Engineering of bacteriophage-derived endolysins to treat streptococcal mammary gland infections

Vander Elst, Niels
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Veterinaire en Biowetenschappen
Interdisciplinair doctoraat
Faculteit Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen
Gezamenlijk doctoraat
KU Leuven
Niels was born on April 21st 1994 in Leuven (Belgium) and finished high school in 2012 with a focus on science and mathematics. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Ghent to start his studies in veterinary medicine at UGent. Niels was awarded his bachelor and master’s degree with the grade of magna cum laude in 2015 and 2018, respectively. During his last year as an undergraduate veterinary student, Niels focused primarily on research, while conducting his clinics in ruminant health. Niels contributed with his master thesis research to the field of breast cancer biology through the development of an innovative mouse model for the screening of anti-tumor compounds, resulting in multiple co-authored Q1 publications. In preparation to proceed with a PhD, Niels was selected for an internship at Stockholm University (Sweden) in the group of Prof. dr. Anders Nilsson, where he for the first time worked with endolysins. A few months later, Niels was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) to start his own research project at an American University.
Academische graad
Doctor in de diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. dr. Evelyne Meyer, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent - Prof. dr. Yves Briers, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, UGent - Prof. dr. Rob Lavigne, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, KULeuven

Korte beschrijving

Livestock farming is one of the major consumers of antibiotics today. This (ab)use of antibiotics is increasingly questioned by rising consumer’s awareness, resulting in new governmental policies to phase-out especially the critical antibiotics from animal agriculture. This also applies to the dairy industry that uses antibiotics to prevent and control udder infections in dairy cows


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