TEAM & PROJECTS

Staff members
Stefaan Soenen, Doctor, Professor KU Leuven, PI, NanoHealth and Optical Imaging

Prof. Dr. Stefaan Soenen is the PI of the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group. Stefaan's main research interests lie in the development of advanced optical imaging methods for biomedical research, focussing on nanomedicines.

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Bella Manshian, Doctor, Dr., KU Leuven, Group leader NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group

Dr. Bella Manshian is the group leader of the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group. Bella's main interests lie in unraveling the mechanisms on how nanomaterials interact with their biological environment.

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Carla Rios Luci, Doctor, KU Leuven, technical expert of Nanohealth and Optical Imaging Group

Dr. Carla Rios Luci is the technical expert of the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group. Carla's main interests lie in cancer therapy and advanced imaging methodology

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PhD students
Mukaddes Izci PhD student KU Leuven NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group
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Mukaddes Izci is a MSc in Biomedical Sciences and works as a PhD student in the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group.

Research: Nanoparticle delivery to solid tumors using physical and pharmaceutical means.

Ann Vankerckhoven, PhD student KU Leuven NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group
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Ann Vankerckhoven is a MSc in Biomedical Sciences and works as a PhD student.

Research: Combined immunotherapy for immuno-suppressed ovarian cancer.

Evelien Hesemans, PhD student KU Leuven NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group
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Evelien Hesemans is a MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences and works as a PhD student in the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group.

Research: Optical imaging for detection of low cell numbers in live mice.

Neshat Saffarzadeh, PhD student KU Leuven NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group
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Neshat Saffarzadeh is a MSc in Microbiology and Biotechnology and works as a PhD student in the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group.

Research: Intrinsic nanomaterial toxicity for therapeutic purposes.

Nora Dekoning PhD student KU Leuven NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group
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Nora Dekoning is a MSc in Biochemical Engineering Technology and works as a PhD student in the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group.

Research: Biomimetic nanoparticles for enhanced drug delivery efficacy in solid and secondary tumors.

Kiana Buttiens PhD student KU Leuven NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group
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Kiana Buttiens is a MSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology and works as a PhD student in the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group.

Research: Nanomaterials and advanced optical imaging for targeted cellular communication as cancer therapy by extracellular vesicles.

Christy Maksoudian, PhD student KU Leuven NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group
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Christy Maksoudian is a MSc in Research in Drug Design and Development and works as a PhD student in the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group.

Research: Design and evaluation of optimized nanoparticle systems for the targeted immunotherapy of tumors.

Xanthippi Koutsoumpou PhD student KU Leuven NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group
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Xanthippi Koutsoumpou is a MSc in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies and works as a PhD student in the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group.

Research: Smart theranostic delivery systems of therapeutics to malignant brain tumors.

Vincent Lenders PhD student KU Leuven NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group
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Vincent Lenders is a MSc in Bioscience Engineering and works as a PhD student in the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group.

Research: Cellular hitchhiking for the targeted delivery of steroids to the lungs in a bronchopulmonary dysplasia rabbit model.

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Ara Sargsian is a MSc in Biomedical Sciences and works as a PhD student in the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group.

Research: Developing ex vivo cultures of animal and human explants for toxicity screening

Chu Tianjiao, PhD student KU Leuven NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group
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Chu Tianjiao is a MSc in Biological Engineering and works as a PhD student in the NanoHealth and Optical Imaging Group.

Research: Evaluation of spatio-temporal control of immuno-genic cell death induction for enhanced immunotherapy

Master and Bachelor Students
Joke de Sutter

2020-2021

Research: Master student on nano-immunotherapies

Remei Escudero Franch

2020-2021

Research: Master student on nano-immunotherapies

Anna Frimpong Arhin (Erasmus)

2020-2021

Research: Master student on nano-immunotherapies

Ikra Khan

2020-2021

Research: Master student on nano-immunotherapies

Ine Vlaeminck

2020-2021

Research: Master student on nano-immunotherapies

Lucia Aversa (Erasmus)

2020-2021

Research: Master student on nano-immunotherapies

Former Students
Ara Sargsian

2019-2020

Research: Master student on nano-immunotherapies

Bart Coenaerts

2018-2019

Research: Master student on nano-immunotherapies

Paula Longás Calvo (Erasmus)

2018-2019

Research: Bachelor student on nano-immunotherapies