Dr. ir. Jo Philips

Telephone number: 
+32 9/264 59 76
Postdoctoral staff


2007:  Master in Engineering in Environmental Technology; University of Leuven, Belgium

2012:  PhD in Bioscience Engineering: Bioremediation of groundwater contaminated  with trichloroethene: Assessment of the biological and chemical factors affecting  bio-enhanced free phase dissolution. University of Leuven, Belgium

Previous positions

2007 - 2012: PhD researcher, supervisors: prof. Erik Smolders & prof. Dirk Springael, Division of Soil and Water Management, University of Leuven, Belgium                           

2012 - 2014: Postdoctoral researcher, supervisor: prof. Derek R. Lovley, Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA


2007 - 2011: PhD fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)

2012 - 2013: Postdoctoral fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)

2013 – 2017: Postdoctoral fellow of the Special Research Fund (BOF) of Ghent University

Selected key publications: 
Philips, J., Rabaey, R., Lovley, D.R., Vargas M. (2017). Biofilm formation by Clostridium ljungdahlii is induced by sodium chloride stress: Experimental evaluation and transcriptome analysis. PlosOne 12(1): e0170406. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0170406.
Philips, J., Verbeeck, K., Rabaey, R., Arends, J.B.A. (2015). Electron transfer mechanisms in biofilms. In: Scott, K., Yu, E.H. (Eds.), Microbial electrochemical and fuel cells: Fundamentals and Applications, Elsevier.
Zhang, X., Philips, J., Roume, H., Guo, K., Rabaey, K., Prévoteau A. (2017). Rapid and quantitative assessment of redox conduction across electroactive biofilms via double potential step chronoamperometry. ChemElectroChem DOI: 10.1002/celc.201600853.