Staff & Location

The Electron Microscopy expertise unit is a multi-user service facility that provides ultra-structural services and technology for researchers at the Department of Neurosciences as well as for external research groups or companies.

Dr. Natalia Gunko

Head of EM Platform - Expert technologist

Tel: (+32) 016/37.45.64

Dr. Natalia Gunko holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and worked at the University of California (San Diego, USA), the Scripps Research Institute (USA) and the IMB-IMCB A-STAR (Singapore). Dr. Gunko has been the Head of the Electron Microscopy Platform since 2015.


Dr. Ir. Pieter Baatsen

Staff Scientist

Tel: (+32) 470 34 41 27

Dr. Pieter Baatsen holds a PhD in Bioengineering (biomedical) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). He has worked at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Brussels, Belgium) and has been staff scientist at the Electron Microscopy Platform since 2008.



Ir. Katlijn Vints

Technical Staff

Tel: (+32) 016/37.78.62

Katlijn Vints joined the Electron Microscopy Platform in 2014. In 2013 she graduated from the University of Leuven with a Master's degree in Bioengineering with a specialization in cell and gene technology. Her main expertise is correlative light and electron microscopy, 3D-SEM.



Dorien Vandael

PhD Student

Tel: (+32) 016/37.79.92

Dorien Vandael graduated from the University of Hasselt and joined the Electron Microscopy Platform in January 2017. She is doing research on molecular and structural changes of brain in stress dependent mental disorders.




O&N4 - 7th floor (room 07.406 and 07.016)

Herestraat 49 - box 602

3000 Leuven, Belgium

From the railway station of Leuven several busses are passing by Gasthuisberg (approximately 4 km – 20 min.). All the busses on platform 2 as well as bus 600 on platform 12 are stopping at the front entrance of the hospital. Once in the hospital follow the bordeaux arrows (5–10 min.). At the end of the way you can take the elevator to the 4th floor. When you exit the elevator, turn left and follow the signs listing "Toegang Onderwijs & Navorsing 4 (O&N4)". When you enter the O&N4 building, walk straight ahead until you reach the main entrance hall. From there take the elevators to the 7th floor. Find room 07.016, where we can be found.

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