Vasiliki Pelekanou, MD, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Pathology

Departments & Organizations

Pathology: Rimm Lab


Dr Vasiliki Pelekanou received her MD (2004) and PhD (2008) from the University of Crete School of Medicine in Greece. She then completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Institut Jules Bordet-Free University of Brussels, Belgium. She is trained in Pathology and Cytopathology (Free University of Brussels and University of Crete). She is member of international scientific associations and ad hoc reviewer in 7 scientific journals. She holds 4 international patents. Her research is dedicated on cancer, with a special focus on breast cancer. Her main research interests are related to extranuclear sex steroid receptors, growth factors and TNF Superfamily members. At present, she is appointed as a Research Associate Scientist, at the Pathology Department of Yale University School of Medicine. Her current research effort focuses Conditional Cell Reprogramming, an innovative technique that generates primary cell cultures from normal and tumoral tissues. Vasiliki specifically aims on the investigation of this innovative cell modeling as a comprehensive mechanistic tool of tumor biology and its potential personalized therapeutic application.

Education & Training

PhD University of Crete (2008)
MD University of Crete (2004)
Resident University Hospital Heraklion, University of Crete
Resident Institut Jules Bordet, Free University of Brussels
Postdoctoral Fellow Institut Jules Bordet, Free University of Brussels, Belgium

Honors & Recognition

  • European Society of Pathology (2012)

  • Top 5 abstract, Under 34 Competition14th World Congress of Gynaecological Endocrinology (2010)

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Contact Info

Vasiliki Pelekanou, MD, PhD
Office Location
Department of PathologyBrady Memorial Laboratory
310 Cedar Street, Ste BML 112

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Department of Pathology 310 Cedar Street
PO Box 208023

New Haven, CT 06520-8023

Rimm Lab