CRIG grant laureates 2022


Every year, CRIG awards about ten research grants for young postdoctoral researchers to initiate potentially high-risk and innovative cancer research projects (partially supported by vzw Kinderkankerfonds). Since these grants are financed for a large part by donations and actions, we find it important to be transparent and to show where the funding goes to. Therefore, we make short educational movies about the research projects of the CRIG laureates. Check out this page regularly to discover new movies!



Dr. Kai Ling Liang, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Prof. Tom Taghon, who wants to develop a method to derive blood stem cells from induced pluripotent stem cells. Why? Discover it in his movie!


In this movie, Dr. Sandra Van Lint (group of Prof. Karim Vermaelen) introduces her project on the optimization of dendritic cell vaccination.


Dr. Elien De Bousser (group Prof. Nico Callewaert) did research to an aspect of CAR-T optimization and explains the concept behind CAR-T therapy. Watch the movie !


In this movie, Dr. Lien Van Hoecke (team of Prof. Roosmarijn Vandenbroucke, VIB-UGent) explains how nanobodies could be used as Trojan Horse to smuggle medicines into brain tumors.


Dr. Benoit Louage (team Prof. Bruno De Geest) explains in this movie the basic principles of his project, in which he investigates a novel class of cancer immunotherapeutics for selective lysosomal degradation of immune-suppressive cell surface proteins in the tumor microenvironment. 


Dr. Lien Lippens (team Prof. An Hendrix) wants to study bacterial extracellular vesicles (BEVs) in the blood of cancer patients. Due to the high complexity of blood samples, she first needs to develop a sensitive and fast way to isolate or analyze these BEVs, which is the focus of her project. 


Dr. Renée Bultijnck (team Prof. Piet Ost) received a CRIG grant to conduct research on the implementation of 'Patient Related Outcome Measures' or 'PROMS' in clinical practice. Why bother? Let Renée explain!


In this movie, Dr. Sander Lefere (team Prof. Hans Van Vlierberghe) explains his project about a possible link between maternal obesity and liver cancer.