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Research interests

Environmental toxicology,  electron microscopy, cryofixation, cryosubstitution, Energy-Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), High-angle annular dark-field imaging (HAADF), stem cells, flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea, heavy metals, nanoparticles & microplastics.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Hasselt University

1 Jan 20031 Jan 2007

External positions

Researcher, Hasselt University

1 Jan 2007 → …

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Toxicity Chemical Compounds
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Seafood Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2019

In vivo Toxicity Assessment of Silver Nanoparticles in Homeostatic versus Regenerating Planarians

Leynen, N., Van Belleghem, F. G. A. J., Wouters, A., Bove, H., Ploem, J-P., Thijssen, E., Langie, S. A. S., Carleer, R., Ameloot, M., Artois, T. & Smeets, K., 21 Apr 2019, In : Nanotoxicology. 13, 4, p. 476-491 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Stem cells

Microplastics in coastal areas and seafood: implications for food safety

Hantoro, I., Löhr, A. J., Van Belleghem, F. G. A. J., Widianarko, B. & Ragas, A. M. J., 2019, In : Food Additives and Contaminants Part A-Chemistry Analysis Control Exposure& Risk Assessment. 36, 5, p. 674-711 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Food safety
Food Safety
food safety

Assessing the biocompatibility of silver nanoparticles with Schmidtea mediterranea, a stem cell model organism

Leynen, N., Van Belleghem, F., Artois, T. & Smeets, K., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

Open Access
Stem Cells

Improving transparency, consistency and efficiency of ecotoxicological teaching: development of an open online textbook Environmental Toxicology

Van Belleghem, F. G. A. J., 2018, ABSTRACT BOOK SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting: Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality. Brussels: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe (SETAC Europe), p. 502-502 1 p. WEPC14

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Abstract/Poster in proceedingAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
goal attainment

Plastic pollution in Indonesia and possible risks to coastal sea food species and human health

Hantoro, I., Löhr, A. J., Ragas, A., Widianarko, B. & Van Belleghem, F. G. A. J., 8 Nov 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

Open Access


Lecturer of the year (Faculty of Science)

Frank Van Belleghem (Recipient), 3 Nov 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)Professional


NBV Hissink price

Frank Van Belleghem (Recipient), 4 Nov 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)Academic


Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Participating in OR organising an event
  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

The first QUASIMEME/NORMAN Workshop on Analysis of Microplastics

Frank Van Belleghem (Participant / Attendee), Inneke Hantoro (Participant / Attendee)
27 Nov 201828 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in OR organising an eventAcademic


Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

Ansje Löhr (Visiting researcher), Inneke Hantoro (Visiting researcher), F.G.A.J. Van Belleghem (Visiting researcher)
5 Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionAcademic

Workshop on Marine Litter Pollution at the Clingendael Institute

Ansje Löhr (Speaker), F.G.A.J. Van Belleghem (Speaker)
17 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkAcademic

PhD Program in Environmental Science

Frank Van Belleghem (Organiser), Ansje Löhr (Organiser), Budi Widianarko (Organiser), Andreas Lako (Organiser)
24 Aug 201825 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in OR organising an eventAcademic