Ann Van Gysel

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Ann Van Gysel is a Belgian scientist and businesswoman. In 2011 she started Turnstone Communications, offering communications and business development services to biotech and pharma industry. She teaches science communications at the University of Antwerp (UA) and Gent (UGent) and is a director to the board of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITG).


She started at the University of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium) in biology after which she graduated as a zoologist at the University of Ghent (Ghent, Belgium) and obtained a PhD in Molecular Genetics in the laboratory of Professor Marc Van Montagu.[1][2] In addition she obtained a degree in Marketing and Communication in 1998 with a paper on biotech communications.


Ann Van Gysel started her career at the University of Ghent, where she headed her own research team in the Department of Plant Genetics for 4 years. In 1997, she continued her career at the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) in science communications. She became the communications manager of the VIB and headed the communications office. At VIB she was responsible for the public outreach and educational programs and its public relations and internal communications. On 1 June 2008, Ann Van Gysel became Managing Director of FlandersBio (until December 2011).


  1. ^ Van Gysel A, Van Montagu M, Inzé D., A negatively light-regulated gene from Arabidopsis thaliana encodes a protein showing high similarity to blue copper-binding proteins, Gene. 1993 Dec 22;136(1-2):79-85
  2. ^ Van Gysel A, Cnops G, Breyne P, Van Montagu M, Cervera MT., Chromosome landing using an AFLP-based strategy, Methods Mol Biol. 1998;82:305-14