M.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicine students - Entry Year of 2018

Ioanna Angelioudaki graduated from the biology department of the University of Crete and obtained her Bachelor degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Her dissertation project was practiced at the Autoimmunity and Inflammation laboratory, at the Medical School of the University of Crete. During this project she studied how oxidative stress-induced IL-33 expression can modulate the immune response. She was also an Erasmus+ intern at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine in Edinburgh, where she participated in a study about the effects of mutations in human disease-associated genes. Pursuing a career in the biomedical research field, she currently attends the Molecular Biomedicine MSc program at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Maria Roubelakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Antonia Vlahou, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

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Katerina Dimitropoulou received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Patras. She conducted her dissertation thesis titled "Study of polymorphisms in the C2orf88 region and their possible correlation to cases of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in Greek population" at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Immunology, at the Department of Pharmacy, under the supervision of Dr. Patrinos, where she gained valuable experience and insight. After her graduation she worked in a follow-up project, which aimed at identifying novel genetic loci associated with cases of sporadic ALS in Greek patients, in the Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine group. To broaden her knowledge and build strong expertise, she is currently participating in the Master program in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with the BSRC Alexander Fleming.

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

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

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Stavros-Alexandros Doumas was born in Brussels. He graduated from the Medical School at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens "Summa cum laude". Stavros shares a particular interest in autoimmunity/inflammation, his goal is to elucidate the mechanisms underlying these disorders and successfully translate research from bench to bedside. To achieve this, he is currently attending the international MSc Program "Molecular Biomedicine" jointly organized by the Medical School (NKUA) and BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Antonios Chatzigeorgiou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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

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Konstantinos Kelepouras was born in Athens, Greece in 1994. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Biology (2017) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. His undergraduate thesis entitled: "Study of naturally derived and semi-synthetic compounds as inhibitors against the Hepatitis C (HCV) virus and other Flaviviruses proliferation" was conducted at the Laboratory of Molecular Virology at the Hellenic Pasteur Institute under the supervision of Dr. Dido Vassilacopoulou and Dr. Niki Vasilaki. During his military service, he took over the position of the head of the Immunohistochemistry Laboratory at the department of Pathologoanatomy in 401 General Hospital of Athens, where he was specialized in the immunohistochemical diagnosis of the underlying disease entities in biopsy samples from patients. Currently, he is attending the Master's Program in Molecular Biomedicine at the Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Athanasios Kotsinas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Nektarios Tavernarakis, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

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Maria Koufaki received her BSc degree in Biology with honors from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in 2017. Her undergraduate thesis, a prerequisite for her diploma, focused on the role of H2S, oxidative stress and T3 in cardiomyocyte proliferation and differentiation using the animal model zebrafish and cell lines. It was performed in the Center of Clinical, Experimental Surgery & Translational Research at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens under the supervision of Prof. Catherine Gaitanaki and Dr. Dimitris Beis. After graduation, she joined Prof. Ampatzis’ laboratory at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, in the field of Neuroscience for a 4-month Erasmus+ internship. She is currently attending the International MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at the Medical School of NKUA in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Antigone Dimas, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

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

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Mikaela Koutrouli 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 Cellular Biology at the Department of Biology at the University of Patras, where she has completed her Dissertation on the Antitumor activity of the extract of Helleborus cyclophyllus under the supervision of Dr. Panagiotis Katsoris. Furthermore, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Immunology and Transplantation of the Institute of Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) in Dr. Evangelos Andreakos’ Laboratory. Mikaela is currently undertaking the MSc course in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. George Pavlopoulos, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

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

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Maria Lala was born in Athens in 1994. She received her Bachelor’s Degree (2018) from the Department of Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She conducted her research thesis in the laboratory of Genetics, at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA), under the supervision of Dr. Ema Anastasiadou. It was entitled “Gene regulation in thyroid carcinogenesis” and provided her the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of techniques while performing molecular and genetic profiling on human tissues and cell lines. She is currently attending the MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Aristidis Charonis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

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Alexandra Papadimou studied Biology at the University of Athens and did her internship at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center where she was a member of Dr. Benitez lab, focusing on breast cancer genetics. During her undergraduate thesis project, under the supervision of Dr. Gourgiotis and Dr. Skorilas, she studied the expression of miRNAs in childhood leukemia patients in association with several prediction factors. Now she is a postgraduate student of Molecular Biomedicine and out of the lab she is a member of “SciCo Ambassadors” project, where she is involved in volunteer management and organization of Science communication events, such as Athens Science Festival, Mind the Lab and Researcher’s Night.

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

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. George Panayotou, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

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Miranta Papadopoulou received her Bachelor degree from the department of Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She conducted her dissertation thesis entitled “Study for association between the polymorphism of miRNA-196a2 T>C (rs11614913) and coronary artery disease in the Greek population” at the Laboratory of Human Genetics. During her undergraduate studies she undertook a 3-month internship at the Laboratory of Immunology at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens. Currently, she attends the MSc program “Molecular Biomedicine” of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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

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

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: 

Antonis Papaioannou obtained his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Patras. He conducted his dissertation thesis in the Laboratory of Cell Biology, generating resistant cancer cell lines to the drug Bortezomib and studying their mechanism of resistance, under the supervision of Professor Panayiotis Katsoris. Upon his graduation, Antonis joined Dr. Panayiotis Verginis’ team in the BRFAA as an intern, where he studied the involvement of T regulatory cells in tumor development. He is currently a student of the MSc in Molecular Biomedicine program. Antonis’ future plans are to pursue an academic research career.

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Panayota Kafasla, BSRC "Alexander Fleming"

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. George Bertsias, University of Crete Medical School

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Panagiotis - Georgios (Akis) Passias was born in Athens in 1994 and graduated from the Medical School at University of Crete (2018). During his undergraduate studies he participated in the Basic Neuroscience lab of University of Crete, where he was trained in basic laboratory techniques under the supervision of Prof. Domna Karagogeos. Being intrigued by the clinical presentation and the pathophysiology of C.N.S diseases, he is currently attending the MSc Program ‘Molecular Biomedicine’, his main interest being the interplay of inflammation and aging in neurodegeneration. 

First Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Paraskevi Koutsoudaki, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: 

George Tsafaras was born in 1995. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in 2018. During his internship and his dissertation thesis in the Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology and Immunology at Hellenic Pasteur Institute he conducted biochemical, structural and functional studies of pentameric ligand-gated ion channels and especially of the neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Socrates Tzartos of the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Patras in collaboration with Professor George Diallinas (NKUA). George was especially eager to probe into the functions of the human body and the mechanisms that govern diseases that’s why he 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. Georgina Xanthou, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

Second Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Kostas Vekrellis, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

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Katerina Tsitsopoulou was born in Athens in 1995. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Patras in 2017. The last year of her studies, she conducted her dissertation project, titled “Renal transplantation: Impact of immunosuppression on innate immunity” at the Laboratory of Biology, in the Department of Biology of the University of Patras, under the supervision of Dr. Tsakas. To gain more experience, she performed a two-month internship in the field of Immunology at Dr. Xanthou’s lab, in the Biomedical Research Foundation Academy of Athens (BRFAA). After her graduation, she joined the Erasmus+ program, where she was a four-month intern at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine of the University of Edinburgh, at Prof. Ottersbach’s lab, focusing mainly on the developmental origin of HSCs. Currently, she is attending the International MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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

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

MSc Dissertation Supervisor: 

Marili Vasilogianni studied at the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Thessaly (2014-2018). At the end of the third year of her undergraduate studies, she did an internship at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens. She conducted her diploma thesis at the same laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. Marios Agelopoulos, within the context of which she studied the regulatory mechanisms that govern gene expression during viral infections. Currently, she is attending the MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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

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

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Anna Vathrakokoili-Pournara obtained her B.Sc degree in Biology at the University of Patras in 2018. She conducted her thesis, entitled “Signaling pathways of phagocytosis by polymorphonuclear cells in patients undergoing hemodialysis”, under the supervision of Dr.Tsakas. She also participated in an additional project, more clinically focused, comparing different types of haemodialysis in the terms of their influence on the number of NK cells and the phagocytic capacity of neutrophils on blood samples. Currently, she is attending the MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens(NKUA) in collaboration with BSRC "Alexander Fleming" in order to broaden her knowledge on the continuously evolving field of Biomedicine and achieve her future career goals. 

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

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

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