I am a multilingual life sciences professional with training within the UK and Scandinavian market. I am passionate to learn more about the life sciences domain in Sweden, and enjoy being 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 was also working as a full time researcher at Craig Wheelock's mass spetrometry laboratory at MBB for 3 years. 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.
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.
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.
Selected First Author Oral/Poster Presentations:
- Daskalaki E, Pillon NJ, Krook A, Checa A, Wheelock CE. The influence of culture media upon observed cell secretome metabolite profiles: the balance between cell viability and data interpretability. Biomedicum Seminar Series, Biomedicum, Karolinska Institute, January 16th 2019. (Invited Oral)
- Daskalaki E, Pillon NJ, Krook A, Checa A, Wheelock CE. Experimental considerations for cell secretome-based metabolomics investigations. 1st Nordic Metabolomics Conference; Örebro, Sweden, August 26- 28 2018
- Daskalaki E, Pillon NJ, Krook A, Checa A, Wheelock CE. The influence of culture media upon observed cell secretome metabolite profiles: the balance between cell viability and data interpretability. Metabolomics Society, 14th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society; Seattle, United States, June 24- 28 2018. (Accepted Oral)
- Daskalaki E, Blackburn G and Watson DG. Defining the training effect of prolonged exercise in combination with recombinant human erythropoietin (r-HuEPO) treatment in healthy trained males. Metabolomics Society, 10th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society and the Official Joint Conference of the Metabolomics Society and Plant Metabolomics Platform; Tsuruoka, Japan, June 23- 26 2014.
- Daskalaki E, Zheng L, Kalna G, Hedley A, Gottlieb E, Durussel J, Pitsiladis YP, and Watson DG. Impact on human metabolite profiles of methodological decisions relating to the analysis of plasma and urine. 9th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society, SECC, Glasgow, United Kingdom, July1– 4 2013.
- Daskalaki E, Zheng L, Kalna G, Gottlieb E, Durussel J, Chatterji T, Frezza C, Hedley A, Padmanabhan N, Padmanabhan S, Patel RK, Gmeiner G, Watson DG, Pitsiladis YP. Effects of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on Targeted Blood Metabolomic Profiles in Endurance Trained Individuals; Glasgow Polyomics Symposium, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, September 14 2012.
- Daskalaki E, Zheng L, Chatterji T, Durussel J, Kalna G, Frezza C, Hedley A, Gottlieb E, Padmanabhan N, Padmanabhan S, Patel RK, Gmeiner G, Pitsiladis YP. Effects of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on Targeted Blood Metabolomic Profiles in Endurance Trained Individuals. International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS), SECC Glasgow, July 19 – 24 2012. (Accepted Oral)
- Møller SH, Mellergaard M, Madsen M, Bermejo A, Jepsen SD, Hansen MH, Høgh RI, Aldana BI, Desler C, Rasmussen LJ, Sustarsic E, Gerhart-Hines Z, Daskalaki E, Wheelock CE, Hiron TK, Lin D, O’Callaghan CA, Wandall HH, Andresen L, and Skov S. Cytoplasmic Citrate Flux Modulates the Immune Stimulatory NKG2D Ligand MICA in Cancer Cells. Front. Immunol., 2020 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2020.01968
- Akawi A, Checa A, Kotanidis C, Akoumianakis I, Daskalakis E, Wheelock CE, Antoniades C. BS32 Untargeted metabolomics interrogation of adipose tissue secretome from participants of the oxford cohort for heart, vessels & fat highlighted ceramides as potential adipokines modulating vascular redox signalling in cardiovascular disease. Heart., 2019. 105(Suppl 6)
- Daskalaki E, Pillon NJ, Krook A, Wheelock CE, Checa A. The influence of culture media upon observed cell secretome metabolite profiles: the balance between cell viability and data interpretability. Analytica Chimica Acta. 2018; 1037:338-350.
- Haile DW, Durussel J, Mekonen W, Ongaro N, Anjila E, Mooses M, Daskalaki E, Mooses K, McClure JD, Sutehall S, Pitsiladis YP. Effects of EPO on Blood Parameters and Running Performance in Kenyan Athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2018 Sep 4.
- Dyczynski M, Vesterlund M, Björklund AC, Zachariadis V, Janssen J, Ayala HG, Daskalakis E, Wheelock C, Lehtiö J, Grandér D, Tamm KP and Nilsson R. Metabolic reprogramming of acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells in response to glucocorticoid treatment. Cell Death and Disease. 2018; 9(9):846.
- Floriddia EM, Daskalaki E, Jensen N and Bosco A. Postdoctoral training in Sweden: too short to grow. NatureJobs Blog. Jan 31, 2018.
- Durussel J, Haile DW, Mooses K, Daskalaki E, Beattie W, Mooses M, et al. Blood transcriptional signature of recombinant human erythropoietin administration and implications for anti-doping strategies. Physiol. Genomics. 2016; 48:202–9.
- Muhsen Ali A, Burleigh M, Daskalaki E, Zhang T, Easton C, Watson DG. Metabolomic Profiling of Submaximal Exercise at a Standardised Relative Intensity in Healthy Adults. Metabolites. 2016; 6:1–16.
- Daskalaki E, Blackburn G, Kalna G, Zhang T, Anthony N, Watson D. A Study of the Effects of Exercise on the Urinary Metabolome Using Normalisation to Individual Metabolic Output. Metabolites. 2015; 5:119–39.
- Daskalaki E, Easton C, Watson D. The Application of Metabolomic Profiling to the Effects of Physical Activity. Curr. Metabolomics. 2015; 2:233–63.
- Liesenfeld DB, Rattray NJW, van der Hooft JJJ, Daskalaki E, Weber RJM, Payne T, et al. Activity update from the early career members network. Metabolomics. 2015; 11:247–8.
- Durussel J, Daskalaki E, Anderson M, Chatterji T, Wondimu DH, Padmanabhan N, et al. Haemoglobin Mass and Running Time Trial Performance after Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Administration in Trained Men. PLoS One. 2013; 8(2): e56151.
- Durussel J, Ross R, Kodi PR, Daskalaki E, Takas P, Wilson J, et al. Precision of the optimized carbon monoxide rebreathing method to determine total haemoglobin mass and blood volume. Eur. J. Sport Sci. 2011; 13:68–77.
Medical Studies, Level 2 (Läkarutbildningen)- DFM2 (Den Friska Människan 2)
Junior Research Project 4BI088 (9 hp)
- PhD in Metabolomics - Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS), University of Strathclyde (UK, 2015).
Major project involvement and funding:
- Metabolomic Profiling of Recombinant Erythropoietin in Trained Athletes (part-funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency)
- The Application of Metabolomic Profiling to the Effects of Physical Activity
- A Gene Microarray Based approach to the Detection of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Doping in Endurance Athletes (funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency)
- Level 2 Certificate in Enterprise - Institute of Leadership and Management (UK; funded application from the Enterprise Hub, University of Strathclyde)
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)
- ‘Open Science’ Ambassador - The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers
Academic honours, awards and prizes
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