Luc Vanhamme is Professor of Molecular Parasitology at the Free University of Brussels and Director of Research at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research .
He has been giving classes of molecular parasitology, host-parasite interactions, genetic engineering and biotechnology at the Free University of Brussels and also, in the frame of cooperation programs, as invited professor at the Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon, University of Bandjoun in Cameroon or Central University of Ecuador in Quito. He also gave lectures at the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
He worked on cancer during his PhD and post-doc. He has been working for more than twenty years on molecular aspects of antigenic variation and human serum resistance in African trypanosomes. He has recently participated to researches on Onchocerca. He has taken part in various cooperation programs from the TDR-WHO (for which he has been an expert), Human frontier scientific program, or belgian ARES-CUD. He has been research associate at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Department of Microbiology, invited Scientist at the ILRAD (Nairobi, Kenya), and also worked in Cameroon.
He has published close to a hundred papers and book chapters, most of them on African trypanosomes and is holder af several patents.
During his more than twenty years of work on African trypanosomiasis in a molecular biology laboratory, he always missed the lack of contact and return to the people suffering from the sickness. With his recent involvement in a program of research on Onchocerca, he found an opportunity to directly interact with patients and help them in the field.