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Cell Biology and Histology Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The Department of Cell Biology (CYTO-VUB) is specialized in molecular and cellular liver research, with a main focus on the (patho)biology of hepatic stellate cells and liver progenitor cells. Prof. A. Geerts contributed to the first paper on isolation, purification and culturing of hepatic stellate cells (1) and is the author of a side scatter activated cell sorting method to purify freshly isolated hepatic stellate cell up to 95 - 100% (2). ...

Beta Cell Neogenesis Vrije Universiteit Brussel


A decreased beta cell mass or the incapability of the beta cell mass to compensate for increased insulin needs, results in an absolute or relative deficiency of insulin defining type I and type II diabetes, respectively. Our research group aims to compensate the reduced beta cell mass in diabetes by transplantation or in situ differentiation and expansion of beta- and pre-beta cells. We therefore investigate mechanisms to generate new, fully ...

Liver Cell Biology Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The academic staff of the Liver Cell Biology Lab (LIVR) is formed by Prof. Leo van Grunsven (Head of LIVR) and Prof. Hendrik Reynaert (Head of Gastroenterology Department at the UZ Brussel hospital).

In general, research projects at LIVR aim to better characterize the different liver cell types in healthy and pathological conditions, and to gain a better insight in the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis and the mechanisms of liver ...