prof. Ans Baeyens (PhD)

CRIG group leader
Ans Baeyens

Principal investigator - Radiobiology lab - UGent
Associate professor - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - UGent

Research focus

My main research is in the field of molecular  and clinical radiobiology, radiation protection and radiogenomics. Topics focus on chromosomal radiosensitivity, DNA repair mechanism and cancer predisposition in breast, cervical cancer and HIV positive cancer patients.  Another part of my research is in the field of biological dosimetry.  We try to estimate by using cytogenetic tests  the radiation-induced DNA damage in radiation-overexposed individuals.

Research team

  • Prof. Anne Vral - principle investigator, full professor
  • Prof. Ans Baeyens - principle investigator, associate professor
  • Mattias Van Heetvelde - doctoral fellow
  • Jeroen Vierstraete - doctoral fellow
  • Flavia Francies - doctoral fellow
  • Carrie Minnaar - doctoral fellow 
  • Bram Verstraete - doctoral fellow


Key publications

  • Chromosomal radiosensitivity in breast cancer patients with a known or putative genetic predisposition. British Journal of  Cancer, 2002.
  • The use of EBV-transformed cell lines of breast cancer patients to measure chromosomal radiosensitivity. Mutagenesis,2004
  • Chromosomal radiosensitivity in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. International Journal of Radiation Biology, 2004.
  • Polymorphisms in nonhomologous end-joining genes associated with breast cancer risk and chromosomal radiosensitivity. Genes Chromosomes Cancer, 2008
  • The combined effect of polymorphisms in Rad51 and Xrcc3 on breast cancer risk and chromosomal radiosensitivity. Molecular Medicine Reports, 2011
  • Ethnical differences in breast cancer characteristics in a South African population. The Breast Journal, 2015
  • Prevalence of BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2 mutations and CHEK2 c.1100delC in different South African ethnic groups diagnosed with early onset and/or triple negative breast cancer. BMC Cancer, 2015
  • Chromosomal radiosensitivity of HIV positive/negative cervical cancer patients in South Africa, Molecular Medicine Reports, 2016

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