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Dr. Emmanouil Glynos is a Stavros Niarchos Research Fellow at FORTH/IESL. He received his PhD in 2007 in polymer physics at the University of Edinburgh. Until 2012, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Michigan and in 2013 he was appointed as a Research Investigator at the University of Michigan. The main objective of his current research is to develop a fundamental understanding of, and controlling, the structure and properties of nanostructured soft-materials that can be used as solid electrolytes in lithium-metal batteries and as active layers in organic photovoltaics. He has published 35 papers in referred international journals, 1 book chapter and 6 in Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings and since October 6, 2017 his work has received 639 citations with an h-index of 17. His work has been presented in more than 50 times through invited talk and presentations in Conferences and Colloquia.


Mr. Alex Molfetas is a 1st year Ph.D candidate at the university of Crete. He received his Bachelor degree from the University of Nottingham in 2014 and his Master degree from the University of Crete in 2016. His research focuses on the structural comprehension of enzymatic mechanisms.


Ms. Maria Kokkali is a 1st year Ph.D candidate at the University of Crete (Medical School) and the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB). She received her Bachelor degree from the University of Ioannina in 2014 and her Master degree from King’s College London in Neuroscience. Her research focuses on the development of novel agonists of Neurotrophin receptors for pharmacological interventions in neurodegenerative diseases and regulation of adult neurogenesis.


Dr. Konstantinos Tzirakis is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the In- stitute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, Foundations for Research and Technology – Hellas (IACM-FORTH). He received his Ph.D. degree from the University at Buffalo in 2009. His research focuses on the development of appropriate computational tools for the study of various biological processes and on non-Newtonian rheology.


Dr. Petra Bacova is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at IACM-FORTH, involved in a project focused on nanostructured materials with application in energy. She received her Ph.D degree from the University of the Basque Country in 2014 under the framework of Marie Curie ITN Dynacop. She worked as a Post-Doctoral fellow at FORTH in Crete and Materials Physics Center in San Sebastian. Her research interests include simulations of all types of polymeric materials.


Mr. Costas Smaragdakis is a 6th year Ph.D candidate at Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics of University of Crete. He received his Bachelor degree from the University of Crete in 2005 and his Master degree from the same university in 2008. His research focuses on in inverse problems of underwater acoustics using statistical features of the acoustic field.


Dr. Panos Sapountzis is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the Inst. of Applied & Computational Mathematics. He received his Ph.D from the University of Nottingham in 2010. His research focuses on the study of neural mechanisms and interactions during visual attention. Moreover, he is interested in examining the neural code at the population level using signal processing and machine learning approaches.


Dr. Nikolaos Psonis is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the Ancient DNA Lab (IMBB-ITE). He received his Ph.D degree in Biology from the University of Crete in 2017. His research focuses on Evolutionary Biology and more precisely on Molecular Phylogeny, Phylogeography and Population Genetics, as well as on Paleogenomics.


Dr. Konstantina Psatha is a biology major postdoctoral researcher in the group of Functional Proteomics & Systems Biology of Dr. M. Aivaliotis at IMBB-FORTH. She received her Ph.D from the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Athens (NKUA) in 2015. She has a background on systems biology approaches, combining biochemistry, molecular biology and omics strategies, investigating the molecular basis of haematologic malignancies & human diseases, using mouse models, cell lines and biological fluids. She has published peer-reviewed articles, participated in many national and international conferences, and has been awarded several fellowships and prizes (Heraklitus II, IKY-Siemens, EuPA Young Researcher, HSBMB) for her work on integrating omics analyses for the assessment of the multilayered & dynamic regulation of human diseases.


Dr. Vassilis Papadakis is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, FORTH. He received his Ph.D degree from the Medical School of the University of Crete in 2003 and he continued as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands. His research focuses on the study of the biomolecular characteristics of cells, tissues, and biomaterials through novel imaging and spectroscopic methods.