Prof. dr. P. Pauwels obtained his MD certificate at the Catholic University of Leuven in 1985. After a two years fellowship in Internal Medicine, he started a residency in Pathology at the University of Leuven. He then worked as a staff pathologist in Eindhoven till 2002. He went to the Maastricht University Medical Center till 2005. From 2005 till 2009 he was pathologist at the Ghent University Hospital. Since 2009 he works at the Antwerp University Medical Center. He obtained his PhD at the University of Leiden in 2004 in the field of molecular pathology (“Bridging the gap between cytogenetics and pathology of soft tissue tumors”). He is head of the laboratory of molecular pathology and co director of the Center of Oncology Research (CORE) of the Antwerp University. He became professor in Molecular Oncopathology at the Antwerp University in 2012 and is scientific advisor of the Luxemburg National Health Service since 2013. His principal interest is biomarker research in oncology, with a particular focus on liquid biopsy in cancer.