Prof. Francis Impens


Campus Ardoyen, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 75, 9052 Ghent

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  • 2018 - present: Professor - Ghent University
  • 2016 - present: Head of the Proteomics Core - VIB-UGent Center of Medical Biotechnology
  • 2012 - 2015: Postdoc - Institut Pasteur (Paris)
  • 2010 - 2011: Postdoc - Ghent University
  • 2010: PhD - Ghent University
  • 2005: Master Biomedical Sciences - Ghent University

Fun fact

In his free time Francis plays the tenor horn in Brassband Gent.

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With increasing antibiotic resistance, bacterial infections remain an important threat to human health. To identify novel targets for therapeutic intervention our group investigates host-bacteria interactions by innovative mass spectrometry (MS)-based approaches. Using Listeria monocytogenes as an intracellular bacterial model pathogen, we focus on the analysis of ubiquitin-like protein modifications of the immune system and the MS-based identification of novel bacterial antigens. Building on these main research topics, in 2023 the group was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to investigate rare diseases triggered by infection.


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