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    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    Virology, Parasitology, Immunology and Comparative physiology
    Laboratory of immunology
    Assistant professor
    Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
    My research focuses on host-pathogen interactions in the gut of livestock and companion animals. We investigate the impact of E. coli infectious diseases on the gut immune system as well as the intestinal stem cell niche and its consequences for gut function. In addition to animal models to facilitate this research, we developed small intestinal organoids in several species, including pig, cow, chicken and dog. These mini-guts will be instrumental to advance our understanding of host-pathogen interactions at gut epithelium as well as to understand the impact of infections and dietary antigens on gut epithelial stem cell biology. We use the gained insights from this research to accelerate the development of therapeutics to improve gut health. In that context, we use recombinant antibodies to deliver biologicals to the gut and developed a triscistronic vector for high throughput analysis of high-producer CHO clones.

Bert Devriendt is an assistant professor at the laboratory of Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on host-pathogen interactions in the gut and the delivery of therapeutics to the gut tissues. His group develops gut organoids to facilitate this research.

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