I am a a clinical and translational science researcher with over 12 years experience in these fields. My research track record includes 27 publications (which collectively have received more than 600 citations), numerous talks and poster presentations/showcases in research conferences, competitive international prices and awards and contribution of educational material in book chapters and medical journals. I received my medical and doctorate degrees in Greece, and completed my Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Cincinnati. I was trained in Nephrology and transplant Nephrology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Subsequently, I went on to work in Medical Affairs for multinational pharmaceutical companies, prior to joining the University of New Mexico in 2014.
My research interest revolve around the understanding of the mechanisms of human kidney disease through the development of analytical methods (with a very strong Bayesian flavor) for the analyses of complex biomedical data from molecules to hundreds of thousands of patients. As a clinical researcher, I have supervised large clinical studies in late phase drug development and epidemiology involving thousands of patients. More recently, my research has focused on two parallel tracks: the use of big data coupled with statistical modelling to understand the epidemic of kidney disease in the USA and the understanding of a novel clinical measurement, i.e. microRNAs. My work in the microRNA field involves both analytical method development and clinical discovery projects. I am currently collaborating with the college of pharmacy, family and community medicine, biochemistry and a number of divisions such as epi/biostatistics and endocrinology, research institutions (e.g. Institute for Systems Biology and Pacific Northwest Research Laboratory) and biotechnology companies that are active in the microRNA biomarker field.
In parallel to these research activities I maintain a clinically active service, as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico, in the inpatient services at both UNM Hospitals and Sandoval Regional Medical Center. I am the medical director of the acute dialysis unit at UNMH, the Infusion Center at SRMC, the medical director dialysis clinic/outreach nephrology clinic in Cuba New Mexico and the medical lead of the living and paired exchange transplant program at UNMH.