dr. Francis Combes (PhD)

CRIG member
Francis Combes

Postdoctoral researcher - Lab of Gene Therapy / Dept. of Nutrition, Genetics and Ethology / Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UGent)
Principal investigator: prof. Niek Sanders (PhD)


Research focus

My research is currently focused on finding novel approaches to conferring tissue selectivity to mRNA therapeutics on the pre- and post-translational level. I am conducting reporter gene studies aimed at achieving selective expression in hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HepG2) in vitro and in vivo. After systemic administration, the goal is to find a universally applicable method for restricting translation of therapeutic mRNA to target cells. 


  • 2020 - Postdoctoral researcher (Lab of Gene Therapy)
  • 2019 - PhD in Veterinary Science 
  • 2015 - Master in Veterinary Science
  • 2012 - Bachelor in Veterinary Science
  • 2009 - Master in Audiovisual Arts

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