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Meet the team

Prof. Electra Gizeli, FRSC
Group Leader

Electra Gizeli is a Professor in the Dept. of Biology at the University of Crete and Affiliated Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH).

Dr. Achilleas Tsortos
Staff Research Scientist

Biophysicist with research interests including biointerfaces, biomaterial crystal growth, polymer adsorption, protein folding thermodynamics and molecular bioacoustics.

Senior Researchers

Dr. Martha Valiadi
Senior Research Associate
Project lea

Marine molecular biologist leading the development of nucleic acid sensors as part of the EU project TechOceanS.

Dr. Ilya Reviakine
Senior Research Associate

Biophysical chemist interested in interfaces between biological and artificial systems, surface analytics, blood-biomaterial interactions, and biosensing.

Dr. Frédéric Verret
Postdoctoral researcher

Molecular microbiologist involved in the development of nucleic acid sensors as part of the EU project TechOceanS


Dr. Dimitra Chronaki
Post-doctoral Researcher

Biologist, currently developing an acoustic immunoassay to detect antibodies/antigens in patients samples

Dr. Anastasia P. Galanopoulou
Postdoctoral researcher

Biologist interested in enzyme and microbial biotechnology.

Stylianos-Nektarios Grammatikos
Research Assistant

Currently working on synthesis, characterization and functionalization of nanoparticles as signal amplifiers in acoustic biosensors.

Postdoctoral Researchers
Katherine Hartle-Mougiou
PhD student

Marine molecular biologist currently working on developing a platform for in situ marine invasive species detection.

Maria Megariti
Research Assistant
Lab manager

I am a plant molecular biologist with interests in plant pathogens detection, using isothermal amplification techniques.

Angelos Ntimtsas
Research Assistant

Currently working on a Surface Acoustic Wave platform combining 3D printing technology and instrumentation prototyping.

Foteini Papagavriil
PhD Student

Master student in Protein Biotechnology, currently working on detection and characterization of conformational changes of proteins using acoustic biosensors.

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Dr. Anastasios Samarentsis
Postdoctoral researcher

Mechanical engineer developing a combined Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) and Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) biosensing platform.

Vaia Tsiakalou
Research Assistant

Currently working on developing molecular methodologies for point-of-care testing.

Masters Students

Anna Dimitriadi
Masters Students

MSc candidate in “Molecular Biology and Biomedicine”, designing a molecular assay detecting Sickle Cell Disease point-mutation at the point-of-care.

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