Imperial College London

Ms Christina Vagena-Pantoula (She/Her)

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Research Postgraduate







Bessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Christina is a PhD student within the Department of Bioengineering supervised by Dr Julien Vermot. Her research project places mechanical forces in the focus of effectors of heart development and integrates newly defined mechanotransduction pathways into the preexisting knowledge on signalling pathways involved in valve morphogenesis. She combines live imaging techniques, cell biology and genetic analysis to characterise the physical stimuli and molecular mechanisms that specify cell responses to flow forces during embryogenesis using zebrafish as a model organism.

Prior to this position, Christina served as a Core Genomics, Histology and Microbiology departmental technician, leading the management of the relevant Core Facilities within the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College. She also served as a research assistant at the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College, investigating the molecular basis of pathogenicity of novel oomycete pathogens in Caenorhabditis elegans. Christina studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece and obtained a Master's degree in Translational Research in Biomedicine.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Vignes H, Vagena-Pantoula C, Prakash M, et al., 2022, Extracellular mechanical forces drive endocardial cell volume decrease during zebrafish cardiac valve morphogenesis, Developmental Cell, Vol:57, ISSN:1534-5807, Pages:598-+

Garefalaki V, Kontomina E, Ioannidis C, et al., 2019, The actinobacterium Tsukamurella paurometabola has a functionally divergent arylamine N-acetyltransferase (NAT) homolog, World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology, Vol:35, ISSN:0959-3993, Pages:1-18

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