Organ transplants: life-saving, yet sometimes lethal


About the research

Imagine that one of your organs suddenly fails. You become seriously ill, but luckily an organ donor can be found. A transplant brings salvation. At least, that is what it seems. But unfortunately, things can still go wrong. Did you know for instance that patients have a considerable risk of developing cancer after a transplant? Well, that's exactly what Nena Testelmans (KU Leuven) is investigating.

Nena Testelmans
KU Leuven - VIB

Nena Testelmans graduated in 2017 at the KU Leuven with a thesis research in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Leukaemia. This was her first introduction into haematological oncology and she immediately knew she wanted to be a researcher in that field. When she graduated in June 2017 as a biochemist & biotechnologist, she had the opportunity to start her doctorate in the VIB-KU Leuven's laboratory of Experimental Haematology. Her research about rare Lyme gland diseases is still in its early stages, but she is already enthusiastic about the course of events so far.

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