Foteini Kakulas (nee Hassiotou)

Foteini Kakulas (nee Hassiotou) graduated from the Aristotle University of Greece in 2005 with a B.Sc. in Biology and First Class Honours in Microbiology. She then migrated to Australia and started a PhD in 2006 in Plant Physiology at The University of Western Australia (UWA), which she completed in 2009. Shortly after, she joined the Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group of UWA commencing a second PhD on breastfeeding physiology, the cellular composition of breastmilk, and breast cancer. Her second PhD included ground-breaking reports, such as the discovery of pluripotent stem cells in breastmilk, and the development of tools to assess the health status of the lactating breast. Dr Kakulas is now a Research Fellow at the UWA Hartmann group, directing the Cell Biology Team of the group. Her research concentrates on the maternal cells that are present in breastmilk and their involvement in health and disease.