Early-stage disease prediction & diagnosis - the work of new faculty member Asst. Prof. Katrien Vandoorne
“My goal is to build novel imaging tools that can visualize the complex biology of inflammation,” says Assistant Professor Katrien Vandoorne, head of the In-Vivo Multimodality Imaging Lab. “Using non-invasive tests to understand the pathological changes that occur in cardiovascular disease and cancer development may give rise to new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches”.
Prof. Vandoorne studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Ghent (Belgium), and completed her doctoral research at the Weizmann Institute of Science. She was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, and an assistant professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands). She joined the Technion Faculty of Biomedical Engineering in 2020, and heads a lab that combines biology, medicine, engineering, and image processing tools.
Recently Prof. Vandoorne’s lab has received a novel PET/SPECT/CT/OI scanner, the first of its kind in Israel. This new instrument, which combines PET, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), CT, and optical imaging (OI) like fluorescence and bioluminescence all in one, will significantly advance her unique research.