Dr. Maverakis is an award-winning physician-scientist at the University of California, Davis. He has a long-standing interest in autoimmunity that began while working in the laboratory of the late Eli Sercarz, Ph.D. as undergraduate at UCLA. (Dr. Sercarz was an early pioneer in autoimmune research)
Dr. Maverakis continued his research endeavors as a medical student at Harvard Medical School and as a Howard Hughes Fellow at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology. After completing his clinical training in dermatology and his basic science training in immunology, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis.
At UC Davis he is now the director of a multidisciplinary clinic that specializes in treating patients with severe immune-mediated diseases. He is also the Director of Autoimmunity and Director of the UC Davis Immune Monitoring Core. As a clinical researcher, he is the PI on a variety of investigator-initiated and company-sponsored clinical studies, including phase II/III clinical trials that are testing the safety and efficacy of novel therapeutics for the treatment of immune-mediated diseases.
He is also the principal investigator of a large multidisciplinary research team that studies the pathophysiology of autoimmunity. Other areas of interest include stem cell applications to human diseases, clinical trial design and outcome measures, and melanoma immunotherapy. He is also a member of the world renowned UC Davis Foods for Health Institute where he is researching the interplay between diet and the immune system.
Dr. Maverakis's research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Spatz Foundation. See below for a list of his research awards.
MD Summa Cum Laude, Harvard Medical School | NIH Director's New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health | Career Award for Medical Scientists, Burroughs Welcome Fund | Physician-Scientist Career Award, Howard Hughes Medical Institute | PECASE, President Barack Obama