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Michalis Agathocleous earned his BA and Ph.D. degrees from Cambridge University, where he studied embryonic retinal development with Professor Bill Harris. He performed postdoctoral work at Cambridge on embryonic cell metabolism as a Research Fellow in Gonville and Caius College. He continued his postdoctoral work at CRI with Professor Sean Morrison on hematopoietic stem cell and leukemia metabolism as a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow. In 2017 Dr. Agathocleous joined the faculty of the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Scholar.

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The Agathocleous lab studies how metabolites regulate hematopoietic stem cell function, and how the metabolism of cancer cells compares to the metabolism of the normal stem cells that give rise to cancers. The lab has developed new techniques that allow metabolomic analysis of rare cells, and is using a combination of mouse genetics, metabolomics and stem cell biology approaches to investigate the function of metabolic pathways in stem cells and during cancer initiation in vivo.

Agathocleous Laboratory


University of Cambridge (2003), Medical Sciences
Graduate School
University of Cambridge (2007), Neuroscience

Research Interest

  • Control of Hematopoietic Stem Cells and Leukemia by Ascorbate
  • Metabolism of Lymphoid and Myeloid Leukemia
  • Stem Cell Metabolomics


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Metabolic regulation of stem cell function.
Burgess RJ, Agathocleous M, Morrison SJ J. Intern. Med. 2014 Apr
Metabolism in physiological cell proliferation and differentiation.
Agathocleous M, Harris WA Trends Cell Biol. 2013 Oct 23 10 484-92
A directional Wnt/beta-catenin-Sox2-proneural pathway regulates the transition from proliferation to differentiation in the Xenopus retina.
Agathocleous M, Iordanova I, Willardsen MI, Xue XY, Vetter ML, Harris WA, Moore KB Development 2009 Oct 136 19 3289-99
From progenitors to differentiated cells in the vertebrate retina.
Agathocleous M, Harris WA Annu. Rev. Cell Dev. Biol. 2009 25 45-69
A general role of hedgehog in the regulation of proliferation.
Agathocleous M, Locker M, Harris WA, Perron M Cell Cycle 2007 Jan 6 2 156-9
Hedgehog signaling and the retina: insights into the mechanisms controlling the proliferative properties of neural precursors.
Locker M, Agathocleous M, Amato MA, Parain K, Harris WA, Perron M Genes Dev. 2006 Nov 20 21 3036-48

Honors & Awards

  • CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research (2017)
  • Gonville and Caius College Cambridge Research Fellowship (2007)
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow (2011)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for Cancer Research (2017)
  • International Society for Stem Cell Research (2014)