Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Dr Dina Tiniakos

Senior Lecturer



  • MB BS, Medical School, University of Patras, Greece, 1987
  • Professional License in Surgical and Anatomic Pathology, Greece, 1992
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Medical School, University of Athens, Greece 1993
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. 1998
  • Fellow, Royal College of Pathologists, 2015

Present posts

  • Senior Lecturer, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University,               January 2017-to date
  • Assoc. Professor, Dept of Pathology, Aretaieion Hospital, Medical School, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece 2008-to date

Previous posts

  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, September 2013-December 2016
  • Assoc. Professor of Histology-Embryology, Medical School, University of Athens, Greece 2008-2016
  • Lecturer, then Assist. Professor of Histology-Embryology, Medical School, University of Athens, Greece, 1996-2008
  • Visiting Fellow, Dept of Anatomic Pathology, Saint Louis University Hospital, Saint Louis, MO, USA, 1995 –1996 
  • Hon. Consultant, Dept of Pathology, Patras University Hospital, Patras, Greece, 1994-1995
  • Demonstrator and Senior Demonstrator in Pathology, School of Pathological Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1991-1993

Roles and responsibilities

  • Training Lead, Newcastle Molecular Pathology Node
  • Member, Newcastle Biomedicine Biobank Access Committee

Special interests

  • Hepatobiliary Pathology
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology

Esteem indicators

·   Invited member, International Liver Study Group “Gnomes”              2010 to date

·   Invited member, Laennec Liver Pathology Society                            2005 to date

·   Member of Editorial Board of scientific journals

        Histopathology                                                                                2013 to date

        Liver International                                                                           2013 to date

        Scientific Reports                                                                           2016 to date

·   External assessor for several European research grant awarding bodies

·   Reviewer for major Hepatology, Gastroenterology and Pathology journals

 Roles in Scientific Societies

· President, European Society of Pathology                                                       2017-2019

. President-Elect, European Society of Pathology                                                 2015-2017

·  Council Member, European Society of Pathology                                             2013-2015

·  Scientific Committee, Member United European Gastroenterology                    2011-2015

   Deputy Co-ordinator of Hepatopancreatobiliary Group                                    2013-2015

·  Committee Member, UK Liver Pathology Group                                               2016 to date

    Research representative 

·  Scientific Committee, Member Hellenic Association for the Study of the Liver   2011 to date

·  Executive Committee, Member 

   Hellenic Division- International Academy of Pathology                                    2014-2016


Membership of Scientific Societies                  Since

European Society of Pathology  (?SP)                                                1989

Hellenic Association for the Study of the Liver                                    1991

Association of  U.I.C.C. Fellows                                                         1991

Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland                                 1992

Hellenic Society of Pathology                                                            1993

Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society                                               1997

Hellenic Society for Medical Education                                                2002

Hellenic Society of Anthropology                                                        2003

International Academy of Pathology, Hellenic Division                         2004

Hellenic Society of Medical Studies                                                    2004

Paleopathology Club, USCAP                                                             2005

European Association for the Study of the Liver                                  2011

British Association for the Study of the Liver                                      2013 





Main expertise in liver pathology and clinico-pathological/translational research.

Research interests

  • Chronic liver disease with focus on fatty liver disease
  • ?epatocarcinogenesis

 Other expertise

  • Intrinsic innervation of human solid organs
  • Estrogen receptor beta expression in human breast disease

Research roles

Principal Investigator (PI), Supervisor/Co-supervisor for PhD & MRes theses


  • "LITMUS - LIver Investigation: Testing Marker Utility in Steatohepatitis"

          PI: Prof. Quentin M. Anstee

          Role: Co-Leader LITMUS Histopathology Consortium

          This research is funded by EU IMI2 Programme Grant 2017-2022  IMI-RIA777377-LITMUS

  • "QUOD - Quality in Organ Donation -Expansion to Heart, Lungs, Pancreas and Islets"

        PI for UNEW:  Prof. James Shaw

        Role: Lead Newcastle Pathology activities within the Molecular Pathology Node

       This research is funded by MRC 2017-2021

  • “EPoS-Elucidating Pathways of Steatohepatitis” 

         PI: Dr Quentin M. Anstee

          Role: - Co-Lead EPoS Histopathology Consortium

                    - Central Histopathology Review

          This research is funded by H2020 EU Grant No 6344134 

  • The Newcastle Proximity Laboratory

          Roles:  Leader Training Group, Newcastle Molecular Pathology Node

          Funded by MRC  2015-2018

  • Exprloring a new perspective on the mechanism of action of glucokinase activators in liver: a pre-clinical study

         Role: Lead Pathologist

         Funded by MRC 2016-2019

  • UK-AIH, a multicentre platform for research and translational medicine in autoimmune hepatitis

         Role: Lead pathologist

          Funded by NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Newcastle 2015-2017

  • RNA Seq to identify candicate drivers of NAFLD progression to fibrosis and HCC

         Funded by MRC CiC       

  • Identification of liver fibrosis patients with NAFLD at high risk for fast disease progression

         Funded by Abbvie Inc 

  • UK-PBC, a multi-centre platform for research and stratified medicine in primary biliary cirrhosis.

          Funded by MRC

  • Clinical, histological and molecular characterization of two subtypes of alcoholic steatohepatitis (CLASH) study

          PI: Prof. Ramon Bataller, University of North Carolina, USA

          Role: Co-lead Pathologist

  • Hepatic progenitor cells and epithelial-mesenchymal transition: Role in development of fibrosis in NAFLD

          Role: PI

          This research is funded by the Hellenic Association for the Study of the Liver

  •  Progenitor cell markers in human  hepatocellular carcinoma

           Role: PI

                    Medical School, Newcastle University, UK (collaboration with Dr H. Reeves, NICR)

                    Medical School, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece                       





























SSC "Diagnostic Pathology" Stage 4 MBBS, Supervisor

CMB 3000 Research Project lead supervisor

Personal tutor

CSIM2 MBBS Pathology Tutorials, 2013-2015

CSIM4 MBBS Symposium “Regeneration and repair processes”, 2014-2016



ONC8025 "Cancer Pathology and molecular applications in screening, diagnosis and treatment"                                        Co-Module leader - Postgraduate Programme "Clinical and Health Sciences with Molecular Pathology", 

GNM8004 "Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment"          Postgraduate Programme "Genomic Medicine"

Specialist Trainee 1 Pathology Block Teaching: Liver pathology

Northern Deanery FRCPath training program: Liver tumour pathology, Fatty liver disease, Autoimmune liver disease 

Fellow, Graduate School Newcastle University


Leading Edge projects 2014, 2015