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Eustathia Lela Giannaris PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, S7-143
Worcester MA 01655
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    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United StatesBABiology
    Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, United StatesPHDAnatomy and Neurobiology
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    2015Outstanding Pre-clinical Medical Educator, UMMS
    2019Educational Achievement (Star) Award, UMMS
    2020Outstanding Pre-clinical Medical Educator, UMMS

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    Lela Giannaris, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Translational Anatomy in the Department of Radiology. She earned a PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine and joined the UMMS faculty in 2010. Dr. Giannaris holds a number of educational leadership positions at UMMS. She serves as Co-Leader and Director of Anatomy of the Development, Structure and Function course (DSF) for first year medical students. In addition, Dr. Giannaris directs the Summer Anatomy Enrichment Program for rising second year medical students interested in receiving further training in anatomy and developing educational materials to enhance the anatomy curriculum. She is also a core faculty member in the Brain: Clinical Neuroanatomy course for second year medical students. She enjoys working with students and strives to create a positive and inclusive learning environment.  Dr. Giannaris has been honored for her teaching efforts with an Outstanding Medical Educator award.

    Dr. Giannaris has conducted neuroscience research on various topics, such as gene therapy for neurodegenerative diseases and quantitative neuroanatomy in aging. Her scholarly interests include curriculum development, self-directed learning resources, and competencies for anatomy in medical education. She is inspired by the collaborative work and innovation that comes from engaging with colleagues on interprofessional teams.

    In addition to her many service contributions at UMMS, Dr. Giannaris is also involved on the national level with anatomy professional organizations.  She serves on the Educational Affairs Committee (EAC) of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) and the Professional Development Committee (PDC) of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA).

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    1. Weaver DR, van der Vinne V, Giannaris EL, Vajtay TJ, Holloway KL, Anaclet C. Functionally Complete Excision of Conditional Alleles in the Mouse Suprachiasmatic Nucleus by Vgat-ires-Cre. J Biol Rhythms. 2018 Apr; 33(2):179-191. PMID: 29671710.
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    2. Rice SM, Schipani ES, Santos AMR, Sadaniantz KA, Roychowdhury P, Giannaris EL, Das M. Varicosities affecting the lower limb veins consequent to a unique variant drainage pattern of the small saphenous vein. International Journal of Anatomical Variations. 2018; 11(2):63-65.
    3. Collins AJ, Smith W, Giannaris EL, Orvek E, Lazar P, Carney JK, Gilroy AM, Rosen MP. Population representation among anatomical donors and the implication for medical student education. Clin Anat. 2018 Mar; 31(2):250-258. PMID: 29127734.
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    4. Estrada LI, Robinson AA, Amaral AC, Giannaris EL, Heyworth NC, Mortazavi F, Ngwenya LB, Roberts DE, Cabral HJ, Killiany RJ, Rosene DL. Evaluation of Long-Term Cryostorage of Brain Tissue Sections for Quantitative Histochemistry. J Histochem Cytochem. 2017 Jan 01; 22155416686934. PMID: 28080173.
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    5. Halene TB, Kozlenkov A, Jiang Y, Mitchell AC, Javidfar B, Dincer A, Park R, Wiseman J, Croxson PL, Giannaris EL, Hof PR, Roussos P, Dracheva S, Hemby SE, Akbarian S. NeuN+ neuronal nuclei in non-human primate prefrontal cortex and subcortical white matter after clozapine exposure. Schizophr Res. 2016 Feb; 170(2-3):235-44. PMID: 26776227.
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    6. Chen CD, Sloane JA, Li H, Aytan N, Giannaris EL, Zeldich E, Hinman JD, Dedeoglu A, Rosene DL, Bansal R, Luebke JI, Kuro-o M, Abraham CR. The antiaging protein Klotho enhances oligodendrocyte maturation and myelination of the CNS. J Neurosci. 2013 Jan 30; 33(5):1927-39. PMID: 23365232.
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    7. Giannaris EL, Rosene DL. A stereological study of the numbers of neurons and glia in the primary visual cortex across the lifespan of male and female rhesus monkeys. J Comp Neurol. 2012 Oct 15; 520(15):3492-508. PMID: 22430145.
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    8. Hackett NR, Redmond DE, Sondhi D, Giannaris EL, Vassallo E, Stratton J, Qiu J, Kaminsky SM, Lesser ML, Fisch GS, Rouselle SD, Crystal RG. Safety of direct administration of AAV2(CU)hCLN2, a candidate treatment for the central nervous system manifestations of late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, to the brain of rats and nonhuman primates. Hum Gene Ther. 2005 Dec; 16(12):1484-503. PMID: 16390279.
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    9. Sondhi D, Peterson DA, Giannaris EL, Sanders CT, Mendez BS, De B, Rostkowski AB, Blanchard B, Bjugstad K, Sladek JR, Redmond DE, Leopold PL, Kaminsky SM, Hackett NR, Crystal RG. AAV2-mediated CLN2 gene transfer to rodent and non-human primate brain results in long-term TPP-I expression compatible with therapy for LINCL. Gene Ther. 2005 Nov; 12(22):1618-32. PMID: 16052206.
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    10. Giannaris EL, Cleland TA, Linster C. Intramodal blocking between olfactory stimuli in rats. Physiol Behav. 2002 Apr 15; 75(5):717-22. PMID: 12020736.
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