Prof. Dr.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Etterbeek, Building G, 4th floor, Room 4G110
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels | Belgium


Kim focused his early post-doctoral research on phylogenetic patterns of diversification in amphibians. He is now integrating this phylogenetic background with transcriptome and peptidome data to explore the evolution of antimicrobial and anti-predatory skin peptides in various amphibians. Apart from providing an excellent model system for the study of adaptive evolution at a molecular scale, defensive skin peptides represent promising templates for novel bioactive compounds in various therapeutic applications.

Matthijs, S., Ye, L., Stijlemans, B., Cornelis, P., Bossuyt, F. & K. Roelants, 2014 - Low Structural Variation in the Host-Defense Peptide Repertoire of the Dwarf Clawed Frog Hymenochirus boettgeri (Pipidae). PLoS ONE 9 (1) : e86339.

Roelants, K., Fry, B.G., Ye, L., Stijlemans, B., Brys, L., Kok, P., Clynen, E., Schoofs, L., Cornelis, P. & F. Bossuyt, 2013 - Origin and functional diversification of an amphibian defense peptide arsenal. PLoS Genetics 9(8): e1003662.

Kok, P. J. R. , MacCulloch, R. D., Means, D. B., Roelants, K., Van Bocxlaer, I. & F. Bossuyt, 2012 - Low genetic diversity in tepui summit vertebrates. Current Biology, 22 (15): R589-590.

Roelants, K., Haas, A., & F. Bossuyt, 2011 - Anuran radiations and the evolution of tadpole morphospace. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA 108 (21): 8527-8916.

Roelants, K., Fry, B.G., Norman, J.A.,  Clynen, E., Schoofs, L. & F. Bossuyt, 2010 - Identical Skin Toxins by Convergent Molecular Adaptation in Frogs. Current Biology 20: 125-130.