Associate Professor - Lab director
Christian Vanhove graduated as a Biomedical and Clinical Engineer from Brussels University in 1990. From 1991 until 1996, he worked as a Medical Physicist at the Nuclear Medicine department of the Sint-Elisabeth hospital in Zottegem, where he was doing research and developments for the industry in a clinical environment. Research and developments were focused on all aspects of medical image processing, including image reconstruction, image registration and image quantification. In 1996, he moved to the Nuclear Medicine department of the Brussels University Hospital. As a Medical Physicist Expert he continued his research in the field of medical image processing and obtained his PhD in Medical Science in 2004. During his PhD, a new algorithm for the automatic segmentation and quantification of gated blood pool SPECT images, in both humans and small animals, was developed and validated. In 2005, he was one of the initiators of the small animal imaging lab of Brussels University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at this preclinical imaging facility. During this period his research was focused on quantitative pinhole SPECT. Since February 2011, he joined the Medical Imaging and Signal Processing (MEDISIP) research group of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University, where he is responsible for the INnovative Flemish IN-vivo Imaging TechnologY (INFINITY) lab. This lab focuses on multimodal in-vivo imaging strategies and serves as a core facility for preclinical imaging within Ghent University. The major research domains of INFINITY are the evaluation of pathophysiology in neurological diseases, cancer and inflammation. Christian Vanhove is associate professor and lecturer in molecular imaging and translational neuroscience.