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Joris has over 15 years of experience in academic research and is specialized in the fundamental and translational aspects of human immunology. He started his career as a postdoctoral fellow at the Maastricht University Medical Center developing cellular immunotherapy for cancer. Later he managed several diagnostic programs in the clinic, including kidney transplantation, autoimmunity, immune deficiencies and hematological malignancies. Joris currently provides strategic R&D services to various biotech companies, including Beta-cell. Joris holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Hasselt University and a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the Catholic University of Leuven. He completed his training as a Medical Immunologist at the Maastricht University Medical Center. During this medical training he performed residencies in transplantation immunology at the UCLA in Los Angeles and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer research center in Seattle