Belgium Leuven

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Department of Chronic Diseases, Metabolism and Ageing (CHROMETA): Laboratory of Respiratory Diseases and Thoracic Surgery (BREATHE)

Department of Public Health and Primary Care: Centre for Environment and Health

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Brief Overview

The Centre for Environment and Health (E&H) includes the following closely linked areas of research: (a) Occupational and Environmental Exposure and Toxicological Assessment; (b) Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
The Centre for Environment and Health performs translational research regarding mechanisms of toxicity of inhaled pollutants with an emphasis on: 1) ultrafine particles and engineered nanoparticles; 2) immunological and non-immunological mechanisms of chemical-induced asthma.
The Laboratory of Respiratory Diseases and Thoracic Surgery (BREATHE): Lung and chest wall mechanics: respiratory function in health and disease and effects of drugs. – Lung toxicology: fundamental mechanisms and epidemiologic research on occupational hazards. – Biochemical and metabolic functions of lung in health and disease and animal models. – Bronchial carcinoma: PET-scan, therapeutic modalities. – Respiratory muscles: animal models and changes in disease. – Difficult asthma. – Pulmonary embolism and hypertension. – COPD and rehabilitation.

Research Areas

Asthma\Biomarkers\Environmental medicine and lung diseases\Epidemiology\Immunology

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)\ European fellowships

Research infrastructure/facilities

General infrastructure:
The PyroMark Q24: Pyrosequencing technology for real-time, sequence-based detection and quantification of sequence variants and epigenetic methylation; Analysis of CpG methylation, SNPs, insertion/deletions.
The Orbitrap q exactive/ Orbitrap elite velos pro etd Ion Source(s): Electrospray Ionization (ESI) Mass Analyzer: Quadrupole – Orbitrap/ Velos Pro Ion Trap – Orbitrap Elite
-Thermo Scientific™ Q Exactive™ Hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer.
-The Q Exactive Mass Spectrometer is equally useful for untargeted or targeted screening and a broad range of qualitative and applications in drug discovery, proteomics, environmental and food safety, clinical research and forensic toxicology.

Research funding/Resources

Internal KU Leuven
FWO (Belgium research council)
EU-projects / Cost action

Links to non-academic sector

Career planning support
Job fair
Innovative Training Networks
Training ‘business coaching

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

Research at KU leuven is international – e.g. in our lab we have (or had the last 5 y) PhD students from Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Serbia, Turkey, India, Singapore … .
Teaching in the PhD-programs is in English.
The KU Leuven has a dedicated bureau for international students
And The international community has a rich live at the KU Leuven organised in several intentional student organizations

HR Excellence in Research – EU award


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