Eleni Vergadi is currently an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the Medical School of University of Crete and Consultant in Paediatrics, at Heraklion University Hospital. Dr Vergadi graduated from the Medical School of the University of Crete with honors, she obtained a Master of Science degree in Molecular Basis of Human Disease (University of Crete), and a Doctoral Degree in the field of Immunology at Harvard University and the University of Crete.
She has served as a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB-Forth), Dresden Bioinnovation Center and Medical School of University of Crete and she has been trained in Paediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston and Heraklion University Hospital. During her studies, she has been recipient of several awards and scholarships for excellence in academic and research records.
Currently, she devotes her time to patient care, teaching and research. She is actively involved in both clinical and laboratory-based translational research focusing on Paediatrics, Infectious Diseases and Host Defense and has relevant, highly cited publications in peer-reviewed international journals. Dr Vergadi has been a recipient of several research grants and she is the principal investigator of the NeoPhagES Project (Neonatal Phagocyte Enhancement in Sepsis). She supervises postgraduate and undergraduate students towards their thesis research projects. She is a member of the Committee of Education of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases and peer reviewer in international scientific journals.
Her current research interests are focused on the understanding of the innate immune responses of neonates and young infants to bacterial infections and the identification of the immune pathways that cause susceptibility of neonatal hosts to sepsis.