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Biography

Dr Christina Begka completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ioannina in Greece. She performed her Masters in Medical Biology in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Subsequently, she completed her PhD in the Immunology and Cancer at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, where as part of her studies she was trained as a specialist in murine endoscopic and diagnostic procedures. Immediately after her PhD, Dr. Begka joined the Respiratory Immunology Group at Monash University on the Alfred Hospital precinct. Building upon her endoscopy expertise, Dr. Begka has established cutting-edge bronchoscopic methods for simulating fibrotic diseases (silicosis and IPF models) in mice that faithfully recapitulate human disease pathophysiology. Her current research in silicosis is supported by a 3-year Fellowship from the Dust Disease Board, iCare of NSW. Dr. Begka is also part of an NHMRC funded team that established a multi-omics analysis pipeline (lipidome, metabolome, gene expression) of broncho-alveolar lavage fluid from lung transplantation recipients at the Alfred Hospital, which is currently being employed to characterise the lung environment of these patients with a view to predicting lung allograft health trajectories.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Fibrosis
  • Lung Fibrosis
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Endoscopy
  • Bronchoscope
  • Mouse endoscopy

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