Dr Despina Sanoudou is an Assistant Professor at the 4th Department of Internal Medicine- Medical School, University of Athens. She studied Molecular Biology, obtained a PhD at the University of Cambridge and became an Instructor at the Harvard Medical School. Her research team focuses on the discovery of novel diagnostic and prognostic markers, the identification of novel therapeutic targets, and the evaluation of chemical compounds against cardiovascular diseases. The results of this work have been published in over 70 scientific articles and book chapters, 150 oral and 190 written presentations in scientific meetings worldwide. She serves as an evaluator of research grant applications at the European Commission and other international organizations, as an Editorial Board member of 7 publishers, and as a reviewer in 36 scientific journals.

Dr Sanoudou has received a series of awards including the L’Oreal-UNESCO award for Young Women in Science, an American Society of Human Genetics education award, Hellenic scientific organizations and others.