Hilde Van de Velde (born 1963-09-30) is professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy since 2010, she teaches "Fertilisation, embryogenesis and implantation in the human". She studied Biology (Botany) at the VUB where she obtained the degree of Master in Science at the Faculty of Sciences in 1985. At the same university she also obtained the degree of Master in Medical and Pharmaceutical Research (Immunology) at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy in 1989. Finally she obtained the degree of PhD in Medical Sciences (Immunology) at the same Faculty in 1995. She works as a clinical embryologist in the Centre for Reproductive Medicine (UZ Brussel) since 1996. She is also the coordinator for fundamental, translational and clinical research in the IVF laboratory since 2009. She is particularly interested in totipotency and early differentiation in human embryonic cells on the one hand and in the communication between the human embryo and the endometrium during implantation on the other hand. This work on human embryos is unique since this type of research is limited because of the scarcity of human materials (in particular oocytes and embryos) and ethical/legal restrictions. She has obtained several internal (UZ Brussel) and external grants (FWO, IWT) to exert her research. At this moment she is supervising the work of nine PhD students. She has (co-)authored more than 60 peer reviewed papers in the domain of human reproduction and stem cell biology. She has been invited to present her work at several national and international congresses. She is member of the Federal Committee for research on human embryos in vitro.
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