Postdoctoral researchers

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Aysu Arslan

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Biography: Aysu obtained her bachelor and master degrees in Department of Chemical Engineering, Hacettepe University (Turkey). In her master thesis, she focused on the fabrication of boron-doped polyester/hydroxyapatite composite electrospun scaffolds for bone tissue engineering applications under the supervision of Prof. Menemse Gumusderelioglu. After obtaining her master degree in 2015, she started her research activities in PBM Group working on an IOF project as scientific co-worker in close collaboration with Allnex coating resins company. In 2017, she started her PhD studies working on FWO project in Department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (UGent) as part of PBM Group. During her projects and PhD research, she focused on the design and development of biocompatible urethane-based photo-crosslinkable polymer precursors and their applications in various additive manufacturing techniques, in particular deposition-based 3D printing and multiphoton lithography. During her master and PhD studies, she co-authored 7 peer-reviewed papers, 1 patent and participated in multiple international conferences. After obtaining her PhD in 2020, she started to work as a postdoctoral researcher on IOF Stepstone project Xpect-INX, which is a spin-off project of Ghent University for the commercial translation of specialized (bio)inks for 3D (bio)printing.

Current project: XPECT-INX®

Dr. Ágnes Dobos

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Biography: Ágnes earned her BSc in Biochemical Engineering at the Technical University of Budapest in 2014. She continued her studies in Sweden and Austria and received MSc double degree in Tissue Engineering and Medical Biosciences at FH Wien and the University of Linköping in 2016. She joined Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in 2016 where she obtained her PhD in Technical Chemistry. She joined the IOF Stepstone Project XPECT-INX, a spin-off project for the commercialization of bioinks for 3D (bio)printing in 2019 at Ghent University. Her research interests lie in the area of high resolution laser based additive manufacturing technologies, biofabrication, biomimetic in vitro 3D cellular models and organ-on-chip devices.​

Current project: XPECT-INX®

Dr. Tom Gheysens

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Biography: Tom obtained his MSc in Biology at Ghent University in Belgium. In the following two years he was involved in a project exploring the use of silk and spider silk in biomedical applications, with a focus on soft tissue engineering (cartilage). Afterwards he obtained his DPhil at Oxford University (UK) with his thesis focusing at “small molecules in silk”, looking at how small molecules influence the folding of proteins with implications for protein-based biomaterials and certain diseases. At his 2 year fellowship at ESA he was involved in projects like : a biosensor from structural proteins by coupling light into structural proteins which proves to be an extremely sensitive biosensor, the development of new radiation protection suits for human long term space duration travel to mars and human hibernation.

In 2013, he obtained a MarieCurie fellowship with title “Natural functional plasticizers for controlled protein folding and extrusion into biomaterials” focused on de development of a natural extrusion set-up for proteins.

Currently he is working on the DERMA project for making diagnostic, odor absorbing and antibacterial dressings for wounds.

Current project: DERMA

Dr. Jasper Van Hoorick

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Biography: Jasper received an Agoria award for his chemical master thesis on tissue engineering applications in 2014. In 2015 he obtained an FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) grant for a PhD project at Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He focussed on the development of biodegradable polymer materials for ocular tissue regeneration. A large part of this research focussed on the development and processing of materials using multiphoton lithography leading to 20 Web of Science Core Collection papers, 1 book chapter, and 2 patents. In 2018 he aided in consolidating FWO funding to develop the corneal membranes towards (pre)clinical applications. In 2019 he graduated summa cum laude with felicitations of the jury as PhD at Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. This achievement was also crowned with a SOLVAY award in 2020. Currently, he is leading the spin-off project “XPECT-INX” which focusses on the  commercialisation of innovative materials and bioinks for 3D bioprinting or biofabrication.

Current project: XPECT-INX®

Elly De Vlieghere

Dr. Elly De Vlieghere

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Elly De VlieghereBiography: Elly obtained her MSc in biomedical science with a major in genetics at Ghent University. She received a IWT  (2009) grand and perused a PhD in medical science ‘Biomimics of the peritoneal tumor-environment’ (2015) at the laboratory for experimental cancer research. During her post-doc (FWO fellow) she further specialized in creating clinical relevant in vitro and in vivo models by implementing tissue engineering technology. Currently she is working on CUSTOMEAT a FWO-SBO project with the goal to increase knowledge in vitro culture of muscle cells in a 3D manner with the purpose to culture meat.

Current project: CustoMeat


Dr. Kristyna Kolouchova

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KristynaBiography: Kristyna obtained her master’s degree in Chemistry in 2016, at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (Czechia). Her master thesis was focused on organometallic synthesis, in particular in Fisher Biscarbene Complexes. During her thesis, she became interested in macromolecular chemistry and biomaterials which led her to begin her Ph.D. studies at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences, joining the group of M. Hruby. During her Ph.D. research, she focused on the design and development of conceptually new polymeric tracers for fluorine-19 magnetic resonance imaging with therapeutic properties. She prepared several particle- and implant-based systems for combined therapeutic and diagnostic (theranostic) applications in medicine. Besides polymeric tracers, she also studied the properties of a variety of thermoresponsive and amphiphilic polymers, with a focus on their self-assembly behavior. During her Ph.D., Kristyna has co-authored 9 peer-review papers and participated in multiple international conferences. After obtaining her Ph.D. in 2020, she was granted an FWO junior postdoctoral fellowship, with a project promoted by prof. Van Vlierberghe combining her previous studies on fluorinated polymeric traces with hydrogels for applications in regenerative medicine.

Current project: Thermoresponsive Poly[N-(2,2-difluorethylacrylamide)] 19F MRI Tracer-Based Materials as Potential Multipurpose Theranostics

Dr. Ianina Pokholenko

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Ianina obtained her MSc in biology at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine).  Afterwards, she started her research activities at the Institute of Molecular biology and Genetics of NAS of Ukraine, and presented a PhD dissertation in molecular genetics “Construction of model DNA vaccine and ways to enhance its immunogenic properties” (2022) at the Department of Cell Regulatory Mechanisms. Her current research interests lie in the area of the development of functionalized collagen scaffolds for MSC 3D culture, for in vivo delivery of recombinant proteins, like FGF-2 and etc., and the development of biomimetic 3D models for the in vitro studies of biofilm formation and for the development of new approaches to treat biofilm-related infections.