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Prof. M.T. Camilleri-Podesta`
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Prof. Marie Therese Camilleri-Podestà

Professor Marie Therese Camilleri Podesta graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Malta in 1969. She was appointed research assistant at the University of Malta in 1971, graduated M.Phil., from Malta in 1975 and completed her Ph.D. at Guy’s Hospital, London in 1979.  Professor Camilleri was the first female to be appointed full time professor and head of Department in 1981. 

She has headed the department of Anatomy several times and has also been acting head of the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry in the past.  She is responsible for the teaching of anatomy to medical and dental students as well as to paramedical students.  She is also an ex ufficio member of the Faculty Board of Medicine and Surgery and that of Dental Surgery and is chairperson of the Faculty Admissions Committee.  She has collaborated with the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Malta and with the Department of Pathology to carry out in vitro testing on human cancer cell lines of various extracts from conifers and flowering plants, members of the lamiacae and asteraceae.  The main work has concentrated on the induction of cyto-toxicity on specific cancer cell lines and comparison of the activity on normal cells. Internationally, collaborations are ongoing with the Department of Bio-organic Pharmacy of Pisa and Nottingham University, U.K. 

Professor Camilleri has supervised a number of graduate students reading for both M.Phil., and Ph.D. qualifications.  She is also a member of the University Research Ethics Committee and of the ACCESS – Disability Support Committee.

Professor Camilleri is also appointed by the Maltese Law courts to carry out medico-legal post-mortem examinations. In addition, she is a member of the Council of Health. 

Recent Publications

Buhagiar, J.A., Bertoli, A., Camilleri-Podesta, M.T. and Pistelli,L. In Vitro Apoptotic Bioactivity of Flavonoids from Astragalus Verrusosus Moris (2008) Natural Product Communications Vol. 3, Issue 12, 2007-2012

Darmanin, S., Schembri Wismayer, P., Camilleri Podesta, Micallef, M.J., and Buhagiar, J.A. An extract from Ricinus Communis L. leaves possesses cytotoxic properties and induces apoptosis in SK-MEL-28 human melanoma cells. (2009) Natural Product Research Vol. 23, No. 6, 561-571
Last Updated: 20 July 2009

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