Lab members

Principal Investigator

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Kathlyn Laval, Ph.D
Research interests: Neurovirology, pathogenesis, immunology, neurodegeneration, animal models
Interests: Running, yoga, nature, travel, raising a borzoi

Graduate students

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Ya Gao
Research interests: Herpes simplex virus pathogenesis
Interests: Travel, movies, cats

Xixi Kang
Research interests: Neurovirology, glia cell activation
Interests: Dog, food, swimming, cleaning

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Ahmad Mahmoudikouhi
Research interests: Neurovirology, immunovirology, herpes simplex virus pathogenesis
Interests: Painting, basketball, walking, nature

Waqar Zaib
Research interests: PHEV pathogenesis, neuroinflammation, public health

Interests: Cricket, walking, cultural exploring, traveling, and Subject related Professional Guidance

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Sofía González Hernández
Research interests: HSV1 pathogenesis, neuroinflammation, epigenetics, Alzheimer’s disease
Interests: Swimming, painting, cooking

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Joren Portaels
Research interests: Viral pathogenesis, immunology, animal health and public health
Interests: Nature, hiking, traveling, animals

Undergraduate students

Camille Kaviani
Research interests: PHEV pathogenesis, neuroinflammation, one health
Interests: Horse riding, running, travel

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Celeste Hilhorst
Research interests: The pathogenesis of Canine Distemper Virus, Multiple Sclerosis disease
Interests: Hiking with my dogs, cooking, animals and bouldering
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Febe Lippens
Research interests: HSV1 pathogenesis, Alzheimer’s disease
Interests: Acrobatic gymnastics, reading, traveling and trying escape rooms with friends

Administrative and technical staff


Gert Verdonck, financial administration


Joridan Rombaut, Animal caretaker mouse facility

Interests: Nature, travelling, fitness and mma, science and animals

Ann Machtelinckx

The Laval lab is currently looking for talented and motivated post-doctoral, PhD candidates, lab technicians and animal caretakers to join the team (See vacancies page).

Alumni students

Laetitia Desmars (2022-2023