Assistant Professor of Nephrology, MD, PhD
University of Thessaly
Department of Nephrology
I was born in Thessaloniki, in 1969. I?ve received my MD diploma from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Medicine, Thessaloniki, Greece, and my Ph.D. diploma on antigen presentation in hemodialysis patients from the Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece. I worked as a community physician for 1 year at Gavdos Island, Chania, Greece, and for 1 year as a physician in the Greek army. I completed a 2-year residency in Internal Medicine at Theagenion Cancer Centre of Thessaloniki and the 4-year fellowship program in Nephrology at the 2nd IKA Hospital of Thessaloniki and the Organ Transplant Unit of the Hippokration General Hospital of Thessaloniki. Thereafter, I worked as a consultant Nephrologist for 1 year at the University Hospital of Larissa, Greece, for 4 years at the General Hospital of Serres, Greece and for 3 years at the private section. From December of 2013 I was appointed from the Medical School of the University of Thessaly, Greece firstly as a lecturer in Nephrology and then as an assistant professor of Nephrology. My clinical duties include the care of patients with kidney diseases before or after entrance in hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, as well as of kidney transplant recipients. My expertise in kidney transplantation was significantly enhanced after a period of attendance of the activities of the Nephrology Department, Kidney Transplantation Program at the Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain as a visitor Nephrologist.
My teaching duties include the education of medical students in 3 semesters of Internal Medicine, in-house teaching conferences, grand rounds presentations, and lectures in Greek or International congresses and seminars. Also, I?m strongly involved in research activities.
Combining clinical practice with basic research, albeit difficult, is extremely interesting since the questions are readily raised and the answers require the stimulating process of the development of a careful study design. The results sometimes expected, sometimes unexpected raising new questions, are always interesting. I started my adventure in the field of immunology during my specialty in Nephrology, when I awarded my Ph.D. on antigen presentation in hemodialysis patients. My experience as a visitor investigator in the Department of Immunology at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA boosted not only my technical skills but also my confidence and thought process. Now I?m an assistant professor of Nephrology in the Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece and beyond my teaching and clinical duties Irun a research laboratory focused on basic immunology and cell metabolism. During this scientific course, I?ve participated in more than 140 published studies in scientific journals indexed in PUBMED, which were cited more than 1400 times. In most of these studies, I was the first and corresponding author. My latest research interests are focused, mainly but not exclusively, on the effect of alterations of cell metabolism on human alloreactive T-cell differentiation and function, as well as on endothelial dysfunction and on resistance of epithelial cells to hypoxia.