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The Virtual Innovative Biomedical Education in Science

The key objective of the project is the development of a platform that would, in the educationally unstable times, provide students and teaching professionals with tools to maintain the high standards of practical training. It is in line with the objectives set by the European Commission in the Education and Training Program. Specifically, the VIBES will contribute to the establishment of innovative European educational and scientific partnerships to design and implement students' training with the use of high-quality standardized materials necessary for the creation of sustainable educational models embedded with curricula.

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About The Project

Project duration: 01/02/2022 – 31/01/2025
Number of partners: 5 (Beneficiary: Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie Polska, University of Foggia, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universitetet I Oslo, Haskolinn I Reykjavik)
Funding: This project is funded under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Cooperation among organizations and institutions.
Project Number: 2021-1-PL01-KA220-HED-000027611

Professional Team

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An Zwijsen

Full professor at KU Leuven and heads a team of Developmental Biologists that investigate the role of BMP signaling in development of the cardiovascular system using human cell cultures and model organisms. Dr. Zwijsen has trained 11 PhD students, 16 Master students, 7 Bachelor students and 2 Erasmus interns and an Euroscholar intern. Her team uses transgenic mouse mutants and transgenic reporter lines to investigate how BMP signaling regulates cardiovascular and lymphatic development and homeostasis and explores the implication of this pathway in disease. Dr Zwijsen is a board member of the Belgian Society for Cell and Developmental Biology, and she is also the chair of the Animal Ethics Commission of KU Leuven.

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Consiglia Pacelli

Associate Professor of Biochemistry at University of Foggia. She obtained a PhD degree in Medical Biochemistry and Biology, at University of Bari, a 4-years of postdoctoral at University of Bari and 4 years- of postdoctoral at University of Montreal (Canada).

The research activity is focused on mitochondrial bioenergetics and homeostasis under physiological and pathological conditions, mainly investigating on mitochondrial dysfunction underlying the pathogenic mechanisms in Parkinson's disease and proliferative diseases and the interplay between the clockwork machinery and mitochondrial energy metabolism using cellular and mouse model systems. 

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Ólafur E. Sigurjónsson

Professor Ólafur (Óli) E. Sigurjónsson holds a PhD in stem cell biology and immunology from the University of Oslo. He holds the roles of professor in the School of Engineering and program director in Biomedical Engineering at Reykjavik University, as well as being a clinical professor in the Department of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland. Professor Sigurjónsson is also the Director of Research and Development at the Blood Bank, Landspitali University Hospital, Iceland, and the laboratory director for the clinical hematopoietic stem cell program at the same institute. He is the former president of the Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials and is the current chair of the working group “Innovation” at the European Blood Alliance.

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Przemko Tylzanowski

Full professor of Molecular Embryology and Human Genetics at the KU Leuven and The Medical University Lublin (visiting professor). His research focuses on limb  development and hereditary skeletal malformations. His work investigates function of Wnt and BMP in these processes using developing mouse, chick and zebrafish model systems. He is a member of a Molecular Embryology and Advanced Organogenesis teaching team at both universities. He lectures Developmental Biology both at the KU Leuven (as a part of a teaching team) and at the Medical University in Lublin. He supervised over 20 Master Theses and 10 PhD theses. He was and is a member of various educational teams and supervisory committees involved in monitoring and developing academic education.

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Tula Verhalle

Obtained both a master degree in Biomedical Sciences (BMS) and an additional teaching degree at KU Leuven. In December 2019, Tula joined the KU Leuven Faculty of Medicine and the Zwijsen’s Lab as a teaching assistant. She is a teaching crew member for (1) ‘Praktische Vaardigheden – Biomedical research project’, 2nd bachelor BMS and (2) the workshops ‘Developmental Biology’, 3rd bachelor BMS. Furthermore, she supports the BMS program in various ways e.g. organizing master theses, supporting the Your Future Awaits program, alumni BMS, SID-ins … On top, Tula is project coordinator of an Innovative Digital Learning (IDL) project named ViSkiLab (Virtual Skills Lab). It’s an educational 360°-Virtual Reality app which is enrolled in the 1st bachelor of BMS in the second semester of AY 2021-2022.  Tula is a member of the Bachelor and Master Educational Steering Committee for BMS and the committee on general well-being at work, and represents AAP-BAP-OP1-OP2 for the group BMS in the Education Council KU Leuven and the Faculty council.

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The aims of this project are:



Address the common needs and priorities in the field of biomedical education resulting from limited access to laboratory infrastructure/equipment and teacher/peer-based institutional methods


Enable transformation and curricular changes by creating of an innovative online laboratory practice in biotechnology/ bioscience lab techniques


Promote knowledge transfer to digitally enhanced scientific approach


Allow learners to develop skills for professional decision-making and scientific, operational autonomy


Enhance the quality in biomedical laboratory science education and practice


Increase the capacity of cooperating participants to operate jointly at the transnational level


Open biomedical laboratory science to external learners and potential stakeholders

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