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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

 

Manthos Panou

BSc Biology, MSc Biotechnology-Molecular and microbiological analysis of products and food

    

Manthos is a biologist with Master Degree on Biotechnology-Molecular and microbiological analysis of products and food" master program in AUTH. His MSc thesis was on the 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.

In 2018 he started his PhD thesis, supervised by Spyros Gkelis, in the field of isolation and characterization of cyanobacteria from lesser-known envirnoments. Particularly, his research  is dealing with the characterisation of cyanobacteria strains and the bioprospecting of bioactive compounds contributing to the emergence of the diversity of cyanobacteria, from Greece, at taxonomic, genomic and metabolic levels.

Member of  CyanoLab since 2013

 

Dimitris Pappas

BSc Biology

    

Dimitris is a biologist and, currently, PhD student in the Department of Botany, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His PhD thesis is supervised by associate professor Emmanuel Panteris and co-supervised by assistant professor Spyros Gkelis. His research focuses on the effects of cyanobacterial bioactive compounds on plant cells, using both light and electron microscopy, as well as molecular methods.

 

Member of CyanoLab since 2015.

 
MSc students

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. Her thesis was on endocrinology in fish.

Member of CyanoLab since 2017

 

 

Eleftherios Deligiannis

BSc Agriculture , MSc student

 

 

Lefteris is an agronomist specialized in plant protection. He is, currently, attending “Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Exploitation of Native Plants” (BNP) master program in the School of Biology (AUTh) and working on the effect that urbanization has, on the frequency of cyanogenic plants within populations of Trifolium repens L.

 

Member of CyanoLab since 2018

 

Graduate collaborators

Vasia Kakakiou

BSc Biology

 

Vasia is a biologist, currently working on phylogenetic analysis of eukaryotic microalgae,  isolated from marine sponges.

Member of CyanoLab since 2016.

 

 
BSc students 

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.

Christina Skodra 

Biology student

Christina is an undergraduate student currently working on genetic characterization of photosynthetic microalgae, isolated from lesser-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 lesser-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 

Manthos Panou

Javier Díaz Álvarez

Ourania Tsoulanaki [co-supervision with assist. prof. E. Chanlidou]

 

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]

Konstantinos Chnoudas [co-supervision with Dr. D. Fewer, Univ. of Helsinki]

Dimtris Pappas [co-supervision with assoc. prof. E.-N. Panteris]

Iordanis Ourailidis

Panagiotis Apostolidis [co-supervision with prof. Μ. Arsenakis]

Vasia Kakakiou

 

Erasmus students

Pablo Fernandez-Tussy (Spain)