Ann Massie is Associate Professor and Head of the group MICH (Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Molecular Biolog)
Ann Massie is associate professor and head of the department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Molecular Biology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is teaching ‘immunology’ and ‘pharmaceutical biotechnology’.
As biologist, she obtained her PhD in Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2003. During her PhD, she developed a strong interest in glutamate transporters and their functioning in the central nervous system. As such, as a post-doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, she started to investigate the involvement of these transporters in neurological disorders. Whereas her research initially covered all families of glutamate transporters, her team now mainly focuses on the cystine/glutamate antiporter system xc- in Parkinson’s disease, (neuro)inflammation and (healthy) ageing, as well as several other disease models in collaboration with both internal and external collaborators.
Since 2012, she is Board member of the Belgian Society for Neuroscience.