Dr Yoni Baert

Dr Yoni Baert obtained his PhD in Medical Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) with a thesis on male fertility preservation. He was a visiting scientist at the Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden) and wrote several papers in Q1 reproduction and tissue engineering journals.

Since 2016, Yoni has worked as a postdoctoral fellow of the Scientific Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and focusses on exploring new tissue engineering approaches to treat male infertility. Recently, he became the President of the Network for Young Researchers in Andrology.

Selected publications

  • Kadam P, Ntemou E, Baert Y, Van Laere S, Van Saen D and Goossens E (2018) Co-transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells improves spermatogonial stem cell transplantation efficiency in mice. Stem Cell Res Ther 9 317. 

  • Baert Y, Onofre J, Van Saen D and Goossens E (2018) Cryopreservation of human testicular tissue by isopropyl- controlled slow freezing. Methods Mol Biol 1748, 287-294.

  • Baert Y, Rombaut C and Goossens E (2017) Scaffold-based and scaffold-free testicular organoids from primary human testicular cells. Methods Mol. Biol. 2017 Jul 4.

  • Baert Y, De Kock J, Lopes JP, Söder O, Stukenborg J-B and Goossens E (2017) Primary human testicular cells self-organize into organoids with testicular properties. Stem Cell Reports 8, 30-38.

  • Onofre J, Baert Y, Faes K and Goossens E (2016) Cryopreservation of testicular tissue or testicular cell suspensions: A pivotal step in fertility preservation. Hum Reprod Update. 22, 744-761. 

  • Baert Y, Braye A, Struijk RB, van Pelt AMM and Goossens E (2015) Cryopreservation of testicular tissue before long-term testicular cell culture does not alter in vitro cell dynamics. Fertility and Sterility. 104, 1244-1252.e4.

  • Okutman O, Muller J, Baert Y, Serdarogullari M, Gultomruk M, Piton A, Rombaut C, Benkhalifa M, Teletin M, Skory V, Bakircioglu E, Goossens E, Bahceci M and Viville S (2015) Exome sequencing reveals a nonsense mutation in TEX15 causing spermatogenic failure in a Turkish family. Human Molecular Genetics 24, 5581-8. 

  • Baert Y, Stukenborg J-B, Landreh M, De Kock J, Jörnvall H, Söder O and Goossens E (2015) Derivation and characterization of a cytocompatible scaffold from human testis. Hum Reprod. 30, 256-267.

  • Baert Y, Van Saen D, Ning L, Haentjens P, Tournaye H and Goossens E (2013) What is the best cryopreservation protocol for human testicular tissue banking? Hum Reprod 28, 1816-1826. 

  • Baert Y, Goossens E, Van Saen D, Ning L, In‘t Veld P and Tournaye H (2012) Orthotopic grafting of cryopreserved prepubertal testicular tissue: in search of a simple yet effective cryopreservation protocol. Fertility and Sterility. 97, 1152-1157.e2.