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Meet Our Exceptional Team!

George S. Karagiannis, DVM, PhD (Laboratory Head)

George S. Karagiannis is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (M&I) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA. He is also affiliated with the Albert Einstein Cancer Center (AECC). He holds a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from University of Toronto, Canada, and a degree in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece. His scientific contributions (>45 peer-reviewed, primary research articles and review articles) have appeared in highly-esteemed journals and specialized society journals in the fields of cancer biology, molecular oncology, cancer proteomics, and translational medicine. His most prominent publications have appeared in Science Translational Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Molecular Cancer Research, and Molecular Oncology. The most prestigious research-related award he has received to-date is the NCI Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). Dr. Karagiannis and his creative team currently investigate the effects of chemotherapy on the primary tumor microenvironment, as well as chemotherapy-driven immunotoxicity on primary and secondary lymphoid organs.

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Maria Lagou, DVM
Postdoctoral Fellow

Maria Lagou has been a post-doctoral fellow in our laboratory as of October of 2021. She holds an Honours degree in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) in Greece. She has also previously completed a one-year internship in the Laboratory of Pathology, at the School of Veterinary Medicine, AUTh. Passionate about pathology and microscopy, she now studies the effects of chemotherapy on thymic functions and its consequences on antitumor-immunity.

Anastasia-Aristoteleia Chondronikola
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dimitra Anastasiadou, DVM
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dimitris Argyris, DVM
Forthcoming Postdoctoral Fellow

Dimitra Anastasiadou joined our laboratory on December of 2021. She obtained a degree in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) in Greece. During her studies, she completed a traineeship in the Laboratory of Pathophysiology and Experimental Endocrinology at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. She enjoys working in multi-disciplinary research environments, and currently investigates mechanism of breast cancer immunosuppression.

Natalie Eng

Summer Student

Natalie Eng is a rising junior at the Bronx High School of Science and is currently enrolled in its Biology Research program. She is actively involved in multiple High School organizations, primarily including the Science Olympiad and Pre-Medical Club. She has joined our team as a summer student and is enthusiastic to explore the application of advanced imaging techniques for spatial studies of cancer development and metastasis.

Conner Entenberg

Summer Student

Conner Entenberg is a Sophomore at Somers High School and is currently enrolled in a 3-year science research program. He is expected to graduate in 2024. Currently, he is interested in learning about and understanding the long-term effects of chemotherapy on the immune system and its ability to fight infection and cancer. Besides scientific research, his interests include music, acting, law, and history.

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