Alan Urban

Principal Investigator

Assistant professor, Department of Neurosciences, KU Leuven
Group leader, NERF and VIB
Member of the Leuven Brain Institute

Phone: +32 (0)16 28 3986
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  • Started at NERF: 01/04/2016


My expertise is on R&D of imaging technologies with a focus on functional ultrasound imaging (fUSi) of brain activity. My main objective is to use fUSi in combination with electrophysiological recording and optogenetics/pharmacological control of specific circuits for a better understanding of brain dynamics during multi-sensory stimulation in awake conditions.

At a fundamental level, I’m interested in deciphering the mechanisms for controlling blood supply in normal or pathological conditions where the neurovascular coupling is impaired such as observed in stroke, Alzheimer's Disease, brain tumors and several pathologies.


Current position

since 2017 Assistant professor, Department of Neurosciences, KU Leuven
since 2016 NERF Principal Investigator

Education & training

2015–2016 Senior scientist, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israël
2012–2015 Junior Group Leader, INSERM, Paris, France
2010–2012 Visiting Scientist, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Wako-Shi, Japan
2009–2012 Assistant Professor, INSERM, ESPCI, Paris, France
2008–2009 Post-doctoral researcher, CNRS, ESPCI, Paris, France
2008 PhD, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
2003 MSc, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
2002 BSc, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France

Honors & awards

2018 Gold medal & Prize from Paris City Hall at the 117th Concours Lépine International
2017 Tetelman Fellowship for International Research in the Sciences for Jessica TANTIVIT
2017 C.Génial foundation, 1st prize in technology development (“Dustrack’r” project)
2016 C.Génial foundation, 2nd Prize in technology development (“Canne I see” Project)
2014 Norbert Segard Foundation Prize – Best Young Innovator.2008 FDF PhD Prize
1999 European Contest for Young Scientists on Protein Purification Prize (CIPP)