In vitro gametogenesis

Within this line of research, the 'Reproductive Medicine Research Group' focuses on the in vitro generation of germ cells. Research is always conducted under the supervision of Prof. Björn Heindryckx (PI) and Dr. Annekatrien Boel (post-doc).

Research projects

Human embryonic stem cell research

Human embryonic stem cell research involves deriving pluripotent embryonic stem cells from human embryos, optimizing the culture conditions to obtain an optimal pluripotency state, and finally in vitro differentiation of these embryonic stem cells into reproductive cells.


Development of ova from ovarian tissue

Because of fertility preservation at the start of, for example, cancer treatment, it is sometimes chosen to freeze ovarian tissue. Within this research project it is determined, both in mouse and human, whether it is possible to develop functional and qualitative ova from this ovarian tissue in vitro, starting from immature follicles.




  • Björn Heindryckx, principal investigator

+32 9 332 47 48

  • Annekatrien Boel, postdoctoral researcher

+32 9 332 52 76