Current group members

Jan Michiels

Group leader - graduated in 1993

research interests: all research topics

orcid.org/0000-0001-5829-0897

Maarten Fauvart

Part-time postdoctoral researcher - graduated in 2008

research interests: all research topics

Dorien Wilmaerts

PhD student 

research interests: Persistence in Escherichia coli

Pauline Herpels
PhD student
research interests: Persistence in Escherichia coli

Vincent Greffe

PhD student 

research interests: Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legume - Rhizobium symbiosis

Laure Verstraete
PhD student
research interests: Novel antibiotics / antipersister molecules

Laetitia Van Wonterghem
PhD student
research interests: Host factors involved in conjugative gene transfer

Sang Nguyen
PhD student
research interests: Persistence in Escherichia coli

Maarten Vercruysse
Graduated in 2011
Previously: Postdoctoral researcher @ Walker Lab, MIT, (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Current position: Senior scientist @ Roche (Shanghai, China)

Lara Ramaekers
Graduated in 2011
Global Product Marketing Manager @ Arysta LifeScience
Previous research interests: Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in climbing beans

Ariany Colás Sánchez
Graduated in 2014
Lecturer of the Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agricultural and Animal Sciences
Central University "Marta Abreu" of Las Villas, Villa Clara, Cuba
Previous research interests: Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in climbing beans

Shanjun Gao
Graduated in 2015
Previous research interests: Peptide uptake affects stress resistance and symbiosis

Wouter Knapen
Graduated in 2015
Project Engineer Product Support Biologicals at Pfizer, Belgium
Previous research interests: Persistence in Escherichia coli

Valerie Defraine
Graduated in 2017
Release Engineer Packaging @ Pfizer
Previous research interests: Novel antibiotics / antipersister molecules

Toon Swings
Graduated in 2017
Life Sciences Technology Specialist @ VIB
Previous research interests: Artificial genetic variation for stress tolerance in bacteria
orcid.org/0000-0002-1225-3377

Bram Van den Bergh

Postdoctoral researcher / Postdoctoral Fellow at Research Foundation Flanders - FWO - graduated in 2016

research interests: Persistence in Escherichia coli

orcid.org/0000-0003-4429-9780

Liselot Dewachter 

Postdoctoral researcher / Postdoctoral Fellow at Research Foundation Flanders - FWO - graduated in 2017 

research interests: Programmed cell death in bacteria

Serge Beullens

Research technician

research interests: all research topics

Etthel Windels
PhD student
research interests: Persistence in Escherichia coli

Thomas Schalck
PhD student
research interests: Artificial genetic variation for stress tolerance in bacteria

Elen Louwagie
PhD student
research interests: Persistence in Escherichia coli

Pieter Berden
PhD student co-supervised by Prof. Liesbet Lagae at imec
research interests: Novel antibiotics / antipersister molecules

Paul Matthay
PhD student
research interests: Novel antibiotics / antipersister molecules

Taiyeb Zahir

PhD student 

research interests: Novel antibiotics / antipersister molecules

Past group members


Cyrielle Kint
Graduated in 2013
CSO @ Diploid, Belgium

Ann Jans
Graduated in 2013
Quality Assessor Medical Devices
FAGG - Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products, Belgium

Veerle Liebens 

Graduated in 2014 

RA scientist

Alcon, a Novartis company, Belgium

Kristine Stepanyan
Graduated in 2015
Previous research interests: Socio-evolutionary aspects of persistence

Evelien Gerits
Graduated in 2016
Safety and regulatory affairs officer @ infarAMA
Previous research interests: Novel antibiotics / antipersister molecules

Joran Michiels
Graduated in 2017
Patent Attorney Trainee @ NLO
Previous research interests: Persistence in Escherichia coli
orcid.org/0000-0003-2169-3507

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