Stelios Psarras was born in Athens, Greece, in 1962. He received the Diploma of chemistry in 1986 and the Ph.D. degree in biology for his work with wound healing-associated growth factors in 1996, both from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He then moved to the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, and later on to the Institut Necker in Paris, France, where he conducted postdoctoral work on viral vectors and tumor immunology. During 2000–2004, he was a Research Associate at the Allergy Unit of the 2nd Pediatric Clinic, University of Athens, working with rhinovirus and other respiratory infections, airway remodeling, and asthma. He moved then to the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) where he conducted tissue pathophysiology studies, including analysis of a genetic heart failure model and renal fibrosis. Since 2008, he has been a staff research scientist (Associate Professor level) at BRFAA and the Head of the Histochemistry Core Facility with research interests focusing on tissue inflammation and remodeling. He has received fellowships, awards, and grants for conducting his research (e.g., postvert by INSERM, France, in 1999; research grant by the Hellenic Society for Cardiology in 2010). He participated in the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA2LEN), and he is a Member of EAACI and of the Editorial Board of the Open Microbiology Journal.
Biography Updated on 2 January 2011