Joeri Tulkens

CRIG member
Joeri Tulkens

Doctoral fellow - Laboratory Experimental Cancer Research - Ghent University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UGent
Principal investigators: Jo Vandesompele & An Hendrix


Research focus

Cancer is a systemic disease characterized by metastasis, immune- and coagulation defects, and cachexia. Cancer cells can initiate a systemic disease by their acquired capacity to communicate with their local and distant environments. Cancer and non-cancer cells release single molecules and extracellular vesicles (EV) for distant communication. I will investigate the potential diagnostic impact of EVs in cancer patients.


I successfully achieved the grade of Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (UGent, 2014) and subsequently the grade of Master of Science in Drug Development (UGent, 2016), both with great distinction. 
The academic research part of my studies was translated for the first time into practice during a four-month traineeship at the Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research, leading to my master’s thesis. Due to my academic background, motivation and passion for research, I could accomplish a successful master’s thesis, focusing on the isolation of exosomes coming from blood plasma of the human body. During this traineeship, I also became co-author of an A1 publication in preparation. 

Contact & links

  • Ghent University Hospital, building P7, first floor, Corneel Heymanslaan 10, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • ResearchGate