Céline Gillebert is associate professor of neuropsychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the KU Leuven, member of the Young Academy of Flanders and a Scholar of the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence.
Céline obtained an MSc in Psychology (2007) and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (2012) at the KU Leuven. Her doctoral training was supported by a fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). She conducted functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging studies in neurotypical individuals as well as patients with acquired (due to stroke) and degenerative (due to Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body disease) brain damage to characterize the neuroanatomy of visual attention in the human cortex. The research led to a functional neuroanatomical model of attention, which has been discussed in several review articles and book chapters and through which she gained international recognition in the field.
Céline moved to the University of Oxford in 2012, after being granted a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust and a Junior Research Fellowship by Wolfson College. In Oxford, she developed state-of-the-art tools for the diagnosis of cognitive deficits in patients with brain disorders and gained new knowledge about the contribution of structural and functional connectivity to cognitive functions and deficits. Supported by the Odysseus programme of the Research Foundation Flanders, Céline started her research group at the KU Leuven in 2016.
Céline is actively involved in translating research findings into clinical practice. She regularly gives lectures and organises workshops for clinical neuropsychologists (e.g., the Leuven Neuropsychology Workshop), and is part of the executive board of TRACE, a joint venture between the Hospital East-Limbourg and the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences to promote translational research and bridge the gap between scientists and practitioners.