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Dr. Iwijn De Vlaminck joined the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University in 2015. His research at Cornell focuses on the development of precision medicine technologies for the monitoring of infectious diseases and immune related complications. De Vlaminck received postdoctoral training in the labs of Stephen Quake at Stanford University and Cees Dekker at the TUDelft. He obtained a PhD in Science and Engineering from the KULeuven in Belgium. He was awarded the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and the Robert ’55 and Vanne ’57 Cowie Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017 and the Robert Noyce Assistant Professorship in 2015.
Prof. De Vlaminck’s research focuses on the development of molecular analysis technologies for microbiology and immunology and the application of these technologies in the monitoring of infectious diseases and immune-related complications. His research is highly interdisciplinary in nature, and requires innovation in genomics, computational biology and molecular engineering.
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- Alexandre Pellan Cheng, Matthew Pellan Cheng, Wei Gu, Joan Sesing Lenz, Elaine Hsu, Erwin Schurr, Guillaume Bourque, Mathieu Bourgey, Jerome Ritz, Francisco Marty, Charles Y. Chiu, Donald Cuong Vinh, Iwijn De Vlaminck. "Cell-Free DNA Tissues-of-Origin by Methylation Profiling Reveals Significant Cell, Tissue and Organ-Specific injury related to COVID-19 Severity." In press (Cell Med), preprint (2021).
- Hao Shi, Qiaojuan Shi, Benjamin Grodner, Joan Sesing Lenz, Warren Zipfel, Ilana Brito, Iwijn De Vlaminck. "Highly Multiplexed Spatial Mapping of Microbial Communities." Nature (2020).
- Alexandre Pellan Cheng, Philip Burnham, John Richard Lee, Matthew Pellan Cheng, Manikkam Suthanthiran, Darshana Dadhania, Iwijn De Vlaminck. "A cell-free DNA metagenomic sequencing assay that integrates the damage response to infection." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019).
- Mridusmita Saikia*, Philip Burnham*, Sara H. Keshavjee, Michael F. Z. Wang, Pablo Moral-Lopez, Meleana M. Hinchman, Charles G. Danko, John S. L. Parker, Iwijn De Vlaminck. "Simultaneous multiplexed amplicon sequencing and transcriptome profiling in single cells." Nature Methods (2019).
- Philip Burnham, Darshana Dadhania, Michael Heyang, Fanny Chen, Manikkam Suthanthiran, John Richard Lee*, Iwijn De Vlaminck.* "Urinary cell-free DNA is a versatile analyte for monitoring infections of the urinary tract." Nature Communications (2018).
Selected Awards and Honors
- 2020 Research Excellence Award Cornell College of Engineering
- 2019 Rainin Foundation Synergy Award
- 2019 Inspiring mentor Merrill Scholars program, Cornell University
- 2017 Robert ’55 and Vanne ’57 Cowie Excellence in Teaching Award
- 2017 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
- 2015 Robert N. Noyce Assistant Professorship in Life Science and Technology, selected by Provost
- B.S. (Electronic Engineering), K.U. Leuven, 2000
- M.S. (Electronic Engineering), K.U. Leuven, 2003
- Ph.D. (Science and Engineering), K.U. Leuven, 2008