Linos Vandekerckhove

Linos Vandekerckhove

Linos Vandekerckhove

Prof. & Head of HIV Cure Research Center - Ghent University

Prof. Linos Vandekerckhove graduated at the Medical School KULeuven in 1998 and obtained his PhD in 2006 at the Rega Institute (Leuven). He combined his infectious disease specialist education program with a PhD in the laboratory for Molecular Virology of Professor Debyser (Catholic University Leuven, Belgium). With this combination he bridges the gap between Clinical Infectious Diseases at the AIDS clinic and basic Molecular Virology research. In 2008, he received a clinical fellowship from the Flanders Scientific Institute, which allowed him to start up a basic research HIV laboratory at the Ghent University. In 2010, he felt the need to expand his knowledge on HIV cure research and decided to go to one of the high level research groups in the US, being the Gladstone Institute under the umbrella of Eric Verdin and Warner Greene. When he returned he applied successfully for several grants at the Bill and Melinda foundation, the American Foundation for Aids Research, the European Commission (as HIVERA partner) and local grant systems, allowing him group to expand to a group of 3 lab technician, 2 study nurses, 4 post docs and 8 PhD students. His unique profile of doing basic research in combination with clinical work makes his laboratory unique to pose the right questions and to feed the lab with relevant clinical questions. Today, his laboratory is a leading team for HIV reservoir research that is recognised nationally and internationally.

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