Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Health
Dr. Makris’ research interests focus on Water and Human Health issues with a primary emphasis on the assessment of human exposures to frequently detected environmental chemicals in water and food items, packaging materials and numerous consumer products. Special focus is paid on delineating human exposures to environmental chemicals that disrupt the hormonal homeostasis of susceptible individuals.
Dr. Makris utilizes methodology and techniques towards the improved understanding of human exposures to environmental contaminants associated with carcinogenic or non-carcinogenic effects (type II diabetes, thyroid anomalies, adverse pregnancy outcomes). Towards this goal, Dr. Makris collaborates with Harvard faculty specializing in environmental epidemiology and bioinformatics to address environmental health issues in different areas of the world, notably in Cyprus, Greece and Bangladesh.
Under the auspices of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Dr. Makris has started developing the Water and Health laboratory in the Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health. The ultimate goal of the Water & Health research program of Dr. Makris is to minimize the human health risk associated with chronic exposures to environmental chemicals. Towards this goal, the Water & Health research program applies improved exposure assessment protocols for endocrine disruptors and disinfection by-products that refine the degree of association with their corresponding health outcomes.
During the past 9 years, Dr. Makris has published >60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters dealing with the environmental chemistry and exposure science of environmental contaminants, including the development of intervention measures/ technologies for a number of inorganic (arsenic, and lead) and organic (veterinary antibiotics and explosive munitions residues) toxic contaminants.
Ph.D., 2004, University of Florida, USA
M.S., 2000, University of Kentucky, USA
B.S., 1998, Aristotle University, Greece