Research groups


The research of the UGent astronomy group concentrates on understanding the structure, origin and evolution of galaxies, with a particular focus on interstellar dust, dwarf galaxies and galaxy dynamics. The team uses both multi-wavelength observations and state-of-the-art numerical simulations, and is involved in the development of instrumentation for several new telescopes.

Atmospheric Physics

Extreme weather events cause huge human and economic losses, a changing climate impacts all layers of our society,... The research group Atmospheric Physics is investigating our atmosphere both by modeling and analysis of observations.


The Biophysics group at Ghent University aims at solving problems in the field of cardiac electrophysiogy. Our vision is to integrate clinical and fundamental research on cardiac arrhythmia and electrophysiology. For this we perform computer simulations, analyze clinical and experimental data and combine these insights to unravel the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmia and propose new treatments.

Center for Molecular Modeling

The Center focuses on frontier research in six major areas - chemical kinetics in nanoporous materials, computational material research on the nanoscale, spectroscopy, many-particle physics, model development and bio- and organic chemistry.

Center for X-ray Tomography - UGCT

(UGCT) is an interdisciplinary research facility which performs research on the X-ray micro/nanotomography technique and its applications in a scientific context. UGCT is presently an interfacultary collaboration between three UGent research groups.

Experimental Particle Physics

The Experimental Particle Physics (EPP) group of the UGent studies the fundamental building blocks of matter. The research of the group focuses on high energy physics, cosmic rays and astroparticle physics, and neutrino physics.

Fields, Particles and Strings

The research of our group covers a broad spectrum of topics in the area of theoretical elementary particle physics, e.g. quantum field theory and string theory. Our main motivation is to understand the non-perturbative nature of gauge theories such as QCD but due to the gauge/gravity duality, this has brought us to the more distant and adventurous outreaches of the theoretical universe such as holography, black holes and entanglement entropy.

Quantum Theory

Research in the QuantumGroup@Ugent is focused on unravelling entanglement patterns in interacting quantum many-body systems. We are developing the theory of quantum tensor networks, devise novel computational methods for optimizing them, and apply those to problems in condensed matter physics, quantum field theory, atomic physics and quantum computing.

The "Theoretical Nuclear Physics and Statistical Physics group at Ghent University conducts theoretical research that broadly falls into one of the following categories: neutrino physics; short-distance structure of nuclei; hadron spectroscopy and complexity science.