The VIB Protein Core is headed by Jurgen Haustraete since the 1th of November 2008. He is an expert in protein expression, production, purification, conjugation and analytics. He started his career as chemical engineer in 1998 in one of the first biotech companies in Flanders, Innogenetics. He worked there in the research protein purification unit. In 2000, he moved to the department of biochemistry and physical pharmacy of the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, and in 2004 to the department of molecular biology of the faculty of sciences where the Protein Core was housed. Initially, he worked as an expert and now he is the group leader of the Protein Core.