Ann Van Eeckhaut

aveeckha@vub.ac.be

02 477 47 46

Ann Van Eeckhaut obtained the degree of pharmacist in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2004 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with a thesis entitled “Chiral Separations with Cyclodextrin-Mediated Capillary Electrophoresis”. During her PhD, later as doctor-assistant and also now she is much involved in all education related issues. In October 2012 she became assistant professor in the department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Analysis, responsible for all pharmaceutical chemistry education for pharmacy students. She is vice-president of the educational board and president of the working group Curriculum. As analytical expert within the department, she is leading all bioanalytical research. Her main research interests are the development of miniaturized chromatographic methods, coupled to fluorescence, electrochemical or tandem mass spectrometric detection, for the quantification of neuropeptides and neurotransmitters in various biological samples. In addition, she has a large experience in the development and validation of analytical methods for the determination of drugs in drug products and biological samples with capillary electrophoresis, LC-UV, LC-fluorescence and LC-MS/MS. The analysis of low concentrated endogenous neurotransmitters and neuropeptides or drugs in biological samples is challenging and requires specific skills which are obtained through years of experience. She is one of the few researchers worldwide with hands-on experience in quantifying neuropeptides in microdialysis samples using nanoLC-MS/MS.  Ann is also board member of the Belgian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences and of the Belgian Society for Mass Spectrometry.

 

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Research themes

Bioanalytical Research in Neuroscience

Target-driven drug discovery approaches for refractory epilepsy