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Post Doctoral Research Associates

Dimitris Panutsopulos

The Neural Crest Cells can be subdivided in four distinct populations: cranial, cardiac, vagal and trunk. Cardiac neural crest cells migrate into the heart through the outflow tract and the inflow tract. Once will invade these points give rise to parasympathetic cardiac ganglia, the tunica media of the great vessels (smooth muscle layers), conotruncal cushions and the aorticopulmonary septum component of the outflow tract of the heart. My interest is to understand mechanisms and identify factors that influence the migration of the cardiac neural crest cells and the development of the conotruncal cushions and the aorti-copulmonary septum component in mice using mouse models. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spyridon Champeris  Tsaniras

 Spyridon Champeris Tsaniras obtained his BSc from the department of Biomedical Sciences at King's College London, University of London. He performed his final year project on the in vitro differentiation of mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells towards pancreatic beta cells. During his MSc project in the same university, he continued his initial research project, further focusing on extracellular cues regulating differentiation along the pancreatic route. He completed his PhD in Prof. Taraviras' lab where he studied the role the DNA replication factor Geminin plays in carcinogenesis. He is currently working as a postdoc in the same lab, investigating the effect of Cdt1 overexpression in promoting tumorigenesis. He is working with mouse models of lung and colon cancers as well as cancer stem cells. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Doctoral Students 

Argiro Kalogeropoulou

kalogeropoulouArgiro graduated from the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at University of Thessaly, Greece, in 2011. She completed her MSc in Biomedicine at Uppsala University, Sweden, where she focused on the study of neuropeptides that regulate food consumption and metabolism. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Prof. Taraviras' group and she investigates the molecular mechanisms that underlie the differentiation of neural stem cells towards cortical neurons. Specifically, she focuses on the role of Geminin, a negative regulator of DNA replication, during early- and mid- neurogenesis. Towards that direction Argiro works with mouse animal models, as well as with in vitro systems like primary cultures of neural stem cells. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Konstantina Kaplani

 Konstantina graduated from the University of Patras with a Bachelor in Biology in 2015. During the last year of her undergraduate studies, she joined Professor Taraviras’ research team and worked on the role of Geminin in the differentiation of neural stem cells of the subventricular zone (SVZ) niche of the adult rodent brain. She was then enrolled in the two-year postgraduate program "Biomedical Sciences" offered by the Medical School of the University of Patras. In this program, she specialized in the field of Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, while her thesis focused on the characterization of an in vitro differentiation system of neural stem cells towards the ependymal cell lineage. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Prof. Taraviras’ group working on the role of GemC1/Lynkeas in the cell fate commitment of neural progenitors of the brain. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 Maria-Elena Lalioti 

 Maria-Eleni graduated from the Department of Biology, University of Patras, Greece in 2012. During the final year of her pre-graduate studies, she performed her Diploma thesis at the Laboratory of General Physiology, Medical School, University of Patras and her research work was focused on the cell cycle profile of the enteric neural crest cells in the developing mouse embryo. In 2014 she obtained her MSc in the Basic Medical Sciences program (Medical School, University of Patras) with a specialization in the field of Neuroscience. During her Master thesis her research interest was mainly oriented towards the proliferation capacity of adult neural stem cells in the mouse subependymal zone. Currently she is pursuing her PhD thesis under the supervision of Prof. Taraviras and the main aim of her research is to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms that are involved in the lineage progression of radial glial cells towards ependymal and adult neural stem cells, the two main cellular components of the subependymal zone. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

MSc Students

Ilias Glogovitis

glogovIlias Glogovitis obtained his B.Sc. in Mathematics, division of Computational Mathematics and Informatics from University of Patras in 2015. During his studies, he carried out his Bachelor diploma thesis in the field of Programming. Since graduating, Ilias is a Master student in “Informatics for Life Sciences” interdepartmental master’s program at the Medical School of the University of Patras, specializing in the field of Bioinformatics. In addition, he is working in Prof. Stavros Taraviras laboratory where his scientific project concerns the modeling of biological pathways of multiciliated cells. Contact him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Iosif Rodolfos Danalatos

Rodolfos graduated in 2017 from the department of chemistry of the University of Ioannina, with his diploma thesis on preparation of plant extracts and measuring their impact on phospholipase A2 and cytotoxicity to cancer cells. He is a Msc student in the postgraduate program Basic Medical Sciences in medical school of University of Patras, and he is in the laboratory of prof. Stavros Taraviras currently studying the role of Cdt1 and Geminin in carcinogenesis in mice. Contact him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Marianna Iliadou

Marianna graduated from the Department of Biology at University of Patras, in 2017. During the final year of her studies, she conducted her Bachelor Thesis in Prof. Taraviras’ Group at the Medical School of University of Patras. Currently, Marianna is a Master student in "Biomedical Sciences" post graduate program at the Medical School of University of Patras, aiming to specialize in the field of "Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cells". She is carrying out her Master thesis in Stem Cell Laboratory studying the role of Geminin in the differentiation of neuroepithelial cells of the mouse telencephalon during the early stages of embryogenesis. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Stamatina Koutsi

 Stamatina received her Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy from the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Patras in 2015, where she also carried out her Bachelor diploma thesis in the field of Molecular Pharmacology. She is currently enrolled in the postgraduate study programme in "Basic Medical Sciences" of the Medical School of the University of Patras following the specialization ''Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine'' and she is carrying out her master thesis in Prof. Stavros Taraviras laboratory. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Georgia Lokka

 Georgia graduated from the Department of Biological Applications and Technologies at the University of Ioannina in 2017 and conducted her Diploma thesis in Dr Taraviras' Laboratory. Currently, she is attending the first year in the Postgraduate Course in Biomedical Sciences of the Department of Medicine, in the Direction of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. She is carrying out her master thesis under the supervision of Dr Taraviras and she is focused on revealing the molecular mechanisms that underlie the differentiation of radial glial cells into ependymal cells. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Maria Mougkogianni

Maria MougkogianniMaria obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the Department of Pharmacy of University of Patras in 2017 where she carried out her Bachelor diploma thesis based on the genetic lineage between Myasthenia Gravis and specific polymorphisms of SOCS3 gene towards the greek population in the laboratory of Molecular Biology and Immunology. At present, Maria is pursuing her Master’s degree in the postgraduate study programme “Biomedical Sciences” of the Medical School of the same University specializing in the field of “Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine” in the lab of Prof. Stavros Taraviras. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

 Evangelia Parlapani

Evangelia graduated from the Department of Biology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2017. During her studies she carried out her Bachelor thesis at the laboratory of Developmental Biology, working on the role of UBE2T in hepatocellular carcinoma. At present, Evangelia is a MSc student in the postgraduate study programme “Biomedical Sciences” at the Medical School of the University of Patras, in the field of Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, carrying out her Master thesis in Stem Cell Laboratory. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Undergraduate Students

Stefanos Flordellis

Stefanos is currently an undergraduate student in the Department of Biology at the University of  Patras. He is conducting his diploma study in Stem Cell Laboratory at the Medical School of the University of Patras. His research focuses on the study of the repair  molecular mechanisms of neural stem cells of  the mouse telencephalon during embryogenesis, after irradiation exposure. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Eleni Nikolopoulou

 Eleni is an undergraduate student in the Department of Biology at the University of Patras. She is conducting her diploma study in Stem Cell Laboratory at the Medical School of the University of Patras. Contact her at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Ioanna Papadionysiou

 Ioanna is currently an undergraduate student in the Department of Biology at the University of Patras. She is carrying out her diploma thesis in Stem cell Laboratory at the Medical School of the University of Patras, since she is interested in this research field. Contact her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.