The European Parliament recently congratulated Greek biotechnologist Eleni Antoniadou for receiving the prestigious Sciacca “Science 2016” International Award.

Eleni left Greece in 2009, having graduated with a BSc degree in Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics from University of Thessaly. She continued her studies at University College London and at the University of Illinois, where she earned graduate degrees in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, and Bioengineering and Tissue Engineering respectively.

She has received recognition from the scientific community for her involvement in the development of life-saving therapies for artificial organ transplantations, and has received awards including the NASA – ESA Outstanding Researcher Award for 2012, the 50 for the Future Award, and was voted 2013 Woman of the Year at the annual British FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards.

In addition, Eleni has received several fellowships for her doctoral studies, while she continues to work as a Researcher at the NASA Mars Exploration Lab, studying the effects of changes in atmospheric pressure on the nervous systems of astronauts.