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Team

 

Group Leader



 

Phone: +30 2310 998 083

Dr. Spyros Gkelis       

Assistant Professor 

                       

Spyros got his Bachelor’s degree in Biology, as well his PhD in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His PhD thesis was on characterization of cyanobacteria and their bioactive peptides. Part of his PhD was at the University of Helsinki, Finland (in Prof. Kaarina Sivonen’s lab).

Since 2009 he has been lecturer and subsequently assistant professor the School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In addition to doing research (see research projects) he teaches  undergraduate/Master’s courses in Biodiversity, Phycology, Bioinformatics, Aquacultures and serves in the board of the MSc Programs Conservation of biodiversity and sustainable exploitation of native plants and Ecological water quality and management at a river basin level


PhD students

Despoina Konstantinou

BSc Biology, MSc Aquaculture and Hydrobiology

    

Despoina is a biologist with Master Degree on Hydrobiology and Aquaculture.  Her MSc thesis was on sponge-cyanobacteria diversity in the Aegean Sea, supervised by Professors Eleni Voultsiadou and Spyros Gkelis.

In 2016 she started her PhD thesis, supervised by Spyros Gkelis, in the School of Biology (AUTh), in the field of sponge-microbe symbiosis. Particularly, her research is dealing with the diversity of sponge-associated microorganisms with focus on cyanobacteria in different sponge species of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, the evolution of this symbiosis and the secondary metabolite production of sponge associated-cyanobacteria.

Member of CyanoLab since 2014

 
MSc students

Manthos Panou

BSc Biology, MSc student

    

Manthos is a postgraduate student coursing Biotechnology-Molecular and microbiological analysis of products and food" master program in AUTH and is currently working in characterization of cyanobacteria strains such as Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii. He did his bachelor degree in Biology, in AUTH, Greece, whilst his bachelor thesis was on phytoplankton in Lake Karla, Greece.

Member of  CyanoLab since 2013

Javier Díaz Álvarez

BSc Biology, MSc student

    

Javier is a postgraduate student coursing "Biotechnology-Molecular and microbiological analysis of products and food" master program in AUTH and is currently working on Odor compounds and associated genes in Arthrospira ("Spirulina"). He did is Bachelor's degree in Biology in the University of Oviedo (Spain) being specialized on health microbiology.

Member of CyanoLab since 2016

Yiolanda Vergou

BSc Biochemistry and Biotechnology, MSc student

 

 

Yiolanda is a postgraduated student coursing "Biotechnology-Molecular and microbiological analysis of products and food" master program in AUTH and is currently working on the effect of BMAA on microalgae and cyanobacteria. She did her bachelor degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, on endoclinology in fish.

Member of CyanoLab since 2017

 

 

 
BSc students 


Dimitris Pappas

Biology student

    

Dimitris is an undergraduate student currently working on the effects of cyanobacterial extracts on plant cells using both light and electron microscopy. The project is co-supervised with with assoc. prof. E.-N. Panteris.

Member of CyanoLab since 2015.

Iordanis Ourailidis

Biology student

 

Iordanis is an undergraduate student working on cyanobacterial diversity in Greece and the Mediterranean region, mainly through text data mining and molecular sequences comparison.

Member of CyanoLab since 2015.

Dimitris Karapliafis

Biology student

 

Dimitris is an undergraduate student currently working on population genetics. His thesis is on assessing the genetic diversity and structure of marine phanerogams of the Aegean Sea basin. The project is co-supervised with with assoc. prof. P. Malea.

Member of CyanoLab since 2016.

Vasia Kakakiou

Biology student

 

Vasia is an undergraduate student, currently working on phylogenetic analysis of eukaryotic microalgae,  isolated from marine sponges.

Member of CyanoLab since 2016.

 

Christina Skodra 

Biology student

Christina is an undergraduate student currently working on genetic characterization of photosynthetic microalgae, isolated from less-known environments of Greece.

Member of CyanoLab since 2017.

 

   

Themis Parisis

Biology student

Themis is an undergraduate student currently working on genetic characterization of photosynthetic microalgae, isolated from less-known environments of Greece.

Member of CyanoLab since 2017.

 

 

 

Eva Daskalaki

Biology Student

 

Εva is an undergraduate student currently working on a project regarding the microbial biodiversity of marine caves. The project is co-supervised with prof. E. Voultsiadou.

Member of CyanoLab since 2017

 

 

Alumni 

MSc Students

Georgia Papapanagiotou

Rania Lortou

Despoina Konstantinou 

 

BSc Students

Nikos Pappas

Nikos Zaoutsos

Sofia Papadimitriou

Donita Kati

Okan Kalentzi [co-supervision with prof. Ch. Chintiroglou].

Amalia Theodoridou [co-supervision with prof. Ch. Chintiroglou]

Maria Mastoraki [co-supervision with prof. Ch. Chintiroglou]

Giorgos Vergis

Manthos Panou

Konstantina Siampouli

Marilou Natsi [co-supervision with assoc. prof. E.-N. Panteris]

Antonia Kasampali [co-supervision with prof. Μ. Arsenakis]

Dimtra-Lida Rammou [co-supervision with prof. Ch. Chintiroglou]

Stamatia Ioakeim [co-supervision with prof. Μ. Arsenakis]

Anastasia Arvaniti [co-supervision with prof. Μ. Arsenakis]

Giorgia-Maria Di Lorenzo [co-supervision with prof. Μ. Arsenakis]

Maro Karageorgou [co-supervision with assist. prof. E. Loukogeorgaki]

Lena Valatsou [co-supervision with assist. prof. E. Loukogeorgaki]

Christos Papadopoulos

Kassiani Panagiotou [co-supervision with prof. E. Voultsiadou]

Anastasia Galani [co-supervision with prof. E. Voultsiadou]

 

Erasmus students

Pablo Fernandez-Tussy (Spain)