Christiana Lekka, PhD

Christiana is a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Islet Biology Exeter (IBEx) team at the University of Exeter. Her PhD delved into investigating Tau protein expression in the human pancreas, employing advanced techniques such as immunohistochemistry, multiplex immunofluorescence and machine learning (ML)-driven image analysis. Currently, she is funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation Grand Challenge and utilises these refined methodologies along with data sciences to explore the expression of non-classical HLA-I in the development and progression of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Driven by a profound passion for unravelling the histopathology of the pancreas in T1D, Christiana aims to integrate wet-lab techniques and data science to actively contribute towards delaying the progression of T1D.