Team

Jana Asselman

Professor

Prof. Dr. eng. Jana Asselman is the head of the Blue Growth Research Lab. She coordinates the multidisciplinary UGent research facilities located at Ostend Science Park. Her research interests include marine biotechnology, molecular and in vitro toxicology and broad human and environmental health challenges associated with the blue economy. For a more comprehensive view of her research interest and expertise, please visit the research page or her research publications.

All PhD students are supervised in collaboration with other research groups to ensure that they can work in a highly multidisciplinary research environment and have access to a wide network of senior research expertise. 

The blue growth research lab coordinates the UGent research facilities for marine and maritime research at Ostend Science Park. The research group is part of the Marine@UGent research consortium and the BLUeGhent IOF 

Postdoctoral Researchers

Eveline Diopere

Postdoc

Biotechnology - Molecular Biology

Maaike Vercauteren

Postdoc

Micro- & Nanoplastics

Vicky Pauwelyn

Postdoc

Lab Coordinator

PhD students

João Barbossa

Phd student

Sea dumped munition - in vitro toxicology & risk assessment

Miao Peng

Phd student

Micro- and nanoplastics - human health risk assessment

Simon Hernandez Lucas

Phd student

Impact of maritime infrastructure on ecosystem structure & functions

Ilias Semmouri

Phd student

Marine copepod transcriptomics - nanopore sequencing

Zixia Liu

Phd student

Sea spray aerosols - Biological & chemical composition

Emmanuel Van Acker

Phd student

Sea spray aerosols - Human health risks & benefits

Joint PhD students at other institutions

Naina Goel

Phd student

KU Leuven - Cyanbacterial stress: epigenetics & gut microbiome

Mathilde Falcou Péfol

Phd student

UAntwerp: Nanoplastics - Hazard Assessment

Guilherme Jeremias

Phd student

University of Aveiro: Epigenetic biomarkers in aquatic pollution

Yunmeng Li

Phd student

VLIZ - UAntwerp: Marine microorganisms & human health

Jenevieve Hara

Phd student

UAntwerp: Nanoplastics