Prof. Diether Lambrechts, PhD – D Lambrechts is group leader in the Vesalius Research Center (VRC) at VIB and Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium. D Lambrechts was trained as an engineer at the University of Leuven and worked under P. Carmeliet on the role of vascular endothelial growth factor in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for his PhD and postdoc until 2007. He then worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford, England, before joining VIB as an independent VIB group leader. D Lambrechts has won 3 Belgian national awards: the Karel-Lodewijk Award for Human Medicine, the Galenus Prize for Pharmacology and the AstraZeneca Award for Translational Research. The expertise of the Laboratory for translational Genetics is focused on tackling important questions in oncology by translating genome-scale data sets into clinically applicable knowledge. Investigations are based on the application of cutting-edge sequencing technologies and bioinformatics, and on the seamless integration of genomic data sets with clinical and fundamental biological information to generate novel insights and potent biomarkers for the field of oncology. Since March 2015, D Lambrechts also acts as director of the VIB Cancer Program in Leuven.