Christina Markouli studied Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and graduated in 2011. In 2013 she obtained a master's degree in Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology at the VUB. She joined our team in January 2014 after obtaining a highly competitive scholarship at the IWT. She investigates the effect of chromosomal abnormalities on the differentiation potential and malignant characteristics of human embryonic stem cells. She recently obtained a FWO travelling grant to joint the laboratory of Prof. Andrews at the Sheffield University. There, and as part of her research project, she worked for six months on the differentiation capacity of human embryonic stem cells carrying a gain of 20q11.21. In november 2019 she successfully defended her PhD entitled "Losing Pluripotency. The impact of genomic alterations on differentiation."