ESR02 – Eirini Christodoulou – based in Leiden

Project Title: Using functional studies to explore potential high penetrance melanoma susceptibility genes identified using whole exome and genome sequencing.

A journey in scientific research is my dream career pathway! My passion to study Biology developed when my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. During my Undergraduate course at Swansea University I was fascinated by the multi-factorial and complex mode of Cancer Development and undertook my research project in Cancer Chemo-prevention. I then pursued my Master’s degree at The University of Manchester in Cancer Research where I completed two research placements enhancing my laboratory techniques and scientific critique. I also organized my own vacation work experience at Larnaca General Hospital and Karaiskakio Foundation where I became familiar with diagnosis and processing of clinical samples. A highlight of my University life is being the president of Swansea University Dance Society with more than 400 members. Our contribution to charity events was a success with our donations to different organizations and our end-of-year show being dedicated to the Cyprus Anticancer Society, a charity organization dear to me and my mother. I am a young, passionate researcher ready to undertake my PhD project in Melanoma Genetics and I am highly excited to join MELGEN training network and collaborate with fellow scientists! My future goals are to complete my PhD successfully, contribute to the success of MELGEN and discover my opportunities as a Post-Doc!