Pathology Graduate Training Program
Cellular and Molecular Pathology (CMP) -

Name: Vasiliki Gkretsi

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology
Undergraduate Degree Year: 2001
Undergraduate Institution: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Undergraduate Major: Biology

Academic Status: 4th Year

Graduate Program: Experimental Pathology

Thesis Advisor: Chuanyue Wu, Ph.D.

Thesis Title/Research Topic: Role of integrin-proximal complexes in cancer and hepatocyte differentiation

Current Research Description: My research mainly focuses on the understanding of the biological role played by proteins that are closely connected to the extracellular matrix and actin cytoskeleton. I am investigating the importance of such integrin-proximal molecules in several physiological processes such as migration, cell spreading, proliferation as well as the mechanisms that underline them. Last but not least, I am studying the significance of these proteins in vivo using animal models that lack one of these molecules.


Graduate Honors:

  1. Received the ASIP Trainee Travel Award for the Experimental Biology meeting 2005, April 2-6, San Diego, CA, USA.
  2. Received the 2005 BGSA award for the best first author paper published by a graduate student, in the Biomedical Graduate Student Association (BGSA) symposium, October 2005, Pittsburgh.


  1. Gkretsi V., Zhang Y., Tu Y., Chen K., Stolz D., Yang Y., Watkins SC., Wu C. (2005). Physical and functional association of migfilin with cell-cell adhesions, J Cell Sci 118 (4), 697-710.
  2. Sepulveda J., Gkretsi V., Wu C. (2005). Assembly and signaling of adhesion complexes, Curr Top Dev Biol 68 (co-authorship and invited review).
  3. Zhang Y., Tu Y., Gkretsi V., Wu C.Migfilin interacts with VASP and is a biphasic regulator of cell migration (submitted)