Team members

Postdoctoral Fellows

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@gmail.com

PhD students

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@gmail.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@gmail.com

Spyridoula Bournaka

Spyridoula graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2017. In 2019, she received her Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Medical School of the same University. During her MSc thesis she examined the role of Geminin superfamily members in the formation of primary cilium, under the supervision of Dr. Lygerou Zoi. She is currently a PhD student studying the role of Geminin superfamily members during the cell cycle and differentiation.

Contact her at: spyridoulampournaka@gmail.com

 

MSc students

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@gmail.com

Ourania Preza

Ourania Preza graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2019. Currently, she is a student in the master program ‘Life Science Informatics’, at the Medical School of the same University. She is carrying out her master thesis in the lab of Dr. Zoi Lygerou, studying the implementation of automated cell image analysis.

Contact her at: p_ourania@yahoo.com

Eleni Chasapi

Eleni Chasapi graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2019. She is currently a student in the ‘Biomedical Sciences’ master program at the Medical School of the same University. During her MSc thesis, she is studying the role of Cyclin O in the cell cycle under the supervision of Dr. Lygerou Zoi.

Contact her at: elenichasapi29@gmail.com

Evi Koutsi

Evi Koutsi graduated from the Department of Biology of the University of Patras in 2019. At present, she is a student in the MSc program “Biomedical Sciences” at the Medical School of the same University and she is conducting her master thesis in the lab of Dr. Zoi Lygerou. She is working on the characterization of synthetic lethal interactions in the presence of abnormal licensing of DNA replication.

Contact her at: evikoutsi97@gmail.com

Undergraduate students

Lydia Koufoudaki
Eleni Kyriakopoulou
Sotiris Mavromatis
Valentini Tzimogianni

Lab Manager

Aggeliki Baka

Contact:
Tel: +30 2610997680
Email: baka@upatras.gr