Meet the members of Tom Taghon’s T cell Team.

Prof. Dr. Tom Taghon
Principal Investigator

Prof. dr. Tom Taghon has been leading the Taghon Lab independently since 2012. As principal investigator, his ambitions are to drive the research of human thymocyte development, and to pioneer the study of T lymphocytes in health and disease. 

Dr. Kai Ling Liang

Kai researches the function of GATA3 in normal and malignant T cell development.

Dr. Nicole Oatman
Nicole aims to gain a deeper understanding of the role of GATA3 misexpression in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. 
Dr. Lena Böhme

Lena studies the development of αβ and γδ T cells using single cell approaches.

Tamara De Vos
PhD Student

Tamara is interested in the involvement of HES genes in T cell development and malignancies.

Nina Lambrechts
PhD Student

Nina wants to unravel the function of GATA3 during T cell development.

Jolien Van Hulle
PhD Student

Jolien studies αβ vs γδ T cell development at the single cell level.

Daniel Nagy
PhD Student

Daniel's research focuses on the earliest precursor cells which enter the human thymus.

Imke Velghe
Lab technician

Imke is the lab technician that mainly helps in culturing human pluripotent stem cells to study hematopoiesis and T cell development.

Yana Van Droogenbroeck
Lab technician
Tom Putteman

Tom supports the team by providing bioinformatics expertise in the analysis of both bulk and single cell sequencing data.

Dr. Steven Strubbe
PhD Student - Alumni

Steven's research focuses on the development of novel models to study human hematopoisesis to help better understand genetic immunodeficiencies.

Dr. Marieke Lavaert
PhD Student - Alumni

Marieke engages to help the understanding of human T cell specification and commitment.

Dr. Juliette Roels
PhD Student - Alumni

Juliette studies the molecular mechanisms controlling human alpha-beta and gamma-delta T cell bifurcation.

Dr. Matthias De Decker
PhD Student - Alumni

Matthias studies HES genes in normal and malignant T cell development.

Dr. Anne-Catherine Dolens
PhD Student - Alumni

Anne-Catherine uses human pluripotent stem cells to study notch signalling in normal and malignant T cell development.

Dr. Anna Kuchmiy
Postdoc - Alumni

Anna studies the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms controlling normal and malignant T cell development.

Dr. Inge Van De Walle
Postdoc - Alumni

Inge was a member of the lab from 2002 until 2016, first as technician, then as PhD student and eventually as post doctoral researcher. During these years, Inge focused on the elucidation of Notch activation during human T cell development.

Dr. Katrien De Mulder
Postdoc - Alumni

During her postdoc in our lab from 2011 until 2016, Katrien optimised the gene-editing of human embryonic stem cells to study human hematopoeiesis.

Dr. Els Waegemans
PhD Student - Alumni

Els studied the role of Notch3 at discrete developmental stages of human T cell development during her PhD in our lab.