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Joanna Halkias


Early-life immune researcher and amateur gardener

Dr. Joanna Halkias is a neonatologist who cares for premature and critically ill newborns. Her research focuses on human immune development early in life. She studies the ways immune cells injure the developing brain, intestines and lungs in premature infants.

Halkias earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, an affiliate of the University of Southern California. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in immunology at the University of California, Berkeley.

In her free time, Halkias enjoys spending time outdoors, camping and hiking. She is a native Spanish speaker and also fluent in Greek.

  • Education

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD, 2001

  • Residencies

    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Pediatrics, 2004

  • Fellowships

    University of Southern California, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 2007

    UC Berkeley, Immunology, 2013

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

The health of the babies we care for drives us to find solutions in the lab.

Where I see patients (1)

    Smell the roses

    Wander outside into our Butterfly Garden in Oakland and our healing gardens at Mission Bay.

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