Chara Charsou

Postdoctoral Fellow - iCAM-Autophagy
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Visiting address Sognsvannsveien 9 Domus Medica 0372 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1112 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Division of Biochemistry

Academic interests

As a Postdoctoral Scientia Fellow I am interested in understanding the role of Autophagy in lipid metabolism and the interactions between Lipid Droplets and the autophagosomes. I am focusing on investigating the role of Autophagy in health and disease and understanding the molecular mechanisms defining this process. I am interested in cell signalling, basic cellular biology and immunology.

Background

PhD in Inflammation and Inflammatory Disease, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, School of Clinical Sciences, under the 1+3 MRC PhD Programme, September 2011- September 2016
Thesis title: “Autophagy as a control mechanism in Human Papilloma Virus infection”


Master by Research in Biomedical Science (As part of the 1+3 MRC PhD Programme) (B), The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, School of Clinical Sciences, September 2011- September 2012

Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Distinction), Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece, Medical School in collaboration with Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, February 2009-February 2011

Ptychion in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, October 2003-October 2008

 

Awards

  • 2 year Marie Curie Scientia Fellowship, October 2016- September 2018
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh Scholarship in the academic year 2011-2015
  • Medical Research Council Scholarship in the academic year 2011-2015Thomas and Margaret Rodin Fund award of £1000, August 2015
  • Innovation Initiative Grant of £2,000 from the University of Edinburgh Development Trust, December 2012
  • Society for General Microbiology Spring Conference – Liverpool 14-17 April 2014 awarded a grant of £350 from the Postgraduate Student Conference Grants towards attendance at the above conference
  • European Network of Immunology Institutes- European Federation of Immunological Societies/ European Journal of Immunology Grant for the attendance of the 9th Summer School, 5-12 May 2014 in Alghero, Sardinia
  • Society for General Microbiology Spring Conference - Manchester 25-28 March 2013 awarded a grant of £450 from the Postgraduate Student Conference Grants towards attendance at the above conference

Appointments

  • Postgraduate Campaigns Representative of Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA), March 2012-March 2013
  • Member of the Autophagy UK Network student and postdoc committee April 2015-September 2016.
  • Member of the Queens Medical Research Institute Postgraduate committee, 2012-2013.

Positions held

  • Research Assistant at Queens Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh in collaboration with LEO Pharma Open Innovation, Copenhagen, November 2016-today
  • Research Associate at Apoptosis and Cancer Immunology Laboratory (AKIL), Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey February 2011-July 2011
  • Researcher on clinical diagnostic tests, Alexandroupolis General Hospital, Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory, Greece, October 2007-December 2009

 

Publications

  • Charsou C, Soong D, Williams A, Haas J, Cuschieri K, Howie S “Autophagy as a marker and control mechanism in HPV16 related cervical cancer” Research paper manuscript under preparation
  • Charsou C, Haas J, Bhatia R, Serrano I, Chen R, Cuschieri K, Howie S “An optimised method of expressing high risk HPV16 genes in vitro” Research paper manuscript under preparation
  • Canham M, Charsou C, Stewart J, Moncur S, Hoodless L, Bhatia R, Cong D, Cubie H, Busby-Earle C, Williams A, McLoughlin V, Campbell JD, Cuschieri K, Howie S (2014) “Increased cycling cell numbers and stem cell associated proteins as potential biomarkers for high grade human papillomavirus+ve pre-neoplastic cervical disease”, PLoS One. 2014 Dec 22;9(12):e115379. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115379.
  • Paschos KA, Charsou C, Constantinidis TC, Anagnostoulis S, Lambropoulou M, Papachristou F, Simopoulos K, Chatzaki E. “Corticotropin-releasing hormone receptors mediate opposing effects in cholestasis-induced liver cell apoptosis”, Endocrinology. 2010 Apr;151(4):1704-12. Epub 2010 Feb 26.
  • Tsaroucha AK, Chatzaki E, Lambropoulou M, Despoudi K, Laftsidis P, Charsou C, Polychronidis A, Papadopoulos N, Simopoulos CE (2008). “Megalin and cubilin in the human gallbladder epithelium”. Clin Exp Med. 2008 Sep;8(3):165-70. Epub 2008 Sep 13.
  • Charsou C, Paschos C, Anagnostoulis S, Chalkiadaki C, Simopoulos K, Chatzaki E, 2009, “Corticotropin Releasing Factor (CRF) receptors in rat liver: Regulation of the bcl-2 and Fas/FasL apoptotic pathways” Epitheorese Klinikes Farmakologias kai Farmakokinetikes 27(1):110-112
  • Polakis E, Lambropoulou M, Charsou C, Cheimonidou C, Chalkiadaki K, Chatzaki E, 2008, “The expression of the Corticotropin Releasing Factor (CRF) system of neuropeptides and receptors in mouse microglia cells”. Review of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics, Vol. 22, No 2, 297-299.
  • Chatzaki E, Paschos C, Lambropoulou M, Anagnostoulis S, Charsou C, Chouridou E, Michailidou E, Papachristou F, Constantinidis CT, Simopoulos C, 2008, “Corticotropin Releasing Factor (CRF) and liver apoptosis”. Review of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics, Vol. 22, No 2, 122-123.
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