Team members

Postdoctoral Fellows

Nickolaos Nikiforos Giakoumakis

Nickolaos graduated from the Biology Department of the University of Crete with expertise in molecular biology and biotechnology in 2009. He  received his Master’s degree from the Interdepartmental Master’s Program “Informatics for Life Sciences” with expertise in Bioinformatics in 2012. He received his PhD in 2017 from the University of Patras. Currently he is working on Functional Microscopy Techniques in live cells, Cell tracking and Image Analysis concerning Replication Licensing Factors after DNA damage. Contact him at nickngiak[at]gmail[dot]com

Marina Armpi

Marina graduated from the Department of Biology in the University of Patras in 2008 and she pursued her Master’s degree in Biology in the same Department. During her MSc thesis she examined the involvement of signaling molecules in bacterial phagocytosis (Arbi M et al., Dev. Comp. Immunol., 2011) and she gained experience in Cellular and Molecular Biology techniques. She completed her Master in 2010 and after working as a scientific researcher in the Laboratory of Molecular Oncology in the University Hospital of Patras, she carried out PhD research at the Medical School of the University of Patras, under the supervision of Dr. Lygerou Zoi. Her PhD thesis concerned the role of Geminin family members in multiciliogenesis. She characterized the novel role of the protein GemC1 in multiciliate cell differentiation and published this work in EMBO Reports (Arbi et al., EMBO Rep., 2016). During her PhD studies she gained extensive experience in diverse techniques, including experience in handling, establishing and maintaining transgenic mouse colonies, isolation and maintenance of primary mouse tracheal epithelial cells, cell culture of established primary and cancer cell lines. She became skilled with many Cellular and Molecular Biology techniques and she set up 2nd and 3rd generation lentiviral based systems for the expression of different proteins in cells. She is also a member of the Advanced Light Microscopy Facility of the University of Patras and she acquired skills not only for using different types of microscopes, but also transferring this knowledge to the new members of the facility. Currently, she is working as a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Lygerou’s lab and focuses on centriole and cilia biology. Contact her at: armpimarina[at]gmail[dot]com

PhD students

Alexandra Kanellou

Alexandra graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras. She received her Master’s degree in Basic Medical Sciences, from the Medical School of the University of Patras. During her master’s she studied the effects of a chemical compound on the Cdt1-Geminin complex and the cell cycle of cancer cell lines. She is currently a PhD student, working on the cell cycle regulation of mouse embryonic stem cells in relevance to their self-renewal/proliferation, their differentiation and their response after DNA damage. Contact her at a[dot]kanellou[at]hotmail[dot]com

Stella Maxouri

Stella graduated from the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department of the Democritus University of Thrace in 2011 and in 2014 she received her Master’s degree from the Interdepartmental Master’s Program “Molecular Biology and Biomedicine" of the University of Crete. She is currently a PhD student working on the role of replication timing regulators in the process of DNA re-replication in fission yeast.

Contact her at s.maxouri[at]gmail[dot]com

Andreas Panagopoulos

Andreas graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2012. He received his MSc degree from “Basic Medical Sciences” masters program at the Medical School of the University of Patras in 2014. As a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Zoi Lygerou he is studying the involvement of replication licensing factors in DNA damage response by employing functional microscopy techniques.

Contact him at panagopouloss.a[at]gmail[dot]com

Patroula Nathanailidou

Patroula graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2012 and she received her Master degree from the « Basic Medical Sciences» masters program at the Medical School of the University of Patras in 2014. She is currently a Phd student under the supervision of Dr. Zoi Lygerou and she is studying the control mechanisms of DNA replication and repair in fission yeast.

Contact her at patroula.nathanailidou[at]gmail[dot]com

Michalis Petropoulos

Michalis graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2014. He received his Master degree from the “Biomedical Sciences” masters program at the Medical School of the University of Patras in 2016. During his master’s he studied the role of replication licensing factors Cdt1 and Cdc6 in gene amplification and drug resistance. He is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Zoi Lygerou and focuses on DNA replication stress and genomic instability

Contact him at mchpetr[at]gmail[dot]com

Nibal Badra

Nibal graduated in 2014 from the Department of Biology of the University of Granada (Spain) with expertise in biochemistry of human pathology. She studied a MSc in Regenerative Biomedicine at the Biomedical Research Centre of Granada (CIBM) by 2015. She also received a second MSc in Biological Analysis and Laboratory Diagnosis at the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Granada by 2016. She is currently working on synthetic lethal interactions with DNA replication licensing aberrations as an ESR in H2020 MSCA ITN-ETN SYNTRAIN Network funded by the European Commission.

Contact her at nibalbadra[at]gmail[dot]com

Eirini Kaselimi

Eirini graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2015. In 2017, she received her Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Medical School of the same University, where she studied the role of Cdc18 overexpression in gene amplification and drug resistance in fission yeast. She is currently pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Zoi Lygerou studying the cellular mechanisms that preserve genome's stability during DNA replication stress.

Contact her at: irenekaselimi[at]gmail[dot]com

   

MSc students

Manos Sideris

Manos graduated from the school of mechanical engineering of the National Technical University of Athens in 2016. He is currently a Msc student in the Joint Postgraduate Programme "Informatics for Life Sciences". He is carrying out his master thesis in the lab of Dr. Zoi Lygerou, where he makes use of computational methods in order to model the recruitment of proteins as DNA damage response.

Contact him at: sideris_man[at]yahoo[dot]com

Grigorios Koulouras

Grigorios is a graduate in "Computer Systems Engineering" (B.Sc.) and in November 2015 he graduated with a Master of Science degree in "Applied Information Systems". Both degrees were awarded from the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences which is located in Athens, Greece. Currently he is enrolled in a second MSc programme in "Informatics for Life Sciences" focusing on Bioinformatics at the Medical School of the University of Patras. Grigorios has also acquired 8-years of work experience as a Software Engineer with three different companies between 2007 and 2015. His research interests include NGS data Analysis and Sequence Analysis using computational and data mining methods.

Contact him at: mail [a.t.] grigoriskoulouras [d.o.t.] com

Vasiliki Petroulaki

Vasiliki graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2016. At present, she is a MSc. student in the Biomedical Sciences master program at the Medical School of the same university. She is carrying out her master thesis in the lab of Dr. Zoi Lygerou, where she investigates the expression of the proteins that participate in multicilliate cell differentiation during the cell cycle.

Contact her at: petroulakiv[at]gmail[dot]com

Spyridoula Bournaka

Spyridoula graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2017. At present, she is a MSc. student in the Biomedical Sciences master program at the Medical School of the same University. She is carrying out her master thesis in the lab of Dr. Zoi Lygerou, where she investigates the differentiation of multicilliated cells using an ex vivo mouse tracheal epithelial cell culture system (MTECs).

Contact her at: spyridoulampournaka[at]gmail[dot]com

Stavroula Tsaridou

Stavroula graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2017. She is currently a Msc student in ‘Biomedical Sciences’ master program at the Medical School of the same University and she is carrying out her master thesis under the supervision of Prof. Zoi Lygerou. She is studying the role of GemC1 and McIdas proteins, two central regulators of multiciliogenesis, during the cell cycle.

Contact her at: st.tsaridou[at]gmail[dot]com

Margarita Skamnelou

Margarita Skamnelou is a graduate of the Department of Biology of the University of Patras. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in ‘Biomedical Sciences’ master program at the Medical School of the same University. As a Msc candidate in the lab of Dr. Zoi Lygerou, she is investigating the transcriptional pathways that control multiciliogenesis.

Contact her at: margaritalou9[at]gmail[dot]com

Undergraduate students

 

Ourania Preza

Christina Emmanouil

Lab Manager

 

Aggeliki Baka

Contact:

Tel: +30 2610997680

Email: baka[at]upatras[dot]gr