Karen Van Hoorelbeke

Karen Vanhoorelbeke, PhD, is professor at the University of Leuven, Campus Kulak in Kortrijk, Belgium where she is principle investigator at the Laboratory for Thrombosis Research and chairman of the Research Facility.

Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms by which the hemostatic proteins van Willebrand factor (VWF) and its cleaving enzyme ADAMTS13 contribute to health and disease. Her group performs fundamental research to understand the role of VWF and ADAMTS13 in hemostasis, bleeding and thrombosis and to unravel their mode-of-action. These findings form the basis for translational research lines where preclinical animal models are established to study disease pathology and new treatment strategies. Her research is embedded in several national and international research projects. She is author and coauthor of more than 96 scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals.