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Kaat Schroven

Kaat Schroven

  • Life Sciences
  • Trainee Patent Attorney

After her education in Bioscience Engineering with a major in cellular and genetic engineering, Kaat started her PhD at the Lab of Gene Technology (KU Leuven). During her PhD project, she investigated the potential of bacteriophage-derived proteins as anti-virulence compounds.

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Kaat is specialized in among others microbiology, genome technology and synthetic biology.


  • PhD in Bioscience engineering – KU Leuven (2019-2023)
  • MSc in Bioscience engineering, cellular and genetic engineering  – KU Leuven (2017-2019)
  • BSc in Bioscience engineering – KU Leuven (2014-2017)


  • Lammens E-M, Volke DC, Schroven K, Voet M, Kerremans A, Lavigne R, Hendrix H. A SEVA-based, CRISPR-Cas3-assisted genome engineering approach for Pseudomonas with efficient vector curing. Microbiol Spectr. 2023 Dec 12;11(6):e0270723. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.02707-23. Epub 2023 Nov 17. PMID: 37975669; PMCID: PMC10715078.
  • Schroven K, Putzeys L, Kerremans A, Ceyssens P-J, Vallino M, Paeshuyse J, Haque F, Yusuf A, Koch MD, Lavigne R. The phage-encoded PIT4 protein affects multiple two-component systems of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Microbiol Spectr. 2023 Dec 12;11(6):e0237223. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.02372-23. Epub 2023 Nov 14. PMID: 37962408; PMCID: PMC10714779.
  • Schroven K, Putzeys L, Swinnen AL, Hendrix H, Paeshuyse J, Lavigne R. The phage-encoded protein PIT2 impacts Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum sensing by direct interaction with LasR. iScience. 2023 Aug 26;26(10):107745. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.107745. PMID: 37736037; PMCID: PMC10509696.
  • Van Nieuwenhuyse, B., Van der Linden, D., Chatzis, O., Lood, C., Wagemans J., Lavigne R., Schroven K., Paeshuyse J., de Magnée C., Sokal, E., Stéphenne, X., Scheers, I., Rodriguez-Villalobos, H., Djebara, S., Merabishvili, M., Soentjes, ., Pirnay, JP. Bacteriophage-antibiotic combination therapy against extensively drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection to allow liver transplantation in a toddler. Nat Commun 13, 5725 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-33294-w
  • Schroven K., Aertsen, A., Lavigne, R. Bacteriophages as drivers of bacterial virulence and their potential for biotechnological exploitation, FEMS Microbiology Reviews, Volume 45, Issue 1, January 2021, fuaa041, https://doi.org/10.1093/femsre/fuaa041


  • Dutch (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • French (basic)

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