Dr. Christophe Stove, Ghent University, Belgium
After graduating as a pharmacist in 1999 at Ghent University, Belgium, Christophe Stove obtained a PhD scholarship from the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders to do fundamental cancer research in the Laboratory of Experimental Cancerology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Ghent Univeristy. This PhD, in which the role of growth factors and cell adhesion molecules in melanoma and breast cancer was studied, was awarded the Pfizer prize for best PhD in Medical Sciences. Next, he pursued a molecular biology-oriented postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Molecular Biology – the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology at the Faculty of Sciences of Ghent University, still being active in fundamental cancer research. In 2007 he returned to his home Faculty, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, to take up a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Toxicology, headed by Prof. Willy Lambert. Early 2013 Christophe Stove was appointed assistant professor tenure track at Ghent University. One of his research focuses -with different research lines running- is the development of alternative strategies for the GC-MS and LC-MS/MS-based measurement of endogenous molecules and drugs (of abuse) in biological matrices. In this context, his interest particularly lies in the use of alternative matrices and/or alternative sampling strategies, with special emphasis on dried blood spots. Christophe Stove is a young scientist member of TIAFT and IATDMCT and, since early 2013, became chair of the IATDMCT New Sampling Strategies Committee.