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MEET THE TEAM

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Prof Wim Ceelen, MD PhD

  • Associate professor in surgical oncology, Department of Human Structure and Repair, Ghent University​

  • Staff surgeon, Department of Gastro-Intestinal Surgery, Ghent University Hospital​

  • Director of Experimental Surgery lab​

Research interests

  • Surgical oncology: peritoneal metastases, soft tissue tumors, rare cancers​

  • Intraperitoneal drug delivery​

  • Biomedical engineering and physics in oncology

Contact

wim.ceelen@ugent.be; +32 9332 6251

Prof Wouter Willaert, MD PhD

  • Docent Tenure Track,  Department of Human Structure and Repair, Ghent University ​

  • Staff surgeon, Department of GI-Surgery, Ghent University Hospital​

  • Subspecialised in therapy of peritoneal carcinomatosis

 

Research interests

  • Peritoneal carcinomatosis

  • Intraperitoneal chemotherapy

  • Electrostatic pressurized intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy  (e)PIPAC​

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Prof Gabrielle Van Ramshorst, MD PhD

  • Associate professor in surgical oncology, Department of Human Structure and Repair, Ghent University​

  • Consultant Surgical oncologist at Ghent University Hospital

  • Associate Editor (Colorectal Disease)​

  • Early career editorial board (IJGC)​

  • Active in International committee vice chair (SSO)​, Education committee (ENYGO-ESGO)​, Research committee, Cohort studies committee (ESCP)​, Diversity task force (EHS, ESCP)​

Research interests​

  • Complex colorectal cancer​

  • Complex gynaecological cancer​

  • Clinical outcomes; quality of life including sexual function​

  • Surgical site infections

Sarah Cosyns, PhD

  • Master in Biomedical Sciences, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Department Gastrointestinal Pharmacology​

  • Postdoc at Experimental Surgery​ Lab

  • Overall manager of the lab & involved in multiple projects

Research interests​

  • In vivo preclinical research & clinical trials​

  • GI motility disorders and oncology​

  • Intraperitoneal drug delivery​

  • Immunophenotyping via flow cytometry​

Contact

Sarah.cosyns@ugent.be; ​+32 9332 1562

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Mohammad Rahimi Gorji, PhD

  • Joint PhD in Health Sciences & Biomedical Engineering​

  • Postdoc at Experimental Surgery lab / IBiTech-Biommeda​

  • Member of Cancer Research Institute Ghent (CRIG)​

 

Research interests​

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)​

  • Intraperitoneal drug delivery: numerical and experimental modeling​

  • Aerosolized drug delivery

Jesse Demuytere, MD

  • Master of Medicine​

  • PhD student at Experimental Surgery Lab​

 

Research interests​

  • Tumor microenvironment of peritoneal carcinomatosis​

  • Prevention and treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis

Hooman Salavati, MSc

  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering ​

  • PhD student at Experimental Surgery Lab & @IBITECH-bioMMeda​

  • Member of Cancer Research Institute Ghent (CRIG)​

 

Research interests:

  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)​

  • Medical image processing​

  • Multi-scale modeling of tumor dynamics

Sam Ernst, MSc

  • ​MSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Ghent University)​

  • PhD student at Experimental Surgery Lab​

  • PhD student at Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research (LECR)​

 

Research interests ​

  • Immunology, immuno-oncology, immunotherapy​

  • Cancer biology

Nidda Saeed, MSc

  • Masters of Pharmacy Practice​

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D)​

  • PhD student at Experimental Surgery​ Lab

Research interests​

  • NDDS (Nanotechnology)​

  • Targeted Drug Therapy & Theranostic Approach​

  • In vitro and in vivo preclinical research

Judith van Ovost, MSc

  • MSc in Biomedical sciences ​

  • PhD student at Experimental Surgery ​Lab

 

Research interests ​

  • Clinical trials ​

  • Immune interactions in the body ​

  • Anti-cancer immune therapy ​

  • Nanoformulations for treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis

Amber Boutens, MSc

  • MSc in Biomedical sciences

  •  PhD student at Experimental Surgery Lab​

Research interests ​

  •  Tumor microenvironment of mesenteric lymph nodes​

  •  Immunology, immuno-oncology​

  •  Cancer Biology​

  •  Prevention and treatment of lymph node carcinomatosis

Huan Yan, MD

  • Master in Clinical Medicine​

  • ​PhD student @ Experimental Surgery Lab​

Research interests ​

  • Immunology, immuno-oncology, immunotherapy​

Yiwen Long, MD

  • Master in Medicine​

  • PhD student at Experimental Surgery Lab & at China Scholarship Council​

  • Member of Chinese Anti-Cancer Association (CACA)​

Research interests ​

  • In vitro study of intraperitoneal aerosolized drug delivery

  • Mendelian randomization; Genomics oncology​

Barbara Cornillie, MSc

  • Master in Biomedical Sciences

  • Advanced Master in Statistical Data Analysis

  • ​PhD student @ Experimental Surgery Lab​

Research interests

  • Food science, food as medicine

  • Clinical trials

  • Biostatistics

  • Effects of beetroot juice on the intestinal microbiome, barrier and immunity, use of beetroot juice to protect against postoperative ileus following colorectal surgery

Karen De Meuleneir, MSc

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy ​

  • Bachelor nursing, specialised in pediatrics ​

  • Study coordinator​ at Experimental Surgery Lab

 

Job content

  • Patient screening, data/sample collection and obtaining ICF ​

  • Applications for the Ethics Committee, reporting SAE's,... ​

  • Close contact with HIRUZ regarding ongoing clinical trials and newly submitted trials​

Eliese Schelstraete, BSc

  • Bsc in Biomedical Laboratory Science​

  • Lab technician at Experimental Surgery Lab​

 

Job content

  • Lab work preclinical and clinical studies ​

  • General oversight/maintenance/planning of the lab​

  • Assisting the PhD students with laboratory duties ​

  • Assisting the study nurse with the administration of clinical studies​

Barbara Van Houte

Supporting staff at Experimental Surgery Lab

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