Joeri Tulkens

CRIG member
Joeri Tulkens

Doctoral fellow - Laboratory Experimental Cancer Research - Ghent University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UGent
Principal investigator: prof. An Hendrix (PhD)
Co-founder of the Belgian Society for Extracellular Vesicles


Research focus

Extracellular vesicles (EV) derived from liquid biopsies are emerging as potent biomarkers in health and disease, especially in cancer.
We focus on EV secreted by bacteria and implement these bacterial vesicles as new blood-based biomarkers in precision medicine.


* 2011-2016: Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Master of Science in Drug Development, Ghent University
* 2016-present: PhD student, Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research , Ghent University           
* ISEV2019 Young Investigator Award
* EMBO journal poster prize at BESEV2019

Key publications

  • Tulkens, J. et al.: Increased levels of systemic LPS-positive bacterial extracellular vesicles in patients with intestinal barrier dysfunction, Gut, 69, 191-193 (2020).
  • Tulkens, J. et al.: Analyzing bacterial extracellular vesicles in human body fluids by orthogonal biophysical separation and biochemical characterization, Nature Protocols, 15, 40–67 (2020).
  • Van Deun, J. et al.: EV-TRACK: transparent reporting and centralizing knowledge in extracellular vesicle research, Nature Methods, 14(3), 228–232 (2017).

Contact & links

  • Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research, Department of human structure and repair, 2 RTP, entrance 98, Corneel Heymanslaan 10, 9000 Gent.
  • ResearchGate
  • LinkedIn