Loren Deblock

CRIG member
Loren Deblock

Doctoral fellow – SCRiPTS group and Infinity lab – Department of Chemistry (UGent) and Department of Electronics and information systems (UGent)
Principal investigators: prof. Isabel Van Driessche (PhD), prof. Klaartje De Buysser (PhD) and prof. Christian Vanhove (PhD)


Research focus

Colloidal nanocrystals have been considered for a multitude of bio-imaging applications, with recent research interest growing towards hybrid nanomaterials that combine multiple imaging modes, examples of this can include combinations of scintigraphy, fluorescence, MRI, photoacoustics, etc. in a single nanomaterial. Metal oxide nanocrystals have been particularly successful in nanomedicine, of the three types of inorganic nanocrystals that have achieved clinical translation,  two of them are oxides.

My research is mainly focused on:

  • Synthesis, surface functionalization and characterization of (multimodal) metal oxide nanocrystals for medical imaging.
  • Preclinical in vivo imaging using nanocrystals, particularly for image-guided surgery applications aiming to detect primary tumours and sentinel lymph nodes.  

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