Since August 1, 2002: Professor of Physiology at the University of Luxembourg
January 2012 – January 2017: Vice-President, University of Luxembourg
Since 2016: member of the Management committee of the Luxembourg University Foundation
Since January 2017 – December 2018: Special Advisor to the President, Tech Transfer & Fundraising
Since January 2019: Special Advisor to the Rector – UNIVERSEH | European University – University of the Greater Region
Since October 2022: Expert for Evaluation of Higher Education Institutes, High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (Hcéres, France)
My research interests have been bronchial hyperreactivity delineation until the late 80s as a PhD student and endothelin receptor antagonist development in a US pharmaceutical research centre for cardiovascular and pulmonary targets until 1992.
As a group leader in the Centre de Recherche Public-Santé (Luxembourg), I then developed a research team to elucidate the control of superoxide anion secretion by calcium ion fluxes in human immune cells. Most developments implicated fluorescence measurement of biological and biochemical processes in live cellsin vitro, with a profound insight in the discovery of calcium-controlled transductional events leading to superoxide anions secretion. A complementary research activity linked to the investigation of oxidative stress consequences within the vascular wall was carried out.
Simultaneously, I taught physiology and pharmacology at the Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg (now University of Luxembourg) and at the University of Louvain (medical and pharmacy school) in Belgium.
After joining the University of Luxembourg late 2002, fluorescence-based studies became fully functional in autumn 2004. Aside, an interest was developed for the consequences of spaceflight on animal and human immunological system.
Since 2006, I have occupied various positions at the management of the University, being initially special advisor to the President for research management, then Director of Administration; after having managed Academic Affairs as Vice-president for nearly 5 years, I am in charge of Technology Transfer and Fundraising for the University, as Special Advisor to the President.
peer-reviewed publications via the Publications tab above