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Evangelia Daskalakis

Research administrator

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About me

I am a multilingual life sciences researcher with professional training within the UK and Scandinavian market. I am passionate to learn more about the life sciences domain in Sweden, and become active within the Swedish and EU science policy area. This came from my advocacy work as an active member and vice chair of the KI Postdoc Association (elected for 2018), my time at the Swedish Research Council (seconded during 2019), as well as my training within Open Science (2019).

Currently, I am working for Cancer Research KI as a Forskningssekreterare/ Research Administrator where I assist in the coordination of activities of this umbrella organisation within KI. I am also a part-time researcher at Craig Wheelock's mass spetrometry laboratory at MBB. Another topic that I also feel very strongly about is understanding more about our work environment. I believe that a strong component to having a productive environment, with the possibility to retain talented staff, and promote growth begins with creating working conditions that are fair, supportive and reflect the need of the staff that are inhabiting it. I have taken a pro-active mindset to help others (where possible) via the KI Postdoc Association and now will be able to more formally take action as a union representative/arbetsplatsombud for SACO-S at KI.

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Seconded Position at the Swedish Research Council (Stockholm, Sweden)

I worked on the strategic research agenda for the national program for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Sweden. Project work involved the analysis of filed patent documents describing technology that is/or can be beneficial within the area of AMR, landscape analysis of national research funding (via pivot tables and QLIK Sense), in addition to the visualization of said data in both Swedish and English. I was also involved in the co-organization, communication/promotion of an international showcase at the World Water Week (WWW) held here in Stockholm (28th August 2019) with FORMAS. 

Seconded Postdoctoral Researcher Position at the London College of Fashion (UK; from the Strathclyde University)

My Postdoctoral work was funded by the ‘Impact Acceleration Account’ (via EPSRC) of Strathclyde University, in conjunction with a private South Korean company. The funding was specific to the commercialization of research, with the plan to create a revenue stream that the University can use to further pharmaceutical interests in the specialized actives of bee venom. I was involved in setting-up a laboratory-based pathway of cosmetic development incorporating three different parties at three different sites (Glasgow, London and South Korea). This fostered collaboration, through knowledge transfer, asset transfer, and student/staff training in novel areas. This was also devised as an add-on feature to enhance cosmetic prototype value in the market- in doing so promoting research excellence of the two facilities to the commercial market.

Research description

I have research experience in exercise and physical activtiy metabolomics (from subject recruitment, study design and sample analysis/interpretation), anti-doping, cosmetic developement with bee venom actives (academia-industry collaboration project; also involved sensory science project with human subject involvement), as well as type 2 diabetes/obesity (variety of sample matrices from cells to adipose tissue). General responsibilities include managing and executing a set of metabolomics-based investigations into the role of small molecules in clinical and non-clinical studies, as well as training and supervision of junior staff. 

 

Teaching portfolio

Medical Studies, Level 2 (Läkarutbildningen)- DFM2 (Den Friska Människan 2)

Junior Research Project 4BI088 (9 hp)

Education

Major project involvement and funding:

  1. Metabolomic Profiling of Recombinant Erythropoietin in Trained Athletes (part-funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency)
  2. The Application of Metabolomic Profiling to the Effects of Physical Activity
  3. A Gene Microarray Based approach to the Detection of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Doping in Endurance Athletes (funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency)

Associated courses include; Enterprise Pathway Training and Challenge Finalist (2014) along with Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialization Course (Z1.931; Distinction) (2013; Business School, University of Strathclyde)

 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Hacking AMR 2019

International hackathon utilizing digital innovation solutions to fight AMR. Upon acceptance onto the hackathon we formed groups and went through the process of design thinking, prototype testing and business case development. Our team utilized gamification to increase knowledge and action within AMR. We won two out of three available awards (people’s choice, and the judge’s honorable mention). #TheWaitingRoomGame #HackingAMR2019

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