phd Title: Early detection of intestinal fibrosis in patient’s with Crohn’s disease: a necessity to initiate a clinical trial


Name: Simon Bos

Years of Study: 4

Country: Belgium

Phd Title: The impact of stress on physiology, emotion regulation and food choices in adolescents: a laboratory intervention study


Name: Kathleen Wijnant

Years of Study: 4

Country: Belgium

Research Students

Phd Title: Boosting the production of innovative bola amphiphiles by applying integrated omics analyses


Name: Sven Dierickx

Years of Study: 4

Country: Belgium

 

Phd Title: Rectal sampling and ambient ionization-based metabolomics for point-of-care precision medicine in children


Name: Margot De Spiegeleer

Years of Study: 4

Country: Belgium

 

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr. Anneleen Decloedt


PhD title: Novel biomarkers for the diagnosis of equine infectious joint disease

Country: Belgium

Current position: Scientific Coordinator at Quality Control cv

Dr. Nathalie De Clercq


PhD title: A metabolomic framework to study the regulating role of phytohormones towards carotenoids in tomato fruit

Country: Belgium

Current position: Application Specialist QQQ at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Dr. Julie Vanden Bussche


PhD Title: DNA adduct formation due to the gastrointestinal digestion of red meat

Country: Belgium

Current Position: R&D - Global Product stewardship: Project leader for fabric care products for Greater Europe at Procter & Gamble

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