The VIB Proteomics Core (PRC), located at the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology in Ghent, Belgium, provides contemporary mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics services to academic and non-academic users.  

Francis Impens

Expert Technologist
Associate Professor UGent since 2018
VIB Group Leader since 2016
Postdoc: Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, 2012-2015
Postdoc: Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, 2010-2011
PhD: Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, 2010

Research areas

Systems biology Plant biology Medical biotechnology Structural biology

Research focus

The Proteomics Core started in 2005 as a spin-off service unit of the proteomics laboratory of Prof. Dr. Kris Gevaert. Today, it has evolved from a research-oriented facility to a service-oriented platform and has become a reference center for proteome research in Belgium and beyond.


Seven state-of-the-art orbitrap mass spectrometers coupled with nano-LC chromatography systems are available to perform LC-MS/MS analyses at the PRC. These instruments run 24/7 and can process several hundred samples/month. In addition, the PRC has a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer for targeted proteomics, as well as a MALDI-TOF MS/MS instrument.

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Research topics


To showcase the world-class scientific research of the VIB Proteomics Core Lab, you can discover their scientific papers in more detail.

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We are always on the lookout for highly motivated colleagues to join our team. If you are interested, please contact us.

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The VIB Proteomics Core can only thrive thanks to the dedication and commitment of its people, no matter what their function or seniority.

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To stay up to date in rapidly developing fields, scientists regularly interact with (international) colleagues.

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