dr. Sofie Van Dorpe (MD)
Symbiosis between epithelial barriers and their microbial ecosystems has a major impact on local and systemic immune mechanisms, marked by influencing therapy response and clinical outcome in cancer patients. Gram+ and Gram- bacteria release bacterial extracellular vesicles (BEV), nanometer-sized membrane particles transporting nucleic acids, metabolites, proteins and endotoxins. We believe that circulating BEV are, at least partially, responsible for the interaction between three biological entities: the microbiome, the tumor, and the immune system.
Sofie Van Dorpe graduated in 2018 as Master of Medicine, magna cum laude, at Ghent University. After obtaining her degree as a medical doctor (MD), she initiated her training in Gynaecology-Obstetrics at Ghent University Hospital and started as doctoral fellow at the Laboratory for Experimental Cancer Research (LECR) at Ghent University.