Sylvie Megens

Research Assistant DNA laboratory


Population genetics


I am responsible for conducting genetic research at the molecular laboratory of the Centre for Research and Conservation (CRC) of Antwerp ZOO and Planckendael ZOO. The topics of research include determining the relatedness, diversity, structure, and sex of both wild and captive animals. My tasks include managing samples from endangered species, guiding students with their experiments, and maintaining the laboratory.

Research Interests

My current research interests are focused on developing new and improving current lab techniques.

Brief Biography

I graduated as a Bachelor in Biomedical laboratory technology at Hogeschool Gent (Hogent) in Belgium. During my studies I specialized in genetics, utilizing my internships to gain practical experience in the conservation genetics (CRC). Before this I worked at a pharmaceutical company in the microbiology lab.

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