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Joran Michiels

Joran Michiels

Trainee patent attorney
I joined NLO as a trainee patent attorney in 2018. My extensive and broad-ranging experience of life sciences and biotechnology research enables me to quickly familiarise myself with complex and highly varied inventions in these fields.


  • Antibody
  • Biotechnology
  • Gene therapy
  • Oligonucleotide

Intensive training, both within and outside NLO, means I am increasingly gaining expertise in national and international patent law. As a trainee patent attorney, I aim to combine these two fields of knowledge in order to optimally protect our clients’ innovations.

Before joining NLO, I completed a PhD in microbiology at KU Leuven, with my thesis focusing on the evolution and mechanisms of antibiotic tolerance in pathogenic bacteria. As part of this research I authored and co-authored 7 publications in international scientific journals.


  • PhD in Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2013-2017)
  • Master in Bioscience Engineering: cell and gene technology (graduated with high distinction), KU Leuven (2011-2013)
  • Bachelor in Bioscience Engineering (graduated with distinction), KU Leuven (2008-2011)


  • Michiels JE, Van den Bergh B, Verstraeten N, Michiels J (2016) Molecular mechanisms and clinical implications of bacterial persistence. Drug Resistance Updates 29, 76-89.
  • Michiels JE, Van den Bergh B, Fauvart M, Michiels J (2016) Draft genome sequence of Enterococcus faecium strain LMG 8148. Standards in Genomic Sciences 11, 63.
  • Michiels JE, Van den Bergh B, Fauvart M, Michiels J (2016) Draft genome sequence of Acinetobacter baumannii strain NCTC 13423, a multidrug-resistant clinical isolate. Standards in Genomic Sciences 11, 57.