Catarina Cruz Vaz

CRIG member
Catarina Cruz

Doctoral fellow – Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research (LECR) – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University
Principal Investigator: prof. An Hendrix (PhD)


Research focus

Bacteria release bacterial extracellular vesicles (BEV), which are nanometer-sized membrane particles transporting nucleic acids, metabolites, proteins and endotoxins. Recently, my host lab pioneered the discovery of gut-derived BEV in the bloodstream of patients with disrupted intestinal barrier permeability, including cancer patients and HIV patients) (Tulkens et al., Gut, 2020).
During my PhD, I will explore BEV traits in human body fluids and correlate these findings with the clinical status of cancer patients.


  • 2011-2014: BSc in Biochemistry (University of Porto)
  • 2014-2016: MSc in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (University of Porto)
  • 2024-present: PhD student, Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research (Ghent University)

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