Eirini Vamva, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My scientific interest lies in engineering viruses to convert them to therapeutic vehicles. To do so we have to deeply understand viral biology so we can mix and match different viral and human genes to convert viruses from lethal parasites to therapeutic vehicles. More specifically, the last 9 years I have been re-designing HIV-1 derived lentiviral vectors to improve their packaging efficiency and delivery to primary cells.
Hometown: Volos, Greece
Education: PhD in Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK. BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics, DUTH, Greece
Interests Outside Lab: Salsa dancing, rowing, boxing, attempts to learn Spanish, hiking after living in Seattle, HIIT. I also happen to adore fashion and skincare. All the above is great but in the end nothing beats a good glass of red wine and Italian food.
Fun Fact: I have the memory of Dory but I can always come up with a random fact about animals. For example, did you know that if a male octopus attempts to mate with a female who isn’t particularly interested, she will strangle him and eat him? There you go, now you know. You are welcome.