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. Topics focus on chromosomal radiosensitivity, DNA repair mechanism and cancer predisposition in breast, cervical cancer and HIV positive cancer patients.  Recently a new research line focusing on proton therapy and hematopoietic stem cells is initiated. 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. Since beginning of 2019 we are the reference lab for radiosensitivity testing in Belgium. 

Research team

  • Prof. Anne Vral - principle investigator, full professor
  • Prof. Ans Baeyens - principle investigator, associate professor
  • Elien Beyls - doctoral fellow
  • Leen Pieters - technician
  • Greet De Smet - technician
  • Toke Thiron - technician

Key publications

  • Chromosomal radiosensitivity in breast cancer patients with a known or putative genetic predisposition. British Journal of  Cancer, 2002.
  • Chromosomal radiosensitivity in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. International Journal of Radiation Biology, 2004.
  • The combined effect of polymorphisms in Rad51 and Xrcc3 on breast cancer risk and chromosomal radiosensitivity. Molecular Medicine Reports, 2011
  • Chromosomal radiosensitivity of HIV positive/negative cervical cancer patients in South Africa, Molecular Medicine Reports, 2016
  • RENEB intercomparison exercises analyzing micronuclei (Cytokinesis-block Micronucleus Assay) International Journal of Radiation Biology, 2016
  • Diagnosis of Fanconi Anaemia by ionising radiation- or mitomycin C-induced micronuclei. DNA Repair, 2016.
  •  Absence of genotoxic effect in circulating lymphocytes of workers exposed to cadmium. Toxicology Letters, 2019
  • The effect of modulated electro-hyperthermia on local disease control in HIV-positive and -negative cervical cancer women in South Africa: Early results from a phase III randomised controlled trial. Plos One, 2019
  • Chromosomal Radiosensitivity of Triple Negative and Young Breast Cancer Patients. International Journal of Radiation Biology, 2019
  • Analysis of the effects of mEHT on the treatment-related toxicity and quality of life of HIV-positive cervical cancer patients.  Int J Hyperthermia, 2020
  • Potentiation of the abscopal effect by modulated electro-hyperthermia in locally advanced cervical cancer patients. Frontiers in Oncology, 2020
  • The cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay on human isolated fresh and cryopreserved peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Journal Personalised Medicine, 2020. 
  • The cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay for cryopreserved whole blood. Int J Radiat Biol,2021

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