Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988 – 1995
    Doctor in Medicine (M.D.) Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium

  • 1997 – 2001
    Research Fellow IWT (Instituut voor Wetenschap en Technologie) during years of Ph.D.

  • 2001
    Ph.D. Medical Sciences. Radio-inducible promoters for increased specificity of the Clostridium-mediated tumour-targeted protein delivery system. Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium

  • since 2002
    Clinical staff member, Department Radiation-Oncology, University Hospital Leuven

  • 2002 – 2005
    Assistant Professor Faculty Medicine KULeuven

  • 2005 – 2008
    Associate Professor Faculty Medicine KULeuven

  • since 2008
    Full Professor Faculty Medicine KULeuven

Selected projects

  • Hypoxia, microsatellite alterations and promoter hypermethylation in HNSCC: interplay and biomarker potential

  • Optimization of intensity-modulated radiotherapy for head and neck cancer

  • Optimizing radiotherapy in head and neck cancer. Reducing toxicity and exploring the potential of diffusion-weighted MRI.

  • Molecular Pathogenesis of Head and Neck Cancer: role of Tyrosine Kinases

  • Minimal invasive imaging of the tumoral micro-environment in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck: value of diffusion-weighted and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging for tumour detection, regional staging and treatment follow-up

  • Role of HPV in Head and Neck Cancer

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Jury member The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO): Med4 (Cancer Jury) and Jury Senior Clinical Investigators

  • Jury member scientific committee Vlaamse Liga tegen Kanker (VLK)

  • Founding Member of Vlaamse Werkgroep Hoofd-en Halstumoren (VWHHT)

  • Active member and treasurer EORTC Radiotherapy Oncology Group ROG

  • Reviewer several international organisations (Swiss National Science Foundation, the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), UICC (grant applications for International Cancer Technology Transfer (ICRETT) Fellowships), Cancer Research UK, Dr. Josef Steiner Cancer Foundation, European Research Council, Health Research Board Ireland)

  • Member of Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Head & Neck Cancer Section (Oncology Faculty)

Additional qualifications

  • Investigator or sub-investigator in several multicenter trials on investigational agents for head and neck cancer. Received ICH GCP training.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Maried, mother of 4 children


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