Faculty Profile

Fotini Gounari
Section of Rheumatology
Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interests

Dr. Gounari is interested in signal transduction pathways that are involved in the development of hematopoietic stem cells into the T-cell lineage and deregulations that lead to leukemia. A major focus of research is the pre-T-Cell Receptor, that triggers the expansion and differentiation of immature thymocytes. Her work has demonstrated a cross talk of preTCR signaling with the Wnt/beta-catenin and Notch cascades. Both Wnt/beta-catenin and Notch have been directly linked with human cancer. Dr. Gounari is currently studying the physiological versus pathological interactions of these pathways in developing versus transformed thymocytes.

Clinical Interests



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  • B.Sc., 1983, Aristotelian University,Thessaloniki, Biology
  • PhD, 1986, National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK, Genetics
  • D.Sc., 1998, Rene Descartes University,Paris, Immunology