Harvard-MIT Belgian Society – Board Members

linkedin Harvard-affiliated President
Korneel Grauwet, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow at MGH Cancer Research Center & Harvard Medical School
Korneel investigates and develops novel cellular immunotherapies for various cancers – with a special interest for solid tumors. Vastly experienced in research on the immune system, a significant part of his research revolves around improving existing immunotherapies by fine-tuning the therapy to the patient’s immune system. Even after 4 years in Boston, Korneel, who is born and raised in Bruges, still imports Jupiler by Fedex.
linkedin Jeroen Audenaert

Visiting PhD Researcher at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research
Jeroen is a PhD Researcher at KU Leuven and a visiting PhD Researcher at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research. Jeroen is working at the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) team at MIT to further develop the machine learning framework to classify the millions of stars observed by the NASA TESS space mission according to their physical characteristics. This will ultimately allow us to discover new physical relations and improve modern astrophyiscal theories.
linkedin David Bergemann, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MGH Cardiovascular Research Center & Harvard Medical School
David is a post-doctoral researcher in the González-Rosa lab where his research is focused on unraveling the mechanisms of cardiac regeneration in zebrafish. His interest in regenerative biology and the zebrafish model started during his master thesis and grew even stronger during his PhD, which he both obtained at the University of Liège. David switched from pancreatic beta cell regeneration to heart regeneration, but still sticks to the amazing science that can be done with the zebrafish. Photography, music, sporty activities and dinners with friends are his favorites and some like to call him the “king of guacamole”.
linkedin Koen Breyne, PhD

Instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School
Koen’s affection for molecular biology sprouted during his time at the University of Ghent. After obtaining his PhD degree, he moved to The University of Chicago in 2017 where he engaged in novel imaging techniques allowing visualization of nanoscale structures. This research laid the groundwork for his work in Boston, where he explored ways to augment naturally occurring nanobiologics as a viable alternative for delivery of CRISPR-Cas molecules by viral vectors. At this point in his career as junior faculty at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, he’s addressing key bottlenecks in current therapeutic interventions for glioblastoma, hereditary neurological and infectious diseases. Outside the lab, Koen loves to explore the outdoors and has a passion for rock climbing.
linkedin Nathalie Callaert, PharmD

Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Beth Israel Lahey Health
Nathalie is a Belgian native residing in the US since 2017. She completed a clinical pharmacist internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and obtained Massachusetts Pharmacist Licensure. Not only is Boston a rewarding environment to work in as a Clinical Pharmacist but Boston also offers a variety of cultures and yummie food. Nathalie loves to go on hiking trips upstate, she adores Labradoodles and in summertime she often goes for a stroll on Revere Beach in the evening.
linkedin Eveline Goethals, PhD

Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Since 2020, Eveline is a Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after completing two years as a senior postdoctoral research fellow at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School. Prior to obtaining her PhD-degree at KU Leuven in 2017, Eveline worked as a clinical psychologist and family therapist at the University Hospital Leuven in Belgium. She was subsequently awarded with scholarships by the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) and the Iacocca Family Foundation to complete her postdoctoral research. Eveline’s main research interest is chronic illness within the family. At present she is focusing on motivation, executive functioning, and the role of parent and provider communication in youth with type 1 diabetes. Eveline is a passionate traveler, an avid practitioner of yoga, and she meditates daily. She is also a foodie who likes to cook.
linkedin Maxime Van Cauter

Scientific Liaison Officer – USA at Wallonie-Bruxelles International
Maxime serves as Science & Innovation Advisor for Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI). He is responsible for implementing transatlantic initiatives in research and innovation as well as identifying co-investment partners for the advancement of collaborative research projects. Maxime also promotes adequate funding for researchers’ international mobility. Maxime is passionate about global cooperation and is a founder of the non-profit ‘gototogo.org’ that supports education programs for young girls in Lomé, Togo. On top of that, he likes vintage automobiles, all-things-design, Belgian graphic novels and is a constant reader of J.R.R. Tolkien.
linkedin Wouter Van de Pontseele, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wouter’s research seeks to resolve a mystery considering neutrinos. Neutrinos are extremely light fundamental particles. Neutrinos come in three types and one of the strangest aspects of neutrinos is that they don’t pick just one flavour and stick to it. They oscillate between all three. Wouter is a member of a big experiment near Chicago that uses cold gases, ultra-sensitive cameras and machine learning to investigate these elusive particles.

Harvard-MIT Belgian Society – Board Members Alumni

linkedin Benjamin Gorissen, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Benjamin is a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard SEAS where his research is focused on harnessing structural nonlinearities to create soft robots that are morphologically intelligent. Or in other words, he plays with balloons and origami to make robots. He has obtained a PhD in mechanical engineering from KULeuven, and studied at the university of living in Houthalen. Further he likes to throw parties for friends and is always interested in a night of board games. Also legend has it that he can cook minute rice in 58 seconds.
linkedin Alexandra Bacquelaine Veloso, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow at MGH & Harvard Medical School
Alexandra is a post-doctoral fellow, with a Masters in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology and a PhD from the University of Liège in Belgium, studying the functions of three members of the SoHo involved in zebrafish angiogenesis. In the Langenau Lab, Alexandra works to generate novel B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) models in zebrafish and characterize their clonal evolution and cell of origin. Outside of lab, Alexandra enjoys the Marvel Cinematic Universe, running, and is hopelessly addicted to coffee and Belgian beer.
linkedin Quentin Wellens

Student at MIT
Quentin is a Belgian MIT undergrad student, obtaining his Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
linkedin Frederic Acke, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear & Harvard Medical School
Frederic is a postdoctoral research fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School. He is an ENT specialist and obtained his PhD about genetic hearing loss at Ghent University. During his fellowship in Boston, he is studying gene therapy for hearing loss. Aside from his interest in ears, he likes running and traveling and is a wine enthusiast.
linkedin Adrien Scheuer, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Adrien is a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Mathematics and Earth Resources Laboratory. He obtained his Ph.D in 2018 jointly from UCLouvain, Belgium and Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France. Before that, he completed his engineering degree in applied mathematics at UCLouvain, Belgium. His research interests lie in the area of computational mechanics, multi-scale modeling and scientific computing. Outside the lab, he is an amateur cellist and enjoys travelling.
linkedin Florence Vermeire, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Florence mainly focusses on predicting chemical properties important for pharmaceutical discovery with the aid of machine learning. Another part of her post-doctoral research concerns gas-phase kinetics and combustion of biofuels.She received her diploma and Ph.D degree in Chemical Engineering from Ghent University. In her free time, she likes to swim, play volleyball, hang out with friends and enjoy a Belgian beer.
linkedin Arvid Viaene, PhD

Associate at Analysis Group
Arvid specializes in applying microeconomics, econometrics, and statistical methods to litigation and strategy assignments.