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Maro received their Bsc in Biology (Molecular Biology/Biochemistry) from the University of Crete in 2014. Their bachelor’s thesis was supervised by Professor Kriton Kalantidis and focused on exploring the role of the bromo-domain-containing protein VIRP1 in Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid’s infectivity.

Maro then completed an MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2016 from Jacobs University Bremen (Germany). Under the supervision of Professor Sebastian Springer, they investigated the endocytosis of MHC Class I with a novel labelling system. In 2016, Maro joined Dr Sergi Padilla-Parra’s group at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford as a research assistant to work on the identification of receptor stoichiometry during HIV-1 entry into cells.

They joined the Department of Physics at King’s College London in 2018 as a PhD student in Dr Katelyn Spillane’s group, where they are investigating how Follicular dendritic cell’s actin cytoskeleton controls the immune-complex presentation and how this affects B cell activation.

Thesis title

Follicular dendritic cell mechanosensitivity and its influence on B cell activation

Research interests

  • Cell Immunology
  • Cell Mechanics
  • Cell-to-cell interaction
  • Host-Pathogen interactions
  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Image Analysis 

PhD supervisor

Principal supervisor: Dr Katelyn Spillane