Dr Pelekanos' research is diverse and she is starting to create her own niche: molecular endocrinology in the fields of paediatrics, pregnancy and stem cells. Dr Pelekanos' focus has recently shifted to combining these areas of expertise to find novel treatments and determine causes of Cerebral Palsy. She is excited to continue this work into the future.
Dr Pelekanos works within the larger group lead by Prof. Nicholas Fisk (Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, UQ). Dr Pelekanos was awarded her first large research grant as CIA ($145,000) in 2014, to investigate stem cell therapies in a rodent model of cerebral palsy. In previous appointments, Dr Pelekanos has been involved in the clinical production of placenta-derived MSC for clinical trial and the comparison of MSC from different murine and human organs. In 2010, Dr Pelekanos was awarded a prestigious Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postdoctoral Training Fellowship that is allowing her to independently develop her research interests and has successfully attained more than $500,000 funding in the form of grants, fellowships and travel awards. Dr Pelekanos was awards a Dean's commendation for her PhD thesis on growth hormone receptor activation mechanisms (top 10% of PhD graduates at UQ) and has presented her research at numerous local, national and international conferences and is an author on 15 peer-reviewed publications in journals including Science and Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.
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