ORGANISATION

We are located in the Science Park of Ghent University in Ostend (Belgium) and consist of a highly structured, specialized and committed team.

Organigram

Personnel

The Stress Physiology Research Group consists of personnel working on a long-term basis across projects as well as of personnel working on a specific project, where applicable, in collaboration with one or more scientific partners, for a well-defined period of time.

On a long-term basis across projects

Head Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: Prof. Dr. Johan Aerts
Responsibilities: Overall scientific and administrative management

Management Assistant Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: Ms. Karolien De Vos
Responsibilities: Overall administrative and logistics support

Post-doc Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: Current job vacancy
Responsibilities: Overall scientific support

Experimental Manager Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: MSc. Jozefien Demuynck
Responsibilities: Overall experimental support

Fish Caretaker Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: BSc. Sarah Trypsteen
Responsibilities: Overall experimental support

Lab Technician Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: BSc. Jana Hennebert
Responsibilities: Overall analytical support

Lab Technician Stress Physiology Research Group

Name: BSc. Marine Vanhomwegen
Responsibilities: Overall analytical support

On specific projects for a predefined period of time

Topic: Improving our understanding of the impact of anthropogenic activities on the health status of vertebrates in the wild

Name: MSc. Maaike Vercauteren
Type: PhD student
Research: Causes and impact of skin ulcers in flatfish in the North sea
Co-Promotors: Prof. dr. Koen Chiers and Prof. dr. Annemie Decostere
Co-Affiliation: Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium

Topic: Improving sustainability and animal welfare in aquaculture

Name: MSc. Inken Hanke
Type: PhD student
Research: Ecophysiology of selected aquaculture species in Indonesia and the Philippines
Co-Promotors: Dr. Astrid Gärdes, Dr. Andreas Kunzmann
Co-Affiliation: Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Germany.

Name: MSc. Lina Weirup
Type: PhD student
Research: Development of an evaluation index for the practical assessment of trout welfare aspects
Co-Promotors: Prof. dr. Carsten Schulz
Co-Affiliation: Gesellschaft für Marine Aquakultur mbH (GMA)

Topic: Improving sustainability and animal welfare in husbandry

Name: BSc. Désirée Maryns
Type: Lab Technician
Research: Optimization of the welfare of small ruminants used for human therapy, education, and recreation
Co-Promotors: Dr. Godelieve Meulemans, Dr. Bonnie Valgaeren
Co-Affiliation: HoGent – Nature and Food Sciences

Topic: Feed as stressor focusing on fish feed constituents

Name: MSc. Jessica Petereit
Type: PhD Student
Research: Effects of alternative feed ingredients on juvenile sea bream and turbot to test health, welfare, stress physiology, quality, and performance in controlled recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS)
Co-Promotor: Prof. dr. Bela Buck
Co-Affiliation: Alfred-Wegener Institute and Bremen University, Germany

Topic: Glucocorticoid-mediated developmental programming and early life stress

Name: MSc. Patricia Pereira
Type: PhD Student
Research: The influence of (chronic) elevated levels of endogenous and exogenous glucocorticoids on the (re)activity of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Interrenal axis using carp (Cyprinus carpio) as a model: expression of key genes and UPLC-MS/MS quantification of a full glucocorticoid profile from egg to adult fish
Co-Promotor: Prof. dr. Dominique Adriaens
Co-Affiliation: None