M.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicine students - Entry Year of 2017

Elissavet - Kalliopi Akrioti obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2017. Her diploma thesis titled “Investigation of EDA & WNT10A gene polymorphisms in non- syndromic tooth agenesis”, was conducted under the supervision of Elena Drosopoulou & Zaharias Skouras. She worked as a summer intern (2016) at the Template Center of Molecular Biology and Cytogenetics of EuroGenetica S.A. and her job’s title was “The contribution of new generation sequencing (NGS) in diagnosis. The example of cystic fibrosis”. Last but not least she attended as a volunteer intern the Educational Program of Medical Genetics Laboratory, University of Athens - Children’s Hospital “Agia Sofia”, in 2015.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Elina Papanikolaou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Leonidas Stefanis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Era Taoufik, Hellenic Pasteur Institute

Andriani Angelopoulou was born in Athens in 1994. She received her Bachelor’s degree (2016) from the Biology Department at the University of Crete, with specialization in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Her diploma thesis was conducted in IMBB- FORTH under the supervision of Professor George Garinis. It was focused on the identification of protein factors interacting with proteins of Nucleotide Excision Repair pathway upon DNA damage, in the terms of understanding the impact of genome instability on pathways associated with longevity and aging. She is currently attending the MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the BSRC Alexander Fleming Institute.

First Rotation Supervisor: Prof. Vassilis Gorgoulis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Prof. Michalis Karamouzis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Athanasios Kotsinas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Vangelis Bonis obtained his B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the Democritus University of Thrace. He conducted his dissertation thesis in the Laboratory of Cancer Genetics, studying the roles of BMP signalling pathway and GATA-3 during mouse mammary gland development, under the supervision of Professor Ioanna Maroulakou. Upon his graduation, Vangelis joined Dr. Apostolos Klinakis’ team in the BRFAA, where he studied the role of retinoic acid signalling in bladder tumorigenesis. He is currently a student of the MSc in Molecular Biomedicine program. Vangelis’ future plans are to pursue an academic research career, focusing on the field of cell signalling and cancer.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Apostolos Klinakis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Zoe Cournia, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Apostolos Klinakis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

Dionysis Fanidis was born in 1995 in Athens, Greece. He is an alum of Evangeliki Model School of Smyrna and in 2013 he became an undergraduate student of the Faculty of Biology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. After 4 years of studies he obtained his Bachelor Degree in Biology. His dissertation thesis, which was conducted at Prof. Ioannis P. Trougakos lab, was entitled: Study of the mechanisms of cellular proteostasis and antioxidant response during carcinogenesis. He is currently attending the first semester of the MSc programme Molecular Biomedicine, which is offered by the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the BSRC Alexander Fleming.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Georgina Xanthou, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Panagiotis Moulos, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Pantelis Hatzis, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Panagiotis Garantziotis graduated from Medical School at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with honors. During his undergraduate studies he obtained a solid academic background, as far as the clinical manifestations and pathophysiological mechanisms of diseases are concerned. He seeks to acquire a deeper understanding of immunology and inflammation homeostasis mechanisms, along with expertise in the field of bio-innovation. Currently, he is a student of the MSc ‘Molecular Biomedicine’, at the Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

First Rotation Supervisor: Prof. Clio Mavraganni, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Marietta Armaka, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Dimitrios Boumpas, National Kapodistrian University of Athens

Krystallia Gourlia was born in 1995, in Athens, Greece, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Crete in 2017. She conducted her research thesis at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology- FORTH (ITE) in Professor Christos Delidakis' Laboratory. There she investigated the co-operation between bHLH proteins of the Achaete / Scute complex and Zn-finger Snail proteins in the early neurogenesis of Drosophila melanogaster. Furthermore, during her academic studies she joined other scientific teams in FORTH and BSRC Alexander Fleming and attended various conferences, experiences which have enlarged her passion for the medical research. Krystallia is currently attending the “Molecular Biomedicine” Master’s Program at the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the BSRC Alexander Fleming Institute.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Christoforos Nikolaou, University of Crete

Second Rotation Supervisor: Prof. Christos Tsatsanis, University of Crete

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: 

Eleni Kardala was born in Mytilene, Lesvos in 1994. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree (2017) in Pharmacy from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) with Honors. She completed her undergraduate thesis with title: “Pilot pharmacokinetic study of inhaled aspirin after administration to rats” in the laboratory of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics at the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens under the supervision of Professor Georgia Valsami.  She presented her undergraduate thesis at the 18th Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Congress. During her undergraduate studies, she received NSRF (ESPA) funding to conduct a 3-month summer internship (2016) at the Quality Assurance Department of Pharmathen pharmaceutical company. She has also conducted a 3-month internship at the Pharmacology and Pharmacotechnology lab of Biomedical Research Foundation of Athens. She is currently pursuing her studies in the Master's degree Program in "Molecular Biomedicine”.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Vangelis Andreakos, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Prof. Vassilis Gorgoulis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Vassilis Gorgoulis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Marilena Katsa graduated from the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Thessaly, Larisa, Greece in 2016. Her undergraduate thesis titled ‘’Genomic meta-analysis οn breeds of Canis lupus familiaris species at mitochondrial DNA level’’ was completed at the laboratory of Genetics, Evolution, Molecular Basis of Genetic Diseases at the University of Thessaly under the supervision of Professor Zisis Mamouris. After her graduation, she conducted a 9 month Erasmus Internship (2016-2017) entitled ‘’Identification of the genetic and molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders’’ at the laboratory of Genetics at Radboud University Medical Center (UMC), Nijmegen, Netherlands. Marilena joined the MSc program in “Molecular Biomedicine” in October 2017.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Dimitris Kontoyiannis, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Maria Tsoumakidou, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. George Kollias, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Effrosyni Koronaiou obtained her Diploma from the faculty of Pharmacy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2017). Her dissertation thesis was conducted in the department of Pharmacognosy and Natural product Chemistry, under the supervision of Professor N. Fokialakis where she studied the secondary metabolites of the extracellular secretions of the fungus Pleurotus ostreatus. She has been a summer intern in Givaudan, a biotechnological company in France. She is currently a student of the MSc ‘Molecular Biomedicine’ and her main fields of interest are Neurodegenerative diseases and Inflammation. 

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Leonidas Stefanis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Panagiotis Politis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Leonidas Stefanis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Aigli-Ioanna (Elina) Legaki obtained her BSc degree in Biology from the University of Patras in 2017. Her past research experience includes a year and a half spent in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Immunology at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Patras, where she has completed her Dissertation on the genetic basis of celiac disease. She also had the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in applying immunology techniques at the Laboratory of Cellular Immunology at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA). Furthermore, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Pathology at the College of Medicine & Health Sciences of the United Arab Emirates University and at the Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology and Immunology at the Hellenic Pasteur Institute. Elina is currently undertaking the MSc course in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Vasiliki Kostourou, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Panayotis Verginis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Panayotis Verginis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

Eirini Anastasia Monogiou was born in Athens, Greece. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Crete and her diploma thesis was performed at the Biosensors Laboratory (Forth IMBB, Gizeli Lab). She focused on the Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification method and the acoustic detection of Plasmodium falciparum in blood via smartphone. Her research interests are focused on molecular diagnostics and  the development of point-of-care systems, applied in healthcare. Currently, she is attending the Master program in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with the BSRC Alexander Fleming Institute.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Maria Tsoumakidou, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Maria Fousteri, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Maria Fousteri, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Dimitris Nikolakis was born in Ioannina. He received his Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy (Honors) from the Department of Pharmacy at University of Patras in July 2017. He completed his graduate thesis entitled: "The Role of C-Type Natriuretic Peptide in Vascular inflammation" under the supervision of Professor Stavros Topouzis, in the laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology at the Department of  Pharmacy at the University of Patras. Since October 2017, he attends the Master's Program in Molecular Biomedicine at the Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Dimitrios Boumpas, National Kapodistrian University of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Prof. George Kollias, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. George Kollias, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Penny Ntavelou obtained her B.Sc. degree in Biology (2017) at the University of Patras, Greece. Her undergraduate thesis was conducted at the Biological Chemistry Laboratory, Medical School of Patras, under the supervision of Professor Constantinos Stathopoulos and was entitled “Biochemical and imaging studies of human Ribonuclease Z”. She performed a 5-month Erasmus+internship at University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) in The Netherlands, at the Experimental Cardiology Laboratory, in the field of Molecular Cardiology and Regenerative Medicine. She also had a 2-month practical training at the Biochemistry Laboratory, General University Hospital of Patras. Currently, she is undertaking the MSc course in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine.

First Rotation Supervisor: Prof. Maya Roubelakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Apostolos Klinakis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Apostolos Klinakis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

Anna Stanelou received her Bachelor’s degree from the Biology Department at the University of Patras (Greece) in 2016. During her undergraduate studies, she developed a special interest in Cognitive Neuroscience, an area that also formed the focus of her dissertation thesis with title “Study of the NMDA- Glutamate Receptor, on the Prefrontal Cortex of the Rat’s brain, after acute administration of Cannabinoids”. The thesis was performed at the Laboratory of Human & Animal Physiology, University of Patras, under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Panagiotis Giompres. She has also participated in the Erasmus + program and completed her 3-month Trainee-ship at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon, under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Ana Luisa Raposo. Currently, she attends the MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC Alexander Fleming Institute.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Efthimios Skoulakis, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Mihalis Verykokakis, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Efthimios Skoulakis, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Elli Stylianaki received her Bachelor's degree from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace in 2017. Her undergraduate thesis was performed in the Laboratory of Medical Biology, Medical School, Democritus University of Thrace and focused on the genetic basis of Psoriasis Vulgaris. Currently, Elli is pursuing her Master's degree at the “Molecular Biomedicine” program, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with BSRC "Alexander Fleming", Vari.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Vassilis Aidinis, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Pantelis Hatzis, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Vassilis Aidinis, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Athina Varveri was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She graduated from the Biology Department at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in 2016. During her undergraduate studies, she undertook a 3-month internship in the Laboratory of Immunochemistry in “NSCR Demokritos”. Her undergraduate thesis, conducted under the supervision of Kleoniki Lamnissou, was titled “Research of possible association between micro-RNA polymorphisms and recurrent spontaneous abortions”. Currently, Athina has joined the M.Sc. Program in Molecular Biomedicine at the Medical School of NKUA in collaboration with the BSRC Al. Fleming Institute.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Panyotis Verginis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Prof. Maya Roubelakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Panyotis Verginis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

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