I am a Research Fellow in Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Research Fellow at the Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Neurology. There, I am a member of the Translational Neuroimmunology Research Center in the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, a large multidisciplinary team of scientists researching multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune neurologic disorders.
I grew up in Athens, Greece, where I also studied Medicine. Oliver Sacks’ book “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat” was my first introduction to the wonders of the human brain, which, during my studies, turned into a passion for all things brain: clinical neurology, neuroscience research and innovative education. During my studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, in Greece, I was a Research Trainee in the Neurospychopharmacology Research Group, participating in research on sex differences in models of depression and anxiety and the pharmacokinetic analysis of synthetic neurotrophins. I also received the Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award for a summer internship at a neuroscience laboratory in Singapore, where I worked on the modelling of neurologic diseases using 3D brain organoids.
Another scholarly interest I have is medical education: I served as the inaugural Education Coordinator for the Neuroanatomy lab exercises for medical students, where I participated in the development of a modern, multimodal lab experience, as a peer teacher, peer teacher trainer and lab coordinator. I also researched the effectiveness of modern, evidence-based teaching methods in medical education. We recently presented our findings on the effectiveness of near-peer teaching in Neuroanatomy in Anatomical Sciences Education. I continue to pursue this passion by actively participating in educational activities at the Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Neurology as well as Harvard Medical School. I have taught medical students, graduate students and the general public on all topics of neuroscience.