Bart Braeckman is principle investigator of the Laboratory for Aging Physiology and Molecular Evolution at the Faculty of Sciences, Ghent University. He holds a PhD degree in Biochemistry and is an associate professor in Functional Biology at the Department of Biology.
After studying heavy metal toxicity during his PhD, he started as a young postdoc in the field of aging research. During his postdoc years, he stayed at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Rutgers (NJ, USA), where he specialized in protein turnover biology. Upon his return to Belgium, he received the biannual ‘Lucien de Coninck’ award for Biological Sciences. In 2004, he got tenured at the Biology Department of Ghent University. His main research interest is the use of the nematode model organism Caenorhabditis elegans in the fields of aging and globin biology.