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On May 8th, 2024, Elena Kromidas successfully concluded the journey of her PhD with the defense of her thesis about „Human Cervix In Vitro Models of Healthy, Neoplastic and Cancerous Tissues Based on Organ-on-Chip Technology“ at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.

Elena dedicated her research to the development of cervix-on-chip models to comply with the urgent need to advance basic research and to explore novel treatment options in the field of women’s health. The developed microfluidic platform enables the culture of a multilayered ectocervical epithelium on top of a stroma in a physiologically-relevant microenvironment and can be used as model for healthy tissue and cervical infection. Elena furthermore developed cervical models to emulate precancerous lesions and cervical cancer and demonstrated the platform’s applicability for drug testing and the integration and recruitment of immune cells from the vasculature.

The whole µOrganoLab team expresses its heartfelt congratulations to Elena on her exceptional accomplishment. We wish Elena all the best for her future personal and scientific career that we undoubtly believe to inspire future generations of researchers. Way to go, Dr. Kromidas!