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QUALIFICATIONS

Diploma in Biology, Aristotle University of  Thessaloniki, Greece, 1980
Doctorate in Physiology, Laboratory of Animal Physiology, School of  Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1984.

POSITIONS AND HONORS

• 2003 – Professor of Physiology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
• 2018- Visiting Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, UK
• 1995-2003 Associate Professor, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
• 1989 -2003 Assistant Professor, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
• 1992-1993 Research Associate, Dept of Cardiac Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, London, UK
• 1985-1989 Lecturer, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

• 2018- Head of the Laboratory of Animal Physiology, School of Biology, Aristotle Univ of Thessaloniki
• 2012- Director of the Postgraduate Programme “Applications in Biology”
• 2009-2015 Head of the Laboratory of Animal Physiology
• 2002-2003 Head of the Dept of Zoology, School of Biology

• 1976-1980 State Scholarship for undergraduate students
• 1980-1983 State Scholarship for doctoral studies

• 2014-2018 President, Hellenic Society for Biological Sciences
• 2008-2012 President, Hellenic Society for Biological Sciences
• 2000-today Member of the Board, Hellenic Society for Biological Sciences
• 2013-2015 Member of the Board, Hellenic Physiological Society
• 2015-2019 Treasurer, Hellenic Physiological Society

• 2004- onwards Member and Chair of the Organizing Committee, Annual Meeting of the Hellenic Society for Biological Sciences
• 2009 Member of the Organizing Committee, Symposium “Cellular Communication and Signaling” Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
• 2014 Member of the Organizing Committee, 65th Meeting of the Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

• Member of Editorial Board: Nuclear Receptor Research, MAPK Kinases, World J Cardiol, Conditioning Medicine

• 2006- onwards Expert evaluator for the FP7 and H2020 European Commission projects
• 2012 – onwards Vice-chairperson in evaluation of MSCA, SWAFS SEWP European Commission projects
• 2014-2017 Sub-MC member of the COST action BM1203 EU-ROS
• 2017-2021 Sub-MC member of the COST action CA16225 -Realising the therapeutic potential of novel cardioprotective therapies-EU cardioprotection
• 2017-2021 Sub-MC member of the COST action CA16112- Personalized Nutrition in aging society: redox control of major age-related diseases- NutRedOx
• 2018-2022 Sub-MC member of the COST action CA17129- Catalysing transcriptomics research in cardiovascular disease-CardioRNA

• Invited reviewer for numerous scientific journals (Am J Physiol, Biochemical J, Eur J Phαrmacol, PLOs One, Cell Physiol Biochem, Br J Pharmacol, Arch Biochem Biophys, Hormone Metab Res, Mol Cell Biochem, Pharmacol Res, FEBS J, Int J Biochem Cell Biol, Physiol Genomics, Neurosc Res, Bioorg Med Chem etc)

• External evaluator of grant proposals for national and international funding bodies (European Union, Greek Ministry of Education, Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Italian Ministry of Universities, Science and Technology (MIUR) and others).

External collaborations
Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Heart Research: Dr T. Ravingerova
University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Victor Babes”: Prof. Danina Muntean
School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading UK: Prof. A. Clerk
Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA): Dr Y. Capetanaki, M. Mavroidis
University of Athens, Medical School: Prof EK Iliodromitis
University of of Athens, School of Pharmacy: Dr I. Andreadou

Memberships of professional bodies
Hellenic Society for Biological Sciences (Member of Board)
International Society for Heart Research
UK Biochemical Society
American Physiological Society
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hellenic Physiological Society (Member of Board)

Invited lectures
Intracellular signalling pathways: the role of protein kinases in cardiac myocytes. 18th Annual Meeting of the Hellenic Society for Biological Sciences, May 1996
Stress-activated MAPKs. XVI World Congress of the International Society for Ηeart Research, May 1998
Intracellular signaling via mitogen-activated protein kinases pathways in the heart. Department of Pharmacology, University of Florence, March 2001
Signalling via mitogen-activated protein kinases pathways in the heart. «The 1rst Athens Exchange of Cardiological Research Ideas», Department of Pharmacology, Medical School, University of Athens, February 2002.
Signal transduction mechanisms in cardiac pathophysiology. Working group seminars of the Hellenic Society of Cardiology, Athens, February 2002.
The role of protein kinases in cardiac hypertrophy. 24th Annual Meeting of the Hellenic Society for Biological Sciences, May 2002. Transcriptional regulation by alpha-1 adrenergic receptors in the heart.  «The 2nd Athens Exchange of Cardiological Research Ideas», Department of Pharmacology, Medical School, University of Athens, January, 2003
Signalling for hypertrophy and apoptosis in the heart. «The 3rd Athens Exchange of Cardiological Research Ideas», Department of Pharmacology, Medical School, University of Athens, January 2004.
Oxidative stress and apoptosis in cardiac myocytes: the role of Bcl-2 family proteins. 26th Annual Meeting of the Hellenic Society for Biological Sciences, May 2004
Signal transduction mechanisms in the heart. Seminars of the Department of Pharmacology, University of Thessaloniki, June 2004 Signaling in cardiac myocyte hypertrophy and apoptosis. Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, September 2005
Oxidative stress and apoptosis in the heart: signaling mechanisms regulating Bcl-2 family proteins. Working groups seminars of the Hellenic Society of Cardiology, Thessaloniki, February 2007
Signaling in cardiac myocyte apoptosis and survival. Timisoara, Romania, October 2007.
Signaling in cardiac pathophysiology: hypertrophy or apoptosis? “Democritos” Research Center, Athens, April 2008
Signaling pathways in cardiac myocyte hypertrophy and apoptosis.  Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ηeart Research, Athens 2008
Emerging molecular targets in treating cardiac hypertrophy. Working groups seminars of the Hellenic Society of Cardiology, Thessaloniki February 2009
Oxidative stress in the heart: competing cytoprotective and pro-apoptotic mechanisms. Working groups seminars of the Hellenic Society of Cardiology, Thessaloniki February 2010
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors as therapeutic targets in cardiac pathologies. 14th Hellenic Symposium of Medicinal Chemistry, Thessaloniki, April 2010
Adaptive mechanisms in the diabetic myocardium: an alternative form of endogenous cardioprotection. Seminars of the working groups of the Hellenic Society of Cardiology, Thessaloniki, February 2012
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors as therapeutic targets in cardiac pathologies. Conference and Advanced Workshop in “Sudden Death and Cardioprotection”, Timisoara Romania, 6-9 September 2012
Novel pathways for cardioprotection: the role of nuclear receptor PPARβ/δ in the diabetic myocardium. Dept of Pharmacology, Sch of Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest. April 2014
In search for new molecular targets for the treatment of diabetic cardiomyopathy: an experimental approach. 41st Panhellenic Congress for Endocrinology and Metabolism. Porto Heli, 14-17 May 2014
The cardioprotective role of PPARs: new data using a genetic animal model of cardiac failure. Seminars of the working groups of the Hellenic Society of Cardiology, Ioannina, February 2015
Exploring newer cardioprotective strategies: PPARs in perspective. Advances in Cardiovascular Research, 2-5 September 2015, Smolenice Castle, Slovakia
Protein kinase signaling in cardioprotection: focus on MSK1. 2nd EUROPEAN SECTION MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF CARDIOVASCULAR SCIENCES, Belgrade 8-10 October 2015
PPARβ/δ signaling in the stressed heart. 1st Olympiad in Cardiovascular Medicine. International Symposium on Experimental & Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine. May 17-19, 2018 – Athens, Greece
Cardiac metabolic control and autophagy: the role of PPARβ/δ signaling in the metabolically stressed heart. 4th Congress of the Physiological Sciences of Serbia with International participation. September 19-22, 2018-Nis, Serbia

PPARβ/δ at the cross talk between cardiac metabolism and mitochondrial dynamics. Federation of European Physiological Societies Congress 2019, Bologna – Italy, September 10-13, 2019

Phytochemicals in the combat against cardiac diseases. NutRedOx COST Meeting. Lisbon, October 2-4, 2019

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