Ms. Mourtzi obtained her Bachelor degree in Biology and Master degree in Molecular Diagnostics - Clinical Biochemistry from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Ms. Mourtzi is currently a PhD student from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens who joined the Duke Center for Human Disease Modeling in 2018. She relocated with the lab to continue her work within ACT-GeM. Her research focuses on synthesizing informatics tools in families with pediatric endocrine disorders to decipher genetic architecture. She also contributes to broader experimental lines of investigation pertaining to the genetic architecture of human pediatric disorders such as oligogenic phenomena in the ciliopathies. She has participated in the Hellenic Longitudinal Investigation of Aging and Diet (HELIAD) study with her research focusing on exploring the genetic/environmental factors associated with frailty syndrome. She has also investigated the role of lncRNAs in human breast milk exosomes from mothers with premature and mature birth.