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Aurélie Van Wylick

Ir. arch. Aurélie Van Wylick obtained the degree of Master of Science in Architectural Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2018, after which she decided to enrol for the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. However, one year later, Aurélie took the opportunity to join the Architectural Engineering Lab of the VUB where she started a PhD research on biomaterials as a follow-up to her master’s thesis. In October 2020, she was awarded by the Research Foundation Flanders – FWO a strategic basic PhD fellowship, which is a collaboration between the department of Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (under the supervision of prof. dr. ir. Hubert Rahier), the department of Architectural Engineering (under the supervision of prof. dr. ir. arch Lars De Laet) and the Microbiology Research Group (under the supervision of prof. dr. ir. Eveline Peeters). This multidisciplinary research aims to investigate the self-healing of concrete cracks through a microbiological approach, more precisely by using fungi. Very recent research shows that fungi are eligible candidates for this application; they promote the precipitation of calcium carbonate onto their hyphae to fill and heal the cracks in concrete.