Early messengers in the blood alert us to lung cancer


About the research

Anyone who has ever looked for Waldo knows how hard he is to find. In her research on lung cancer, Rebekka Van Hoof (Uhasselt - KU Leuven - VITO) faces a similar task: she is searching within more than 100,000 so-called extracellular vesicles for 2 types -say 'Waldos'- that can help detect the disease early. But she is determined to narrow her search field. How? Watch her explain it in this video. 

Rebekka Van Hoof
KU Leuven - UHasselt - VITO

From a deep interest in molecular mechanisms that are responsible for pathological conditions, Rebekka Van hoof chose to study biochemistry and biotechnology at the KU Leuven. During her PhD she will investigate the role that small particles in our body—called extracellular vesicles—play in the development of lung cancer. More importantly, how we can use them to detect the disease earlier and thus treat it more efficiently!

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