Laboratory of Human Reproduction Medical School,
University of Crete Heraklion, Greece
Prof A. Makrigiannakis was born in Greece on 1964. He graduated from the Medical School of the Kapodistrian University of Athens (1988) and completed his PhD thesis on Reproductive Endocrinology and Pharmacology (1994) at the Medical School of the University of Crete. He was
trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete (1993 – 1997) and he received the license to practice Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Greek Ministry of Health (1997).
He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Pennsylvania, Division of Human Reproduction, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Philadelphia, USA (1997-1999) and a Clinical Research Fellow in the In Vitro Fertilization Unit, Department of Reproductive Surgery & Medicine,
Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK (1999-2001). He conducted basic and clinical research mainly on the mechanisms of implantation and endometrial receptivity, involving reproductive immunology and receptivity markers. Having already established the role of CRH in reproduction, his main achievement was the description of the mechanism by which trophoblast and desidual CRH immunomodulates local maternal T-cell immunity, facilitating implantation.
This research yielded a great volume of publications in scientific journals with a high impact factor (>5) as well as invited reviews in highly accessed journals. Due to the major impact of his research he was nominated Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Human Reproduction, Philadelphia, PA, USA and Senior Scientist in the Imperial College School of Medicine, London, UK (1999-2001). More importantly, Professor Makrigiannakis was short-listed by invitation for the post of the Professor and Chair in Reproductive Science/Infertility in the Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK (2006). His overall scientific activity has so far resulted in 157 publications with 6298 citations (Scopus) and Hindex: 38. His wide recognition resulted in being a reviewer in more than 15 scientific journals and in receiving more than 10 national and international awards. Additionally, he has been an invited speaker in more than 100 international conventions.
Professor Makrigiannakis was elected Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Medical School of the University of Crete (2001) and Full Professor in the same School (2010). He is the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Medical School of the University of Crete and
the founder and Head of the Division of Reproductive Medicine including the IVF unit (1000 cycles yearly) and the recurrent miscarriages clinic. He is also the founder and Head of the University Laboratory of Human Reproduction continuing his research on the role of CRH on implantation
mechanisms, repeated implantation failures and gynaecological cancer. Five PhD theses have been completed so far while 4 are currently on-going in this laboratory. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee of ESHRE, Executive Committee of ESHRE, Executive Committee of MSRM, General Secretary of MSRM and Executive Committee of ESCI