Maria received a Physics' degree from the University of Patras in 1990. She was then admitted to the European Post Graduate Program in Medical Physics & Biomedical Eng. and got a M.Sc. in Medical Physics (1992) and a Ph.D. in Biophysics & Biomedical Eng. (1999). For her doctorate research she was awarded a 3-year scholarship from the State Scholarships' Foundation (IKY) in 1993. She has worked as Associated Scientist at ICCS/NTUA from 1992 to 2002. In April 2002 she was elected as Permanent Staff Researcher at ICCS and after successive promotion elections she now holds the position of a Research Director, contributing research and lecturing work at ICCS and the School of Electrical & Computer Eng. of NTUA. Between 2008 and 2011 she also served as Visiting Lecturer at the Nursing Dept. of the Univ. of Peloponnese.
Her main areas of expertise are in cell membrane electroporation and electrofusion, clinical hemorheology and biorheology, cell membrane biochemistry, medical signal and image processing, modelling of biological systems, artificial intelligence and clinical decision support systems, design of telemedicine and home care applications, eHealth systems and services. She has published over 70 papers in international journals and conference proceedings in her areas of expertise.
She has a sound experience in the design, implementation and management of projects for the Healthcare Sector, after having participated in more than 40 European and National Research and Innovation Projects either as Principal Investigator, Project Manager or Project Coordinator. From 2015 to 2019 she has served as the Vice President of the BoD at IDIKA SA, the eGovernment Centre for Social Security Services, implementing integrated ICT systems for the National Social Security and Healthcare in Greece. From 2016 to 2019, she was the General Manager of the General and Oncology Hospital of Kifissia "OI AGIOI ANARGYROI".
At present, Maria is the Project Coordinator of the H2020 "RETENTION" project, the representative of ICCS to the HORIZON "GR digiGOV Innovation Hub" project, and she leads the project management teams of the HORIZON EUROPE projects "TerleRehaB DSS" and "DIOPTRA".