Dr. Pieter-Jan Verhelst is a PhD candidate at the OMFS-IMPATH research group at the University of Leuven under promotorship of Prof. Dr. Reinhilde Jacobs, Prof. Dr. Constantinus Politis, Prof. Dr. Hilde Peeters and Prof. Dr. Gwen Swennen. He graduated at the University of Leuven in Medicine (MD, magna cum laude) in 2017 with a master’s thesis on the fibula free flap in facial reconstruction. Currently, he is an Oral and Maxillofacial trainee at the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospitals of Leuven. His research focusses on dentocraniofacial deformities, orthognathic surgery and condylar resorption. Some of his current projects are:

  • Development and validation of an analysis protocol for condylar remodeling
  • Etiological factors in condylar resorption
  • Bridging the gap between 3D craniofacial phenotyping and genotyping