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Dr Maria Liaskos Senior Lecturer, Physiology Anatomy & Microbiology

Dr Maria Kaparakis-Liaskos is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Host-pathogen Interactions Laboratory at La Trobe University and Deputy Director of the La Trobe Research Centre for Extracellular Vesicles. Dr Liaskos' research ultimately focuses on answering two fundamental questions: how do bacteria and their products cause disease in the host, and how does the host detect and respond to these bacterial pathogens and their products. Her primary research interests are focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions with particular focus on Helicobacter pylori and bacterial membrane vesicles.Dr Liaskos' laboratory uses advanced imaging, molecular and immunological techniques to examine the cellular and molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis mediated by bacteria and bacterial membrane vesicles.

Dr Liaskos has been awarded multiple international and national awards, including an Inaugural veski Inspiring Women Fellowship, a Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award and the International Milstein Young Investigator Award.

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