prof. Christian Vanhove (PhD)

CRIG member
Christian Vanhove

Principal investigator - Institute Biomedical Technology (IBiTech)
Associate professor (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, UGent)
Head of Innovative Flemish In-vivo Imaging Technology (INFINITY) lab
Senior staff member Medical Imaging and Signal Processing (MEDISIP) research group
Staff member Innovative Molecular Imaging and Therapy (IMIT) consortium


Research focus

Over the last 100 years, biomedical imaging has developed from simple two-dimensional X-ray imaging into a compendium of powerful multi-dimensional imaging techniques and has progressed in four distinct ways: standardized protocol allowing quantitative imaging, innovations in medical devices, innovations in imaging analysis and innovations in imaging agents. Our research is directly related to these four domains, mainly in the field of small animal imaging.


Christian Vanhove graduated as a Biomedical and Clinical Engineer from Brussels University in 1990. From 1991 until 1996, he worked as a Medical Physicist at the Nuclear Medicine department of the Sint-Elisabeth hospital in Zottegem, where he was doing research and developments for the industry in a clinical environment. Research and developments were focused on all aspects of medical image processing, including image reconstruction, image registration and image quantification. In 1996, he moved to the Nuclear Medicine department of the Brussels University Hospital. As a Medical Physicist Expert he continued his research in the field of medical image processing and obtained his PhD in Medical Science in 2004. In 2005, he was one of the initiators of the small animal imaging lab of Brussels University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at this preclinical imaging facility. During this period his research was focused on quantitative small animal imaging. Since February 2011, he joined the Institute Biomedical Technology (IBiTech) of the Faculty of Engineering of Ghent University, where he is responsible for the INnovative Flemish IN-vivo Imaging TechnologY (INFINITY) lab. One of the major research domains of INFINITY is multi-modality imaging in cancer research.


  • prof Christian Vanhove - Principal investigator, associate professor
  • dr. Benedicte Descamps - Research staff
  • prof Filip De Vos - Principal investigator, associate professor
  • prof Stefaan Vandenberghe - Principal investigator, associate professor
  • Prof Roel Van Holen - Principal investigator, associate professor
  • Tristan Baguet - doctoral fellow 
  • Inge Lason - Project coordinator
  • Saskia Claessens - Logistic support


Contact & links

  • Innovative Flemish In-vivo Imaging Technology (INFINITY)
    INFINITY is a pre-clinical core imaging facility of Ghent University providing multi-modality small animal imaging services.
  • Medical Imaging and Signal Processing (MEDISIP)
  • Innovative Molecular Imaging and Therapy (IMIT)
  • address: IBiTech; UZ campus Entrance 35;Corneel Heymanslaan 10; 9000 Gent