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Research interests

  1. The role of endogenous estradiol metabolites in preeclamsia, ischemia reperfusion injury and Alzheimer’s disease. (Gender differences in diseases). The projects aim at understanding how estradiol metabolites offer protection in these diseases/conditions thus leading to new therapeutic avenues. Currently the role of estradiol metabolites in Alzheimer’s disease is actively being investigated
  2. Investigating dietary supplements/natural compounds as inhibitors of nicotine metabolizing enzyme P450 2A6 as a means of reducing smoking by inhibiting nicotine metabolism. (Currently active).
  3. Peritoneal adhesions, cause and methods of resolving them. The project aims at identifying mechanisms and therapeutic methods for resolving adhesions, a post-operative problem resulting in pain and usually requiring second surgical operation. Adhesions result when tissues adhere together after surgery as a result of injury.
  4. The role of MIF-Glucocorticoid axis in the pathogenesis atherosclerosis and other inflammatory cardiovascular diseases. The project aims at understanding how inflammation can be resolved in these chronic inflammatory conditions by modulating endogenous regulatory switches such as MIF-glucocordicoids, thus leading to inflammation resolution and therapy. Special interest also for inflammation in cancer.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Pittsburgh


PhD, University of Pittsburgh


Bachelor, Denison University


External positions

Collaborating Researcher, Center for Research and Technology-Thessaly


Head of R&D, Vethellas SA


Managing Director, Biomedcode Hellas SA


Research Instructor, University of Pittsburgh


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Research Output

Computer-aided drug design of β-secretase, γ- secretase and anti-tau inhibitors for the discovery of novel alzheimer’s therapeutics

Mouchlis, V. D., Melagraki, G., Zacharia, L. C. & Afantitis, A., 1 Feb 2020, In : International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 21, 3, 703.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Cheminformatics and virtual screening studies of COMT inhibitors as potential Parkinson’s disease therapeutics

    Moschovou, K., Melagraki, G., Mavromoustakos, T., Zacharia, L. C. & Afantitis, A., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Collagen content and extracellular matrix cause cytoskeletal remodelling in pancreatic fibroblasts

    Stylianou, A., Gkretsi, V., Louca, M., Zacharia, L. C. & Stylianopoulos, T., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 16, 154, 0226.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Depletion of Ras Suppressor-1 (RSU-1) promotes cell invasion of breast cancer cells through a compensatory upregulation of a truncated isoform

    Gkretsi, V., Kalli, M., Efstathiades, C., Papageorgis, P., Papanikolaou, V., Zacharia, L. C., Tsezou, A., Athanassiou, E. & Stylianopoulos, T., 1 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 10050.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)