University of Lausanne
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Ruud B. van Heeswijk is a lecturer (maître assistant) in the CVMR at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), in Switzerland. His research focuses on cardiovascular tissue characterization with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in collaboration with biologists, physicists and clinicians.
Dr. van Heeswijk has been involved in a wide range of MR-related research: he started his MR journey with an internship on phosphor spectroscopy in Eindhoven, did stem cell imaging at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and contrast agent development in Eindhoven again. He then moved to Switzerland, where he worked on DNP hyperpolarization together with carbon-13 spectroscopy at the EPFL, before finding his true love in cardiovascular imaging at the CHUV. Here, he mainly focuses on preclinical and translational cardiovascular tissue characterization through techniques such as fluorine-19 MRI and parameter mapping, which led to the prestigious Pfizer Research Prize and for which he has secured extramural funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation, as well as from several public and private foundations. These grants now support his own independent research group, which has a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations and daily interactions with medical professionals interested in MR.
Currently a postdoctoral fellow at SCAU and CAS, China. The main interests of my research pertain the roles of venom compounds in fire ant biology. I have analyzed differences in venom composition among nominal and cryptical species, and devised methods for obtaining arthropod venoms in gram amounts. My present objective is to investigate the biological roles of fire ant venom compounds.
I am interested in understanding the mechanisms regulating reproduction and behavior in insect societies. During my PhD at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, I studied how genes and physiology affect the caste fate of the female offspring (fertile queen or sterile worker) and regulate the behavior of workers in ant colonies. As a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller and Lausanne universities, I have investigated whether epigenetic modifications regulate reproduction and behavior in the parthenogenetic ant Cerapachys biroi. Now an assistant professor / group leader at the University of Mainz (Germany), I use different approaches to study the genetic, genomic, epigenetic, behavioral and physiological mechanisms involved in the alternative production of queens and workers, the division of labor among workers, and more generally the regulation of reproduction, nutrition and behavior in several species of ants.