MSc Molecular Biomedicine students - Entry Year of 2021

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Petros Antonoglou was born in Rhodes, Greece in 1998. He graduated from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics of the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) in 2021. As an undergraduate student he conducted his diploma thesis “The role of HURP protein in the resistance of human breast and cervical cancer to Taxol” at the Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, Cell Cycle and Proteomics, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics under the supervision of Dr. Maria Koffa. He also completed a two-month internship in the same lab. Petros is currently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine, held by the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Eleni (Lena) Aplakidou was born in Veria, Greece in 1998. She graduated from the department of Molecular Biology and Genetics of the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) in 2021. As an undergraduate student, she performed her research under the supervision of Prof. Marirena Grigoriou at the laboratory of Molecular Developmental Biology and Neurobiology and studied the development of the embryonic mouse brain. Her bachelor thesis entitled “The role of Gabaergic system in footshock habituation in Drosophila melanogaster” was conducted in the field of Behavioral Neurobiology under the supervision of Dr. Efthimios Skoulakis at the Biomedical Sciences Research Center (BSRC) "Alexander Fleming" in Athens. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Skoulakis laboratory on the genetic mechanisms underlying habituation and associative learning. Eleni is currently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine, organized by the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming". 

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Aikaterini (Katerina) Avdi was born in Athens, Greece in 1997. She acquired her Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2021. She conducted her dissertation thesis, entitled “In vitro study of the effect of cannabinoid receptors on short-term synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus” at the department of Physiology of the Medical school of the University of Patras under the supervision of Dr. Costas Papatheodoropoulos. During her dissertation thesis, she specialized in the field of electrophysiology and worked with animal models. Katerina is currently attending the MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine at the medical School of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Polina Dimitrova was born in Bulgaria in 1997. She graduated from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics of the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH). At the end of the third year of her undergraduate studies, she did an internship in the Laboratory of Cancer Genetics, DUTH. She conducted in the same laboratory her dissertation thesis, entitled “A study of the differential expression of AKT1 and AKT2 kinases in the mouse mammary gland epithelium and stroma and its effects on the proliferative activity of epithelial cells” under the supervision of Dr. Ioanna Maroulakou. During her undergraduate studies, she has been also or one year a member of the Laboratory of Histology and Embryology of the Medical School of DUTH. Polina is currently attending the International MSc Program in Molecular Biomedicine of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Vasiliki-Maria (Vasilina) Farantzou was born in Athens, Greece in 1995. She graduated from the department of Biological Applications and Technologies (BAT) of the University of Ioannina in Greece, after a 5-years course, and obtained an Integrated Master’s Degree in July 2021. Her dissertation thesis was conducted at the Basic Research Center of the Biomedical Research Foundation of Academy of Athens (BRFAA) and her project focused on “the role of the long non-coding RNA LockD in nervous system development”. Vasiliki-Maria conducted her research under the supervision of Dr. Panagiotis Politis in his laboratory at BRFAA and Prof. Theologos Michailidis at the department of BAT of the University of Ioannina. Vasiliki-Maria Farantzou is currently participating the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Dimitra Fousfouka was born in Chios, Greece in 1995.  She graduated from the department of Biotechnology at the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA). During her undergraduate studies, she performed an internship at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), in the Institute of Chemical Biology, where she was trained in epigenetics under the supervision of Dr. Panagiotis Georgiadis. Afterwards, she completed her training in molecular biology and stem cell research in the laboratory of Dr. Costis Papanayotou at the Biomedical Research Foundation Academy of Athens (BRFAA), conducting her thesis research on the activity of the AR1 cardiac enhancer of the Nkx2.5 gene in mouse embryonic stem cells. Then, she completed a two-month Erasmus+ traineeship at The Roslin Institute and the Royal School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, under the supervision of Dr. Anna E. Karagianni and Prof. Scott Pirie. She investigated the effect of training on the immune response of the equine respiratory system at the level of the airway derived macrophages. Dimitra is currently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine, organized by the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Elena Gialinaki was born in Chania (Crete), Greece in 1997. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and biotechnology from the university of Thessaly in 2020. She conducted her dissertation thesis titled “the effect of mutation to the DNAH5 gene on male infertility” in the laboratory of genetics, comparative and evolutionary biology under the supervision of Dr. Zisis Mamouris. She also conducted an internship through the Erasmus+ Program in the institute for translational genomics in the Helmholtz Center in Munich, Germany. Currently, she is attending the International MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Eirini Giannousi was born in Greece in 1998. She obtained her Integrated Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the Agricultural University of Athens in 2021 with honors. She carried out a 4-month internship at the Department of Physiology of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). During her internship Eirini took up research projects related to tissue engineering and Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) for which she performed a wide range of cellular and molecular methods. Additionally, within the same group, she conducted her Diploma Dissertation “Characterization of Immune Landscape in Hepatocellular Carcinoma by Mass Cytometry” under the supervision of Dr. Antonios Chatzigeorgiou. She had the opportunity to gain experience in single cell isolation from human tissues and blood, and in CyTOF analysis. Eirini is currently attending the International MSc in Molecular Biomedicine, organized by the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Vasiliki Glynou was born in Athens, Greece in 1995. She acquired her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). She conducted her diploma thesis entitled “Causal association of HPV with oral pharyngeal cancer: Sequence analysis of E7-Rb binding site” under the supervision of Prof. Amanda Psyrri and Prof. Andreas Scorilas, in Dr. Psyrri’s laboratory at "Attikon" University Hospital (NKUA). Her research interest focused on the knockdown of HPV16 E6 and E7 genes and its association with p53, pRb and PD-L1 molecules. Vasiliki had also done in the same laboratory a six-month internship, which was related with immuno-oncology research and clinical studies in immunotherapy drugs. Moreover, she completed a two-month internship in the Biopathological laboratory of "Eginiteio" University Hospital (NKUA), under the supervision of Prof. Stylianos Chatzipanagiotou, and acquired there several laboratory techniques in the fields of microbiology, biochemistry, hematology, molecular biology and immunology. Vasiliki is currently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine, organized by the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Aikaterini (Katerina) Kalandrani was born in Athens, Greece in 1998. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2020 from the University of Patras. During the last year of her studies, she conducted her dissertation thesis at the Department of Medicine of the University of Patras, within the Sector of Electrophysiology, under the supervision of Prof. Costas Papatheodoropoulos and Pavlos Rigas. There, she conducted her research on the Fragile X Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. After her graduation, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Efthimios Skoulakis at the BSRC "Alexander Fleming" and performed a six-month research internship, focusing on the tau protein. Today, Katerina is a master student of the International MSc Molecular Biomedicine of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Maria Kyriakidi was born in Athens, Greece in 1998. She graduated from the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2021. Her dissertation thesis was entitled “Investigation of the enzymatic potential of ligninolytic fungi for the degradation of lignocellulosic biomass” and was conducted at the Laboratory of Biotechnology, under the supervision of Dr. Evangelos Topakas. As she aspires to broaden her horizons and pursue a career in the field of biomedical science and bioengineering, Maria is currently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine, held by the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Eliana Markidi received her BSc degree from the department of Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in 2020. She conducted her diploma thesis in the neurodegenerative diseases laboratory of Dr. Leonidas Stefanis at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) under the supervision of Dr. Hardy Rideout and Dr. Panagiota Papazafiri. She studied there the LRRK2 Kinase activity associated with Parkinson’s disease. After her graduation, she went to Barcelona (Spain) for a four-month Erasmus+ traineeship at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute, in the laboratory of Prof. Miquel Vila, to study the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease. Eliana is currently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine organized by the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Panagiota Milioti was born in Athens, Greece in 1997. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from University of Thessaly. Her dissertation thesis was conducted at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) under the supervision of Dr. Panagiotis Politis, and focused on the role of the nuclear receptor NR5A2 in glioblastoma metabolism. Driven by her enthusiasm for Cancer Research, she received a postgraduate Erasmus scholarship to work in Dr. George Poulogiannis laboratory at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, UK and investigate the molecular and metabolic fingerprints of PI3K/AKT pathway inhibition. Currently, Panagiota is attending the International MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Maria Minadaki was born in Heraklion (Crete), Greece. She graduated from the Department of Pharmacy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). She conducted her diploma thesis entitled “Pharmacogenomic approach of SSRIs in order to enhance clinical practice” at the Department of Pharmacology, AUTH under the supervision of Prof. Ioannis Vizirianakis. After the end of her studies, Maria completed a 9-month research placement at the Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry at the University of Crete (UoC) Medical School, where she worked with Dr. Maria Venihaki and studied the mechanism of action of neurosteroids in inflammation induced analgesia, in genetic ablation of Heat Shock Protein 70 (HSP70). Maria is currently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine organized by the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Eleftheria-Dimitra Ntouskou was born in Austin, Texas in 1997. She obtained her BSc degree in Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in 2021. During her undergraduate studies, she did a 2-month internship in the laboratories of Dr. Eleni Douni and Dr. George Panayotou in 2019 at the Biomedical Sciences Research Center (BSRC) "Alexander Fleming". Her dissertation thesis, entitled “Molecular and imaging study of anti-osteoporotic treatments in Tg-RANKL transgenic osteoporotic models” which investigated Denosumab discontinuation in osteoporotic transgenic mice overexpressing human RANKL, was conducted in the Laboratory of Dr. Eleni Douni, under the supervision of both Dr. Douni and Prof. Ourania Tsitsilonis. Dimitra is currently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine offered by the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Panagiota Pantiora was born in Athens, Greece in 1997. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the Biotechnology Department of the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA). Her dissertation thesis, entitled “Inhibition activity of curcumin derivatives against the glutathione S-transferase enzyme” was conducted in 2020 in the Laboratory of Enzyme Technology of the Department of Biotechnology of AUA under the supervision of Prof. Nikolaos Lambrou, in collaboration with Research Director Dr. Maria Pelecanou from the National Center of Scientific Research “DEMOKRITOS” (NCSRD). Panagiota’s work was presented at the 71st National Conference of the Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (HSBMB) in March 2021. She has also performed an additional 4-month internship in the Laboratory of Structural Studies of Biomolecules and Drugs of the NCSRD under the supervision of Dr. Maria Pelecanou. After her graduation, Panagiota has participated in the European Program “OPENSCREEN-GR”, an Open-Access Research Infrastructure for targeted scanning technologies and discovery of bioactive molecules for the protection of Health, Livestock, Agriculture and the Environment, in which she was involved in the study of interactions of bioactive molecules/biological substrates using biophysical, biochemical and cellular techniques. Panagiota is currently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Antonis (Antoine) Roussos was born in Athens, Greece in 1996. He obtained his BSc and Integrated Master from the department of Applied Biology and Biotechnology of the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) in 2020. He conducted his dissertation thesis entitled “Molecular Modeling & Bioinformatics Study of Transmembrane Transmission System of Lactic Acid as a Cellular Target of New Chemotherapeutic Agents” at the laboratory of Genetics of AUA under the supervision of Dr. Dimitrios Vlachakis. During his undergraduate studies, he did a one-month Internship at the laboratory of genetics under the supervision of Dr. Nikolaos Kosmidis using the genetic models Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) and Dacus oleae (olive fruit fly, a major pest in the Mediterranean region). Antonis went to Scotland, UK, for a four-month Internship with Erasmus+ program. He performed his lab internship at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Dr. Anna Eleonora Karagianni and studied the “Immunomodulatory effects of race training at the level of airway derived immune cells”. Finally, in order to broaden both his knowledge and his skills and to acquire an innovative way of thinking and achieve his future career goals, Antonis enrolled in the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine of the Medical School of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC “Alexander Fleming”, which he is currently attending.

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Dimitra Spyropoulou was born in Athens, Greece in 1998. She received her BSc from the Biology Department of the University of Crete (UoC), with a specialization in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Her diploma thesis was conducted in the Laboratory of Child Health at the Medical School of the University of Crete, under the supervision of Dr. Eleni Vergadi and focused on the expression of the protein DEL-1 in adult and neonatal monocytes in inflammatory conditions. After graduation, she worked in the same lab for one year as a biologist on the project «NeoPhagES: Neonatal Phagocyte Enhancement in Sepsis» and she presented her work with two posters at the 39th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (Geneva, May 2021). Dimitra is currently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Konstantinos Tziavaras was born in Athens, Greece in 1998. He graduated from the Department of Biological Applications and Technology of the University of Ioannina (UoI) and obtained an integrated Master’s degree in July 2021. During his undergraduate studies, he performed a 2-month internship in the Laboratory of Cellular Immunology of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA), under the supervision of Dr. Georgina Xanthou. His dissertation thesis, entitled “The DNA damage response of mouse oocytes”, was conducted in the Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology, at the Department of Biological Applications and Technology of UoI, under the supervision of Associate Professor Petros Marangos. After his graduation, he performed a 2-month internship in the Biological Computation & Process Laboratory (BCPL) of the Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI) - Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Thessaloniki, Greece and participated in the project “Evaluation of genome annotation datasets for metabolic reconstruction”, under the supervision of Prof. Christos Ouzounis. Konstantinos is currently pursuing his studies in the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine of the Medical School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".

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Valentini Tzimogianni was born in Greece in 1999. She graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras (UoP) in 2021. She conducted her undergraduate research dissertation project entitled “Investigation of the nucleolus’ role in DNA damage response upon rereplication in Schizosaccharomyces pombe” in the Laboratory of General Biology of the School of Medicine of UoP under the supervision of Prof. Zoi Lygerou. She was also selected by her Department to perform an internship in the Molecular Oncology Laboratory of the General University Hospital of Patras under the supervision of Associate Prof. Angelos Koutras, where she gained valuable experience in several molecular techniques such as Western blot analysis, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, immunoprecipitation, cancer cell culture, DNA transfection, DNA and RNA isolation. Valentini is presently attending the International MSc program in Molecular Biomedicine of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in collaboration with the BSRC "Alexander Fleming".