Mouse Genetics in Inflammation

​The main goal of our research is to contribute to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that are involved in the progression of sepsis.

Claude Libert

Group Leader
Full Professor Ghent University since 2012
VIB Group leader since 1997
Postdoc: Instituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare, Rome, Italy 1994-1995
PhD: Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, 1993

Research areas

Immunology & inflammation Cancer Biology Human diseases Computational biology Microbiology

Model organisms

Research Focus

​The main goal of our research is to contribute to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that are involved in the progression of sepsis.

Sepsis is a most deadly disease that is initiated by a (bacterial) infection and leads to a severe host response. It hits 49 million people yearly, 11 million of which die (a big fraction being children). The savage, acute and complex nature of sepsis has caused much confusion as to the most relevant molecular mechanisms involved. Since many clinical trials for sepsis have failed, the classical belief that sepsis is primarily inflammatory in nature is under pressure. In our group, we focus our attention on metabolic reprogramming in sepsis, which we think follows a pattern that is compatible with an extremely acute starvation response, but which fails due to the inhibition of the function of several important transcription factors, such as the Glucocorticoid Receptor and PPARa and HNF4a. The molecular pathways that undermine these factors form a central theme in our research.
 

Publications

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Jobs

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Team

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Events

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