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Chiara Currà is a researcher at the Foundation for Research and Technology  (FORTH)– Hellas working in the field of infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitoes with a special focus on malaria parasite and interaction with its vector Anopheles gambiae. During her B.Sc project, Dr Currà studied the persistence of Anopheles mosquitoes in the Italian territory and the epidemiology of malaria cases in Italy since 1971, when Italy was declared malaria-free country, to nowadays. Dr Currà focused her research in malaria mosquito stages since her PhD studies at the University of Torvergata in Rome and University of Montpellier 2, France. Before to join Siden-Kiamos lab at FORTH in 2013 as Marie Curie fellow, she was a post doc at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr Currà is author and co-author of 15 publications in International journals. She collaborates with other groups in Europe (Dr. Ponzi Marta in Rome, Dr. Maria Mota in Lisbon, Prof. Nardini in Milano, Prof. Catherine Braun-Breton in France) and Brazil (Prof. Claudio Marinho and Prof. Celia Garcia) and actively participates to international conferences and workshops.

Mr. George Flamourakis is a 2nd year Ph.D. candidate in University of Crete, Department of Materials science and Technology and Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL), Foundation for Research and Technology- Hellas (FORTH). He received his Bachelor degree from the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly and his Bachelor Thesis was completed in the Department of Immunology Genetics and Pathology, Uppsala University, Sweden under ERASMUS student exchange program. He received his Master degree from the National University of Athens in Molecular Biomedicine where he focused on developing innovative lentiviral vectors for the Gene therapy of B- thalassemia. His main research focuses on laser made 3D printed metamaterial as scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications.

Odysseas Tsilipakos received the diploma and Ph.D. degrees from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) in 2008 and 2013, respectively. From 2014 to 2015 he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with AUTh. Since 2016 he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH). His research interests span metasurfaces and metamaterials, plasmonics and nanophotonics, nonlinear optics in resonant and waveguiding structures, graphene and 2D photonic materials, and theoretical and computational electromagnetics. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of The Optical Society (OSA).

Dr Antonia Marazioti, Biologist, Postdoctoral Researcher at FORTH/ICEHT. Master and PhD in Neurosciences in the Department of Medicine, University of Crete. She has gained research experience in national scientific institutions (University of Crete, Athens and Patras and FORTH/ICEHT). Her research interests focus on the fields of Neurosciences, Thoracic Cancer Biology, angiogenesis and immune response during cancer progression and Nanomedicine for effective and targeted drug delivery in the CNS and diseased pleural cavity. In parallel, she has teaching experience in Human Physiology for many academic years (2009-present, University of Patras). She has participated in International and National conferences. She has participated in 4 Conferences as an invited speaker. She has 26 refereed journal papers ( with total citations >680. She has participated in 3 book chapters. She has gained 4 Young Scientist Sponsorships for participation in conferences, 1 Research Award by the Hellenic Association for Molecular Cancer Research and Herakleitos I Research Scholarship for completing PhD

KYRIAKOS FILINTOGLOU received his Diploma in Physics from the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) in 2009 and he completed in 2011 the postgraduate course of Physics of Materials in the same department. Subsequently, he was undertaken his PhD studies entitled “Spectroscopic studies of nanostructures with applications in opto- and microelectronics”, which he successfully completed in 2016. He held a postdoctoral fellow position at the institute of chemical engineering sciences – FORTH (January 2019 – January 2020). He is a postdoctoral fellow at the department of physics of the Aristotle University since February of 2020. His research interest focused in the study of carbon, and semiconducting nanostructures (Transition Metal Dichalcogenides, nitrides semiconductors), mainly by optical techniques both at ambient and extreme conditions (high pressure, low/high temperature, strain, electrochemical doping). Moreover, K. Filintoglou actively participated in four research programs, dealing with graphene, C60 fullerides and semiconducting nitride nanostructures.

Dr. Joan Papavasiliou graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering in the University of Patras, Greece in 2003. She received her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the same department & in collaboration with the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (FORTH/ICE-HT) in 2008. She is a Post-Doctoral Research fellow in FORTH/ICE-HT since 2008. She has a large teaching experience in the Department of Materials Science and the Chemical Engineering Department. Her scientific expertise and research activities are focused in the field of materials synthesis, characterization and application on environmental/energy related reactions and the development of energy devices based on fuel cells. She has participated in the preparation, submission, execution, report & management in several research projects financed either by the Greek Ministry of Development or EC. She is serving as a Reviewer in Peer Review Journals. Dr. Joan Papavasiliou is the author/ co-author in 33 publications in scientific international journals and her scientific work has received more than 1300 citations from the research community (h index: 17).

My name is Efstathia Pavlakou, I was born in 19/02/1990 and I come from Filiatra Messinias.
I am a Chemical Engineer graduated from Chemical Engineering Department of University of
Patras in 2013. I have completed my MSc in the field of “Energy and Environment” at the same
Department in 2016 and Christakis Paraskeva was my professor. I am a PhD student at the
same Department. I have good knowledge of English, French and application systems. During
my research studies I have managed to develop my personal and technical skills, along with
the scientific ones. They are related to communication, teamwork, organization, problem
solving and time managing. I have a publication in international scientific journal (1),
participationsin research projects (4), international (2) and national scientific conferences (3),
workshops (3) and seminars (1).

Dr George Syrrokostas is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences in Patras, Greece. He studied Physics at the University of Patras and was awarded the BSc degree in 2005 (8.01/10). He carried out postgraduate studies also at University of Patras in the field of dye sensitized solar cells and photo-electrochromic devices. He received the MSc degree in Applied Physics (8.78/10) in 2008. In 2013 he received the PhD degree in Applied Physics. His research activity has led to the publication of 17 papers in refereed international journals, 11 contributions to international conferences and 10 to national conferences. He has about 350 citations (H-index 10). The main areas of his research activities are: (i) deposition and characterization of nanostructured thin films, (ii) electrochemical properties of materials, (iii) dye sensitized and perovskite solar cells, and (iv) photo-electrochromic devices.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Dimitris Kardassis (IMBB-FORTH) working on the role of the nuclear receptor HNF4α in lipid metabolism. My work so far, reveals new targets of HNF4α involved in High-density lipoproteins (HDL) metabolism and the development of steatosis and enriches our knowledge on HDL functionality in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). During my first postdoc in the lab of Prof. Vasso Episkopou (Imperial College London) I investigated the role of a newly identified ubiquitin ligase, Arkadia2C, in motor axon growth. The work was published in PLosBiology in 2013, revealing an involvement of BMP-Smad signaling in motor axon advancement. During my PhD in the lab of Prof. Dimitris Kardassis (IMBB-FORTH), I studied the transcriptional regulation of ABCA1, a membrane transporter of cholesterol and phospholipids, which plays important role in reverse cholesterol transport and protection from atherosclerosis (Biochemistry. 2007 Oct 16;46(41):11473-83, Biochim Biophys Acta. 2014 Jun;1839(6):526-36). I am a member of the European and Hellenic Atherosclerosis Society and of the Hellenic Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and have presented my work in many national and international conferences.

Grigorios Tsaknakis is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at IMBB-FORTH. He received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2009. His research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of transcription factor functions in hematopoiesis using murine erythropoiesis as a model system, especially in the context of chromatin architecture reorganization. He has published 11 peer-reviewed scientific articles and reviews, as shown in Pubmed, with 532 citations and h-index: 11.