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StressChron

Organisation

We are located in the Science Park of Ghent University in Ostend (Belgium) and consist of a highly structured, specialized and committed team.

Organigram

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Personnel

The Stress Physiology Research Group consists of personnel working on a long-term basis across projects as well as of personnel working on a specific project, where applicable, in collaboration with one or more scientific partners, for a well-defined period of time.

On a long-term basis across projects

Head Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: Prof. Dr. Johan Aerts
Responsibilities: Overall scientific and administrative management

Management Assistant Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: Ms. Karolien De Vos
Responsibilities: Overall administrative and logistics support

Scientific Assistant Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: Dr. Nathalie Briels
Responsibilities: Overall scientific support

Fish Caretaker Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: BSc. Gaelle Meyns
Responsibilities: Overall experimental support

Fish Caretaker Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: BSc. Sarah Trypsteen
Responsibilities: Overall experimental support

Lab Manager Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: BSc. Jana Hennebert
Responsibilities: Overall analytical support

Lab Manager Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: BSc. Marine Vanhomwegen
Responsibilities: Overall analytical support

Lab Technician Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: BSc. Sarah De Voogt
Responsibilities: Overall analytical support Biochemistry Lab, Biomolecular Lab, Cell Biology Lab

Lab Technician Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: current vacancy (see www.ugent.be)
Responsibilities: Overall analytical support Biochemistry Lab, Biomolecular Lab, Cell Biology Lab

On specific projects for a predefined period of time

Topic: Improving sustainability and animal welfare in aquaculture

Name: MSc. Lina Weirup
Type: PhD student
Research: Development of an evaluation index for the practical assessment of trout welfare aspects
Promotors: Prof. dr. Johan Aerts, Prof. dr. Carsten Schulz, Dr. Heinrike Seibel
Co-Affiliation: Gesellschaft für Marine Aquakultur (GMA), Germany

Topic: Improving sustainability and animal welfare in husbandry

Name: BSc. Désirée Maryns
Type: Project employee
Research: Optimization of the welfare of small ruminants used for human therapy, education, and recreation
Supervisors: Prof. dr. Johan Aerts, Dr. Godelieve Meulemans, Dr. Bonnie Valgaeren
Co-Affiliation: HoGent – Nature and Food Sciences, Belgium

Topic: Glucocorticoid-mediated developmental programming and early life stress

Name: MSc. Patricia Pereira
Type: PhD Student
Research: The influence of (chronic) elevated levels of endogenous and exogenous glucocorticoids on the (re)activity of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Interrenal axis using carp (Cyprinus carpio) as a model: expression of key genes and UPLC-MS/MS quantification of a full glucocorticoid profile from egg to adult fish
Promotor: Prof. dr Johan Aerts, Prof. dr. Dominique Adriaens
Co-Affiliation: None

Topic: Glucocorticoid-mediated bone (de)formation

Name: MSc. Michela Carbone
Type: PhD Student
Research: Maternally deposited and early life (stress induced) de novo synthesis of glucocorticoids by the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Interrenal axis using carp (Cyprinus carpio) as a model: the effect of cortisol and its endogenous phase I metabolites on glucocorticoid (pre-)receptor regulation in brain and bone
Promotor: Prof. dr. Johan Aerts, Prof. dr. Luc Lens, Dr. Nathalie Briels
Co-Affiliation: None

Topic: Individual variation in stress response

Name: MSc. April Opinion
Type: PhD Student
Research: Unravelling the effects of individual coping style and long-term glucocorticoid up-regulation on cardiac remodeling in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
Promotor: Prof. dr Johan Aerts, Prof. dr. Gudrun De Boeck
Co-Affiliation: Antwerp University, Belgium

Topic: Improving the understanding of the impact of anthropogenic activities on wildlife

Name: MSc. Bram Catfolis
Type: PhD Student
Research: Forest biodiversity and multifunctionality drive chronic stress-mediated dynamics in pathogen reservoirs in birds
Promotor: Prof. dr. Luc Lens, Prof. dr. Johan Aerts, Dr. Diederik Strubbe, Dr. Nathalie Briels
Co-Affiliation: None

Topic: Improving the understanding of the impact of anthropogenic activities on wildlife

Name: MSc. Leni Lammens
Type: PhD Student
Research: Chronic stress in amphibia: quantification of chronic stress and interplay between glucocorticoids and fungi in alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris) and fire salamander (Salamandra Salamandra)
Promotor: Prof. dr. Frank Pasmans, Prof. dr. An Martel, Prof. dr. Johan Aerts
Co-Affiliation: None