Lien Lippens

CRIG member
Lien Lippens

Doctoral fellow – Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research, UGent, Fac. of Medicine and Health Sciences
Principal investigators: prof. Hannelore Denys (MD, PhD), prof. Katrien Vandecasteele (MD, PhD) and prof. An Hendrix (PhD)


Research focus

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) transfer lipids, membrane-associated and intraluminal proteins, and nucleic acids influencing various physiological and pathological functions. EVs can transfer information from cancer cells to neighboring cancer cells and host cells, but EVs can also reach the blood stream and transfer the information to more distant cells in for example other organs. In this way EVs are important mediators of invasive growth and metastasis development.
I am investigating the diagnostic and prognostic biomarker potential of EVs and the different mechanisms of EV biogenesis


I successfully achieve the grade of Bachelor in Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University in 2014. Subsequently I achieved the grade of Master in Bioscience Engineering, Cell and Gene Biotechnology in 2016. During my last year I had the opportunity to perform research at the Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research. This research resulted in a master thesis obtained with great distinction.

Contact & links

  • Lab address: Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research, Department of Human Structure and Repair, 2 RTP, entrance 98, Corneel Heymanslaan 10, 9000 Ghent
  • LECR