Maria is a Research Staff Member at IBM Research Zurich since 2001. Her research has mostly focused on image processing and pattern recognition techniques, used to extract meaningful information from data in different application areas, from computationaly lithography to drug discovery. Curently she is focusing on the development of methods and tools to analyze histopathological and gene expression images for clinical purposes. Maria received a B.S.(Diplom) degree in Electrical Engineering from Aristoteleion Univeristy in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1993, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, U.S.A., in 1997 and 1998, respectively. During her M.Sc. and Ph.D she conducted research in the area of medical imaging with applications to neuroimaging.