EFEM
European Federation 
for Experimental Morphology

Social Media Committee

About the Committee

EFEM's social media committee is responsible for the coordination of all outreach activities involving social media channels.

Committee Members

Marcello Trucas, MD, PhD
Lecturer in Human Anatomy for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cagliari

Ph.D. in Experimental and Clinical Hepatology (Morphology oriented) at the Department of Anatomical Sciences - Sapienza University of Rome. Member of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology and Full Member of the Anatomical Society. He specialized in Clinical Pathology, developing skills in immunology and therapy of thromboembolic diseases. Research activity focuses on morphological features of immune-mediated and inflammatory diseases of different organs, through immunohistochemistry, molecular biology, and electron microscopy techniques. He deals with the morphology of the liver in conditions of autoimmunity and fibrosis, and microvascular changes in sickle cell anemia. He has recently started working as a researcher in the Neuroanatomy Lab, Dept of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Cagliari, a facility with long-dated expertise in the neurochemical anatomy of the human and rat nervous system in normal and pathological conditions analyzed with immunochemical and morphometric methods. The experimental models are those of neuronal activation and plasticity elicited by environmental and behavioral stimuli, such as depression, traumatic compression, spinal cord injury, hypoperfusion/reperfusion, and chemotherapeutic drugs.
Other interests in Anatomy concern Anatomical Dissection and the History of Anatomy.

Christina Loukopoulou, BSc
Current PhD Researcher in Anatomical Sciences at The University of Edinburgh

Main research focus is on anatomical and clinical relevance of novel tissue-engineered bone-tendon constructs mimicking human bone-tendon tissues. Understanding and re-establishing the precise anatomical and mechanical properties of the tissue interface following injury or repair is vital in ensuring future success of replacement tissues for implantation. Additional anatomical activities include being an Early Career Educator with special interests in Clinical Anatomy and cadaveric anatomical variation as well as employing innovative teaching methods such as 3D scanning and printing.  Last but not least, Christina is passionate about increasing awareness of the role of the Anatomist in multidisciplinary projects, particularly in anatomically-driven Tissue Engineering research, for which she was awarded the 2021 Dr Sophie Miller Memorial Prize by the Anatomical Society.Early Career Member of the Anatomical Society

Paula Garcia, BSc
MSc Human Anatomy student at University College Cork, Ireland

Interested in anatomy education. Currently and developing master's thesis on the relationship between neuroscience students' visuospatial ability and performance in anatomy spotter exams. Additional interests include topics related to physiotherapy.

Meric Goker, MSc

PhD student at RCSI Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine, Dublin, Ireland

An awardee of the anatomical society research studentship and full member of the Anatomical Society. Always have had keen academic interest in human anatomy and tissue engineering since the beginning of the postgraduate journey. Had been working with 3D printers and controlled delivery mechanisms in order to mimic anatomically-relevant biological tissue substitutes. More recently, research focus has shifted towards microneedle-based technologies to investigate prophylactic steps to prevent development of diseases driven by acute joint injury. Additionally, a volunteer for surface modelling and patient simulation for the clinical teaching.

Caterina Franco, MD

Current PhD Researcher in Molecular Genetics, Biotechnologies and Experimental Medicine at The University of Brescia. Member of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology (SIAI) Caterina graduated from the University of Brescia discussing a thesis regarding the link between oxidative stress and essential hypertensive disease, analyzing the possible role of melatonin supplementation in maintaining oxidative balance and limiting cardiovascular damage. She has been interested in cadaver dissections, learning the technique both in Italy and in Vienna during her medical degree. Over the years, she has investigated the role of oxidative stress and its effect in various experimental models, including a mouse model of autism. She is interested in the field of public health and tropical diseases, which is why she took part to the Tropical diseases and International medicine Course. She is working on her PhD thesis that is focused on tuberculosis infection and in particular on the possible changes that the lung epithelium may undergo following exogenous stimuli in order to better define the role that these changes may have on the spread of the infection. Additional interests include topics related to Human health and rights all around the World.

Alex Dogaru, MD

Assistant Lecturer in Anatomy for the Faculty of Medicine at the "Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

Current PhD Researcher in Anatomy at the Doctoral School of "Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, resident doctor in General Surgery, member of the Romanian Society of Anatomy, former project coordinator for Bucharest Medical Students´ Society. Research activity for the PhD thesis that he is working on focuses on the Anatomy of the human pelvis, especially of the mesorectum, with applications in nerve sparing in pelvic oncological surgery. In addition to working as Assistant Lecturer – teaching Anatomy to 1st and 2nd year Medical Students – and as a resident surgeon – training in pelvic, hepatobiliopancreatic, endocrine and breast surgery – other passions include music in almost any form (listening and producing) and supporting football club Rapid Bucharest.

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