Hellenic Bioscientific Association of the USA

Board of Directors 2018-2020

President: Anna Gavrieli, PhD

Affiliation: Compass at Google, Sunnyvale, CA

Anna Gavrieli is a Research Global Program Manager for Compass at Google with a focus on eating behavior and choice architecture. She studied Dietetics and Nutrition at the Harokopio University of Athens and she did her MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University, UK. After obtaining her Ph.D. from the Harokopio University of Athens she worked for a year as a researcher at the Hellenic Health Foundation. From 2014 to 2018 she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. She joined HBA-USA in 2015 and she is currently the President of the Board. She is also directing the Mentorship Program of HBA-USA which mission is to build a strong, sustainable network where distinguished Greek or Greek-American scientists and entrepreneurs of the USA mentor young Greek or Greek-American students and scientists in the field of biomedical sciences.

Vice President: Panagiotis Fotakis, PhD

Affiliation: Columbia University, New York, NY

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Panagiotis Fotakis earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Crete in 2014 and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University. His research is focused on the metabolic and inflammatory mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, aiming to identify new therapeutic targets for the treatment of Cardiovascular Disease. His previous work includes the development of mouse models to study the HDL (good cholesterol) formation and function in specific forms of human dyslipidemia. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cardiovascular Disease and Lipid Metabolism. Panagiotis joined the HBA-USA in 2016 and served in the previous board of directors of the Association as General Secretary.

Treasurer: Andreas Kateifidis, MD PhD

Affiliation: Vertex Inc., Boston, MA

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Andreas obtained his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Crete in Greece and completed an MBA in Health Sector Management at Boston University, USA. During his doctoral studies, he worked at Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute at Boston University where he investigated the in vivo and in vitro functions of mutant forms of apolipoprotein A-I to determine how structural changes affect plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels and their contribution to atherogenesis. He additionally developed a method for purification of human apolipoproteins. He is currently a Manager in Process Management and Business Analytics at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. Andreas was introduced to HBA-USA in 2011 and since 2017 he has been serving as Councillor.

General Secretary: Eva Tsaousidou, PhD

Affiliation: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Eva is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She studied Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She continued her studies with a full scholarship for her M.Sc. in Genetics from the University of Cologne, Germany, where she also obtained her Ph.D. under the supervision of Jens Brüning, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research. She is currently doing research on the molecular pathways that underlie the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and obesity with a fellowship from the American Heart Association.

Councilor: Drosoula Giantsoudi, PhD, DABR

Affiliation: Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Drosoula is a board-certified clinical medical physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital since February 2017 and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School since October 2019. She completed her undergraduate studies at the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the National Technical University of Athens. After obtaining her Ph.D. degree in Radiological Sciences (Medical Physics) from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at MGH, before becoming an Instructor and clinical medical physicist. Her clinical work is currently focused on proton radiation therapy and surface imaging for patient setup and monitoring during treatment. Her current research interests include Monte Carlo simulations for patient radiation dose verification, biologically based treatment planning optimization and patient outcome analysis for proton therapy, effects of CT metal artifacts in photon and proton radiation treatment planning. Drosoula was introduced to HBA-USA in 2017 and decided to take up a more active role as a Councilor with the new board.

Councilor: Sotirios K. Sotiriou, PhD

Affiliation: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Sotiris Sotiriou is a molecular cancer biologist currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School and at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He obtained his BSc degree from the department of biological applications and technology at the University of Ioannina in Greece and his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. His research interests focus on DNA repair, DNA replication, and mechanisms underlying genomic instability in human cancers. Sotiris joined HBA-USA in 2018.

Councilor: Alexandra Touroutoglou, PhD

Affiliation: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Alexandra Touroutoglou, PhD is an Instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She leads neuroimaging research at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. She received her PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She has been awarded NIH grants (K23, R56, and R21) to lead clinical trials that combine brain imaging and noninvasive brain stimulation to improve brain function and memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and healthy older adults. Her team has discovered a group of older adults who maintain exceptionally youthful brains and memory, dubbed “super-agers” and her findings have been featured by the BBC, Huffington Post, and The New York Times. She is the author of highly cited articles in the field of brain imaging, is committed to mentoring, and has won several awards for her work, including a Teaching Award from Fulbright Foundation/Institute of International Education in 2016 and “Woman of the Year” in Greece in 2017.

Social Media Coordinator & Public Outreach: Christos Lisgaras, PhD

Affiliation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY

Christos Lisgaras completed his undergraduate studies in Applied Biology and Technology at the University of Ioannina in Greece and continued with his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology at the same institution. His Ph.D. work has mainly focused on the role of the cholinergic neurotransmission and high-frequency neuronal oscillations in hyperexcitability of developmental epilepsies. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and his work is focusing on electrophysiological biomarkers of epileptogenesis after traumatic brain injury. During his Ph.D. studies, he joined the efforts of the Next Generation Task Force of the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) to advise on strategies that engage and promote the next generation of epilepsy professionals. He is currently serving as a Vice-Chair for Research and Chair of the Research and Translational Task Force of the ILAE-Young Epilepsy Section while advising on global-scale projects such as the ILAE Wikipedia Epilepsy Initiative and Research Advocacy strategies.

 

Previous Board of Directors

2016-2018

President: Elisavet Serti (2017-2018) – Georgios Pyrgiotakis (2016-2017)

Vice President: Elisavet Serti (2016-2017) – Georgios Pyrgiotakis (2017-2018)

Treasurer: Anna Gavrieli

General Secretary: Panagiotis Fotakis

App. Secretary: Anastasia Nikolopoulou

Councilors: Andreas Kateifidis, Maria Mavrikaki

 

2014-2016

President: Kostas Arvanitis

Vice President: Kostas Biliouris

Treasurer: Ioannis Zervantonakis

General Secretary: Elisavet Serti

App. Secretary: Nikolaos Dimitrakakis

Councilors: Eirini Papapetrou, Sotiris Stergiopoulos

 

2012-2014

President: Ioannis Zervantonakis

Vice President: Anastasia Nikolopoulou

Past Vice-President: Athanassios Vassilopoulos, Runner up: George Noutsios

Treasurer: Eleftherios Makris

General Secretary: Konstantinos Biliouris

App. Secretary: Panteleimon Mavroudis

Councilors: Pavlos Msaouel, Nikolaos Tsirikos-Karapanos

 

2010-2012

President: T. Thomou

Vice President: S. Sotiriou, A. Vassilopoulos

App. Secretary: E. Filippidi

Treasurer: K. Loupasakis

Councilors: D. Gousetis, A. Nikolopoulou, I. Zervantonakis

 

2008-2010

President: K. Drosatos

Vice President: T. Thomou

Treasurer: D. Iliopoulos

Gen. Secretary: M. Vassiadi

App. Secretary: E. Ntrivalas

Councilors: D. Gousetis, I. Karagiannidis

 

2006-2008

President: K. Drosatos

Vice President: D. Iliopoulos

Gen. Secretary: T. Thomou

Treasurer: I. Karagiannides

App. Secretary: E. Ntrivalas

Councilors: K. Bakirtzi, E. Filippidi