We study the biodiversity of tropical African invertebrates.
Our research focuses on:
- parasitic flatworms
- sea cucumbers.
We cover several disciplines:
- population genetics
- ecology (insect-host plant and parasite-host relationships)
- insect pest control
- parasitic diseases.
The museum’s molecular biology laboratory (Joint Experimental Molecular Unit, JEMU) is managed together with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, with which we also handle the BopCo (Barcoding of Organisms and tissues of Policy Concern) project. We are part of the Belgian Network for DNA Barcoding.
- Marc De Meyer, Head of department
Diptera, taxonomy, phylogeny, insect-plant relationships
- Mercy Ashepet
- Jef Brees
- Pablo Deschepper
- Cyril Hammoud, Parasitologist/molecular biologist
- Tine Huyse, Parasitologist/molecular biologist
host-parasite relationships, phylogeography and population genetics, invasive species, zoonoses, One Health
- Kurt Jordaens, Entomologist
Diptera, hover flies, taxonomy, phylogeny, insect-plant relationships
- Michiel Jorissen, Parasitologist/molecular biologist
Invasive species, parasite transfers
- Kenny Meganck, Molecular biologist
- Patricia Mergen , Liaison officer
Project proposal & management support, institutional representation, fundraising
- Nele Mullens
- Nathalie Smitz, Molecular biologist
DNA barcoding, phylogeography and population genetics, conservation biology
- Thibaut Vandervelden
- Massimiliano Virgilio, Taxonomist/molecular biologist
Diptera, fruit flies, molecular and ecological taxonomy, population genetics
Technical and administrative staff
- Wouter Hendrycks
We organize training courses on African fruit flies (Tephritidae) and fly pollinators.