15th May 2017

Former employees




ir. Anke Goormans
Complex carbohydrate synthesis:
Examined the long-term genomic stability of engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains. Principles were applied for the production of complex carbohydrates with applications in e.g. infant nutrition and nutraceuticals.
Isabelle Maryns
Engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae for the production of specialty carbohydrates. Was active on the Carbosurf H2020-BBI-JU project.
Dr. ir Nico Snoeck
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant - Business Development Manager
Complex carbohydrate synthesis:
Developed a fast genome editing tool to create a biotechnological production platform for the synthesis of complex carbohydrates and glycoproteins. These compounds have applications in food, feed and pharmaceutical industries as nutraceuticals and vaccines.

Obtained his doctoral degree on 14th February 2020
Dr. ir. Maarten De Mol
Post Doc at InBio.be
Strain robustness & aminoglycosides:
Developed novel metabolic engineering tools for Saccharomyces cerevisiae with regard to flexibility, strain stability and aminoglycoside production. Aminoglycosides are complex amino sugars with highly valuable pharmaceutical applications including the use as antimicrobial and antiviral drugs.

Obtained his doctoral degree on 28th June 2019
Dr. Marilyn De Graeve
Post Doc at Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety
Glycolipid engineering & lipidomics:
Optimized modified Starmerella bombicola strains for the production of glycolipids. By means of lipidomics, the detailed lipid composition of the whole cell was determined, as well as the effects of genetic modifications and different production conditions on the present lipophilic compounds. By merging lipidomics data to other information (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics data), a metabolic network was made.

Obtained her doctoral degree on 26th April 2019
Dr. ir. Lisa Van Renterghem
Biogazelle
Biosurfactants & applications:
Applied an integrated bioprocess design strategy for the production of new-to-nature glycolipids with genetically engineered S. bombicola strains. In this strategy, the entire innovation chain was considered: from genetic engineering to medium optimization, fermentation and downstream processing, to final application testing.

Obtained her doctoral degree on 23th November 2018
Dr. ir. Thomas Decoene
Inbiose - Senior Research Associate
Was active on the BioNANA (IWT O&O) project.
ir. Hannes Decadt
VUB - PhD student
Was active on the BioNANA (IWT O&O) project
Barbara Toch
Coordination Assistant
Dr. ir. Barbara Danneels
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant
Assisted the course 'Industrial biotechnology' (1e Ma Bio-ir).
Isabelle Van de Velde
Glycolipid engineering:
Investigated the capabilities of Starmerella bombicola to produce interesting fatty acid derived products.
Dr. ir. Tim Devlamynck
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant - Project coordinator
Enzymatic glycosylation:
Applied glucansucrase enzymes for the synthesis of various bioactive glycosides, e.g. steviol glycosides with improved taste and phenolic glycosides with anti-oxidant properties. Strategies used to optimize the glycosylation reactions were reaction -and enzyme engineering.

Obtained his doctoral degree on 27th October 2017.



Dr. ir. Robin Geys
Agrosavfe - Senior researcher manufacturing
Glycolipid engineering:
Applied metabolic engineering and process engineering for the production of novel kinds of glycolipids with Starmerella bombicola. Besides this, a more fundamental approach was undertaken to understand regulation, expression and other aspects of this yeast and its related species.

Obtained his doctoral degree on 17th February 2017.