People

Principal Investigator

Cedric Blanpain

Cedric Blanpain, MD, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4175
Email: Cedric.Blanpain@ulb.ac.be

Cedric Blanpain graduated as a Medical Doctor (1995), received his PhD in Medical Sciences (2001) and was board certified in internal medicine (2002) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. Cedric performed a postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Elaine Fuchs, at the Rockefeller University, New York, USA from 2002 to 2006.

Cedric Blanpain is full professor of Stem Cell and Development Biology and investigator of the WELBIO (Walloon Excellence in Life science and Biotechnology) at the IRIBHM, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). His research group is studying the mechanism regulating stem cell fate decision during embryonic development, tissue homeostasis and repair as well as the implication of stem cells during cancer initiation and growth.

Cedric Blanpain received several prestigious awards and fellowships including the career development award of the HFSP, EMBO young investigator, ERC starting grant, Outstanding Young Investigator Award of the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and is an EMBO member since 2012.

The Belgian FNRS, Fondation Contre Le Cancer, Fond Ithier, Region Wallone, Region Bruxelles-Capitale, the Human Science Frontier Program Organization, the EMBO young investigator program, and the European Research Council support his research.


Permanent Researchers

Alexandra Van Keymeulen

Alexandra Van Keymeulen, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: avkeymeu@ulb.ac.be

Alexandra Van Keymeulen received a master in Chemistry from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1996). She received a PhD in Chemistry from Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2000. Alexandra joined Henry Bourne Lab (University of California San Francisco, USA) as a postdoctoral fellow from 2002 to 2006.

Alexandra joined the laboratory in 2006 as a postdoctoral fellow and was appointed to a tenure position as Chercheur Qualifié of the FNRS in 2007. She is leading projects on breast cellular hierarchy and on the cells at the origin of breast cancers.


Peggy Sotiropoulou

Peggy Sotiropoulou, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: psotirop@ulb.ac.be
Email: peggysotiropoulou@yahoo.com

Peggy Sotiropoulou received her BSc in Biology from the University of Athens in 2000. She obtained her PhD in Cancer Immunology from the Medical School of the University of Crete in 2005. Peggy performed a short postdoctoral fellowship in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Center of Athens until the end of 2006.

Peggy joined the laboratory in 2007 as a postodoctoral fellow and was appointed to a tenured position as chercheur qualifié of the FNRS in 2010. Peggy is studying the mechanisms of genome maintenance in skin stem cells and cancer stem cells.


Postdoctoral Fellows

Gaelle Lapouge

Gaelle Lapouge, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: Gaelle.Lapouge@ulb.ac.be

Gaelle Lapouge obtained her PhD in Louis Pasteur Strasbourg I University in April 2007. During her PhD, she studied the role of a new class of androgen receptor variant in prostate cancer.

Gaelle joined our laboratory in December 2007 and she is studying the role of epidermal stem cells during skin cancer formation.


Benjamin Beck

Benjamin Beck, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: benjamin.beck@ulb.ac.be

Benjamin Beck got his PhD in Medical Sciences from the Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille1, in June 2007. Benjamin studied the role of TRP cationic channels in keratinocyte physiopathology Inserm U800, Lille, France.

Benjamin joined our laboratory in early 2008 to study the role of cancer stem cells during cancer growth and relapse after therapy.


Benjamin Drogat

Benjamin Drogat, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: Benjamin.Drogat@ulb.ac.be

Benjamin Drogat got his PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of Bordeaux I in December 2005. Benjamin studied the effects of nutrient deprivations on tumoral angiogenesis and the implication of the ER stress, Inserm U1029, Talence, France. He performed a first postdoc in the department for Molecular Biomedical Research, VIB, Ghent, Belgium, where he studied the in vivo biological function of VEGF in the erythropoietic lineage commitment.

Benjamin joined our laboratory in January 2011 and he is studying the role of cancer stem cells in tumor progression.


Marielle Ousset

Marielle Ousset, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: marielleousset@yahoo.fr

Marielle Ousset obtained her PhD in the Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology, Toulouse III University, France, in July 2010. During her PhD, she studied the activation of DNA repair proteins in hypoxia and their role in the regulation of Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1.

Marielle joined our laboratory in January 2011 and she is studying the role of stem cells in mammary gland development and breast cancer formation.


Agnieszka Checinska, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: checinska.agnieszka@gmail.com

Agnieszka Checinska received her MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Wroclaw, Poland in 2002. She received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Faculty of Medicine of the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2007. Agnieszka performed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, USA and in the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), Madrid, Spain from 2007-2011.

Agnieszka obtained the postdoctoral fellowship from FNRS/Televie and joined the laboratory in january 2012. She is studying the mechanisms regulating cancer stem cells in human carcinoma.


Fabienne Lescroart, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: fabienne.lescroart@pasteur.fr

Fabienne Lescroart obtained her PhD in developmental biology in the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France, in September 2011. During her PhD, she studied the recruitment of second heart field progenitors during heart morphogenesis.

Fabienne joined our laboratory in January 2012 and she is interested in the cell lineage and behaviour of cardiac progenitors, expressing Mesp1, during the earliest steps of cardiogenesis.


Ozdemirhan Sercin, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: Ozdemirhan.Sercin@gmail.com

Ozdemirhan Sercin received his BS in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University, Ankara, TURKEY in 2006. During his PhD, he worked on biochemical characterization and functions of Claspin in DNA Replication and in ATR-Chk1 pathway in Aziz Sancar Lab in UNC-CH. He received his doctorate in Biochemistry and Biophysics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA in May 2011.

Ozzy joined our laboratory in April 2012 and he is working on the role of aneuploidy in tumoral initiation and progression.


Xionghui Lin, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: Xionghui.Lin@ulb.ac.be

Xionghui Lin obtained his PhD in Comparative Physiology from Uppsala University, Sweden in 2010. After that, he worked in same University as a research associate from 2010-2012. Over the years, he has been working with Hematopoietic Stem Cells as well as Hematopoietic Growth Factors, which control fate decision of blood lineages in invertebrates.

With great interesting in Stem Cell research, Xionghui joined our laboratory in September 2012 as a postdoc fellow, funded by the Belgian FNRS. He is currently studying the transcriptional network involved in the fate determination of multipotent cardiovascular progenitor cells during embryonic stem cell differentiation and mouse heart development.


Adriana Sanchez-Danes, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: adrianasanchezdanes@yahoo.es

Adriana Sanchez-Danes obtained her PhD in Biomedicine from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, in May 2012. During her PhD, she focused on the generation of human dopaminergic neurons from induced pluripotent stem cells to model Parkinson’s disease.

Adriana joined our laboratory in August 2012 and she is studying the mechanisms involved in basal cell carcinoma initiation and progression.


Raj GIRADDI, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: rajshekhar.giraddi@gmail.com

Raj Giraddi did his PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK in 2013. He worked on the proliferation kinetics of mammary stem cells in Dr. John Stingl's lab.

Raj joined our laboratory in 2013 for his postdoctoral work on breast cancer stem cells.


Mathilde LATIL, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: mathildelatil@hotmail.com

Mathilde Latil obtained her PhD in cellular biology in the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France, in February 2012. During her PhD, she studied the resistance of muscle stem cells to severe hypoxia and anoxia.

Mathilde joined our laboratory in March 2012 and she is studying the origin of tumor heterogeneity in skin squamous cell carcinoma and also work to identify new genomic alterations in skin squamous cell carcinoma.


May Yin LEE, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: mayylee@ulb.ac.be

Born and raised in Malaysia, May Yin obtained her undergraduate degree in Life Sciences at the National University of Singapore. Subsequently she did her Ph.D work at the IMCB, Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) under the guidance of Jacqueline Veltmaat, studying the multi-faceted roles of Gli3 in mammary gland development in the mouse embryo. Her current work in the lab allows her to combine her interests and fascination of normal developmental mechanisms and to understand how such mechanisms are misregulated in tumour initiation and progression. She is a grateful recipient of the A*STAR Post-doctoral Fellowship.


Federico MAURI, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: frieden81@gmail.com

Federico Mauri received his Master degree in Medical biotechnology from the University of Trieste in 2006. He then joined the laboratory of prof. Jürgen Knoblich at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna, studying the mechanisms of asymmetric cell division in Drosophila melanogaster. Federico obtained his PhD in Molecular biology from the University of Vienna in 2011.

After one more year as post-doctoral fellow in the Knoblich lab, Federico joined the laboratory in 2013 to study the role of asymmetric cell division in the expansion of the cancer stem stell population and its impact on tumor progression.


Guilhem Mascre

Guilhem Mascre, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: guilhem.mascre@gmail.com

Guilhem Mascre obtained his MS at EPHE (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes) in Paris, France.

After performing a rotation in the lab of P. Dotto, Lausanne, Switzerland, Guilhem joined the lab as graduate student in October 2008. Guilhem is interested in understanding cell lineage specification and homeostasis in the epidermis.


PhD Students

Giuseppe Chiapparo

Giuseppe Chiapparo, MS
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: Giuseppe.Chiapparo@ulb.ac.be

Giuseppe Chiapparo received his MS from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2009.

After performing a rotation in our lab, Giuseppe decided to join the lab to study the mechanisms regulating cardiovascular progenitor cell fate specification. Giuseppe is a recipient of the FRIA/FNRS research fellowship.


Samira Chabab

Samira Chabab, MS
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: Samira.Chabab@ulb.ac.be

Samira Chabab received a master degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2010 from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

After performing a rotation in our lab, she decided to start a PhD program as a research fellow of the FNRS/FRIA since October 2010. Samira is interested in defining the molecular mechanisms responsible for multipotent cardiovascular progenitor specification during the embryonic development in mice.


Andreas Karambelas

Andrea Karambelas, MS
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: aekarambelas@yahoo.com

Andrea Karambelas received her BSc in Biology from the University of New Hampshire, USA in 2008. She obtained her Masters in Cancer Genomics and Developmental Biology from Utrecht University, NL in 2010.

Andrea joined our laboratory in January 2011 to begin a PhD program and she is studying the mechanisms regulating the maintenance of epithelial stem cell genome integrity.


Maud Debaugnies, MD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: Maud.Debaugnies@ulb.ac.be

Maud Debaugnies received her Medical Degree from Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2010. Maud is resident in trainee in the otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery department of CHU Saint Pierre.

After performing a rotation in our lab, Maud joined the laboratory in October 2011 and she is studying the role of cancer stem cell during cancer development and relapse after therapy. She is a recipient of the research fellowship of the association "Vesale found for research".


Soufiane Boumahdi, MS
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: soufiane.boumahdi@gmail.com

Soufiane Boumahdi graduated from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon, France, with a MSc in Biotechnologies & Biochemistry on September 2010.

Soufiane joined our laboratory in October 2011 as a research fellow of the FNRS/FRIA and he is studying the role of cancer stem cells during cancer initiation and tumor progression.


Jean Christophe Larsimont, MS
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: jclarsim@gmail.com

Jean-Christophe Larsimont received his BS in Biomedical Sciences from the Faculté Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP) in 2010. Jean-Christophe obtained his MS in Biomedical Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 2012.

After performing a rotation in our lab, Jean-Christophe joined the lab to study the molecular mechanisms involved in basal cell carcinoma tumorigenesis.


Sophie Dekoninck

Sophie Dekoninck, MS
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: sophie.dekoninck@gmail.com

Sophie Dekoninck received a master degree in biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology from the catholic university of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), Belgium 2009.

Sophie joined our lab in 2011 and is responsible for the flow cytometry and cell sorting facility.


Sophie Dekoninck

Tatiana TREVENCO, MS
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: trevenco@ulb.ac.be

Tatiana TREVENCO received a Master degree in Biomedical sciences from Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 2013.

After performing a master thesis in the lab, she continue with a PhD as a research fellow of FNRS/FRIA. She wants to determine which cells particpate in skin and breast cancer progression and confer resistance to therapy.


Sophie Dekoninck

Aline WUIDART , MS
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: Aline.Wuidart@ulb.ac.be

Aline Wuidart received a master degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2013 from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

After performing a rotation in our lab, she decided to start a PhD program as a research fellow of the FNRS since October 2013. Aline is interested in defining the molecular mechanisms that regulate the switch from multipotency to unipotency during the expansion of the mammary gland.


Farida Benhadou, MD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: Farida.Benhadou@ulb.ac.be

Farida Benhadou received her Medical Degree from Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 2009. She completed her internship in Dermatology and Venereology in 2013 at Erasme Hospital.

Farida joined the laboratory in October 2013 and she is studying the role of the VEGF and its receptors in the pathophysioigy of psoriasis.Farida is a recipient of the research fellowship of Fonds Erasme.


Adeline Nicodème, MD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: adeline.nicodeme@ulb.ac.be

Adeline Nicodème received her Medical degree in 2010 from Université Libre de Bruxelles. Adeline is a resident in trainee in the Neurology department of Erasme Hospital.

Adeline joined our laboratory in January 2014 to begin a PhD program and is a recipient of the FRIA/FNRS research fellowship. She is interested in neuro-oncology by the understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of medulloblastoma.


Technicians

Catherine Paulissen

Catherine Paulissen, Technician
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: catherine_p_9@hotmail.com

Catherine Paulissen received a BS in Medical Biology from la Haute Ecole André Vésale, Liège.

Catherine is our lab manager since December 2006.


Gaelle Bouvencourt

Gaelle Bouvencourt, Technician
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: bouvencourt.gaelle@live.be

Gaelle is studying a BS in Chemistry at Haute Ecole Provinciale de Hainaut (HEPH Condorcet).

Gaelle Bouvencourt performed a rotation in our lab in 2009 and joined the group in February 2010.


Virginie Moers

Virginie Moers, PhD
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: vmoers@ulb.ac.be

Virginie Moers obtained her PhD in the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2008 in the laboratory of Eric Belefroid.

Virginie joined our laboratory in December 2010.


Doriana Pucci, Technician
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: dpucci@ulb.ac.be

Doriana PUCCI got her bachelor degree in medical biology at Haute Ecole Provinciale HEPH condorcet (june 2010).
She joined the group in july 2011 and since january 2012 till now she’s responsible for transgenesis for the group.


Said Lamrani, Technician Mice
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: said.lamrani@ulb.ac.be

 


Christine Dubois, Technician FACS
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: Christine.dubois@ulb.ac.be

Christine Dubois received a master degree in biology from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
Christine Dubois joined our lab in 2012 and is responsible for the flow cytometry and cell sorting facility.


Sandrine LENGLEZ, Technician
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: sandrine.lenglez@ulb.ac.be

Sandrine Lenglez obtained her BS in Medical Biology at Institut Paul Lambin (IPL) in 2006.
She worked at the Duve Institute during 6 years and joined our lab in january 2014.


Melanie LIAGRE, Technician
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: mliagre@ulb.ac.be

Melanie Liagre received a BS in Biochemistry from the Haute Ecole Provinciale du Hainaut (HEPH-Condorcet) in 2012.
Melanie joined our laboratory in December 2012.


Erwin NKUSI, Technician
Phone: +32-2-555 4190
Email: erwinnkusi@gmail.com

Erwin Nkusi received his BMedSc degree in Biomedical Materials Science from the University of Birmingham,UK.
Erwin Nkusi worked for the British National Blood Service,London, before joining our lab in 2013 as a Lab Technician.


Administrative Staff

Nathalie Moguet, Personal Assistant
Phone: +32-2-555 4135
Email: nmoguet@ulb.ac.be

Nathalie joined our laboratory in January 2014.
She is the Personal Assistant of Professor C. BLANPAIN.


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Alumni

Nicolas Vanlangendonck, MS
Email: Nicolas.Vanlangendonck@ulb.ac.be

Nicolas performed a rotation in our lab from September 2008 to June 2009 before receiving his MS degree with cum laudea.

 


Caroline Szpalski, MD
Email: caroline.szpalski@ulb.ac.be

Caroline performed a rotation in our lab from January 2009 to June 2009 before receiving her MD degree with cum laudea.

 


Simon Tannler, PhD
Email: simon.tannler@ulb.ac.be

 


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