Eleftheria Papaioannou


After graduating in Biology from National University of Athens, Greece (2012), Eleftheria obtained her MSc degree in Immunology at King´s College London (2014). During her MSc she studied the role of interleukin-27 in the development of CD8+ regulatory T cells. She obtained her PhD degree in Immunobiology at University College London, working at the laboratory of Prof. Tessa Crompton. Her main research focus during the PhD studies was to study the role of the Hedgehog signaling morphogens in the inflammatory context of atopic dermatitis, getting specialized in the biology of skin T cells. Her work established that morphogens deriving from skin prevent and modulate skin inflammation via signalling to CD4+ T cells and inducing their Treg activity. Upon the completion of her BSc studies, she worked for a year (2012-2013) as a research assistant at the laboratory of Dr. Vily Panoutsakopoulou at the Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens, studying how osteopontin influences early events which are required for Th1 and Th2 cell differentiation. Since 2019 she has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the laboratory of Dr. Mercedes Ricote at CNIC. She is awarded with the “CAM-Attracciòn de Talentos” fellowship, studying the role of Retinoid X Receptors (RXRs) in the context of cardiometabolic diseases including diabetes and atherosclerosis. The major aim of the of the research is to explore if RXRs have an anti-inflammatory action of macrophages.