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Dr Christina Schiza

 
Full Name: Dr Christina Schiza
Position Sought: Trainee andrologist / embryologist
Primary Language: Greek, English
Address: Toronto
Ontario
Canada
M4Y2P7
Telephone: +16478317549
E-mail: Contact Christina
 Profile and objectives
I am currently pursuing opportunities to work in a fertility clinic. I had been exposed to the clinical environment, and I find the field of reproduction really fascinating. My goal is to acquire clinical expertise to complement my research background. Andrology and embryology are areas that I would be interested in getting hands-on-training.
  Main resume

I am currently pursuing new opportunities to work in a leading fertility clinic. I received my Ph.D. in September 2017 from the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at University of Toronto, where I studied under the direction of Dr. K. Jarvi and Dr. E. P. Diamandis.

The focus of my dissertation was the functional characterization of a novel male infertility biomarker, namely TEX101. Overall, the goal of my research has been to contribute to the current knowledge on reproductive biology. These new insights can be ultimately applied to facilitate diagnostics of male infertility, rational selection of assisted reproduction treatments, and development of non-hormonal male contraceptives.

During my graduate training, I was involved in collaborative projects with the two leading fertility clinics in Toronto. I had the chance to get exposed to a more clinical environment, and I found the field of fertility and reproduction really fascinating. I would be very interested in getting additional training and acquiring clinical expertise to complement my research background. Andrology and embryology are two areas that I would be very interested in getting hands-on-training.  

I am currently exploring my options for potential positions in fertility clinics in order to obtain as much experience as possible in a clinical environment. I would appreciate to get the opportunity to discuss how my skills and abilities could contribute to the goals of a team.

Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you believe that I meet your requirements.

 History
Career History:
  • 2012-2013: Lab technician, Advanced Center for Detection of Cancer Lab, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  • 2009-2010: Undergraduate student supervision, Analytical and Clinical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece
Experience:
  • Male reproduction
  • Male infertility
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Genomics (PCR / RT-PCR & Real-time PCR, Electrophoresis)
  • Proteomics (Electrophoresis and Blotting, Liquid Chromatography, Immunoassays)
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Cell cultures (bacteria, yeast, mammalian)
Education:

2013-2017: PhD degree, Male Infertility, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada

2009-2011: Master's degree, Clinical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece

2001-2008: Bachelor's degree, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece

 Personal
Personal details:
  • Empathy
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Take initiative
  • Communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Organizational skills
  • Time management - meeting deadlines
  • Critical thinking
  • Flexibility
Interests and Hobbies:
Further Information:
 Science
Publications:

Schiza C, Korbakis D, Brinc D, Soosaipillai A, Karakosta TD, Légaré C, Sullivan R, Mullen B, Jarvi K, Diamandis EP, Drabovich AP. (2017) Preclinical evaluation of a TEX101 protein ELISA test for the differential diagnosis of male infertility. BMC Medicine

Drabovich AP, Pavlou MP, Schiza C, Diamandis EP. (2016) Dynamics of Protein Expression Reveals Primary Targets and Secondary Messengers of Estrogen Receptor Alpha Signaling in MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics 15: 2093-2107

Schiza C, Korbakis D, Brinc D, Soosaipillai A, Jarvi K, Drabovich AP, Diamandis EP. (2015) Immunocapture-Selected Reaction Monitoring Screening Facilitates the Development of ELISA for the Measurement of Native TEX101 in Biological Fluids. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics 14: 1517-1526.

Schiza C, Jarvi K, Diamandis EP, Drabovich AP. (2014) An Emerging Role of TEX101 Protein as a Male Infertility Biomarker. Electronic Journal of IFCC 25: 9-26. (Review Article)

Markou A, Farkona S, Schiza C, Efstathiou T, Kounelis S, Malamos N, Georgoulias V, Lianidou E. (2014) PIK3CA mutational status in circulating tumor cells can change during disease recurrence or progression in patients with breast cancer. Clinical Cancer Research 22: 5823-34.

Presentations:

2014-2016: Robson Research Day (Annual), Division of Urology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada



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