Team

Who we are

This page contains the list of the group members, past and present.

Dr. Fotis Psomopoulos | Principal Investigator C'

Dr Fotis E. Psomopoulos works as a Principal Investigator C’ (Assistant Professor level) at the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), with a primary focus on bioinformatics workflows and computational analysis of large bio-datasets. He has received his doctorate and engineering diploma from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), in 2010 and 2004 respectively. In 2014 he has been awarded with a post-doctoral fellowship scholarship by the AUTh Research Committee. He has worked as a teaching assistant and academic fellow at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as a Visiting Professor at Quest University (Vancouver, Canada) and as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Western Macedonia. Moreover, he has participated as a researcher and project manager in several European (RAPP, Microme, ASSIST) and national research projects.

Dr. Konstantinos Kyritsis | Postdoctoral researcher

Konstantinos Kyritsis, PhD, is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Applied Biosciences in the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (INAB/CERTH). He received his BSc in Biology, and his MSc in “Biotechnology and Molecular Diagnostics” from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). During his studies, he completed a three-month Erasmus+ internship at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen. He received a scholarship for his doctorate from the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) in 2017, and completed his thesis, entitled “Systematic Analysis of the Expression of Ribosomal Protein Genes”, at the School of Pharmacy AUTH, in 2021. His research interests are currently focused on studying molecular mechanisms and unveiling patterns of functional significance by applying methods of statistical analysis as well as machine learning algorithms to Next-generation sequencing (NGS) data. Furthermore, his interests include developing bioinformatic tools and pipelines for integrating and visualizing heterogenous bio-data.

Nikolaos (Nikos) Pechlivanis | PhD student

Nikos Pechlivanis works as a Bioinformatics engineer at the Institute of Applied Biosciences in the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas. He holds an engineering diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) where he completed his thesis entitle “Genomic data integration for facilitating machine learning applications”. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in the field of Computation Biology and Bioinformatics under the supervision of Dr. Fotis Psomopoulos. His research focuses on studying machine learning algorithms and computational techniques with respect to their corresponding applications on genomic and meta-genomic data. In addition to his research, Nikolas supports open source/science principles, in support of reusability and accessibility of scientific results. Moreover, he is interested in web development mostly working on server-side scripting by applying data wrangling and analysis techniques.

Maria Christina Maniou | Research assistant

Maria Christina Maniou is a research assistant at Institute of Applied Biosciences in Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (INAB/CERTH). She received an engineering diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Integrated Master Level 7) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in 2020. Her Diploma Thesis was titled: “Development of an algorithm for correlation of Chromosomal Locations with functional biological processes using large-scale data analysis”. During her studies, she completed a three-month internship at INAB/CERTH, as well as, a three-month internship at Institute of Applied Computer Science in Kiel University of Applied Sciences. Her research interests focus on data science and analytics and their respective application on genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic data. Moreover, her interests include data visualization, as well as, the development of software tools and pipelines for implementing new bioinformatic approaches.

Styliani-Christina Fragkouli | Research Assistant

Styliani-Christina Fragkouli works as a research assistant at the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) in the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). She obtained her BSc in Physics in 2019 and MSc in Digital Media and Computational Intelligence in 2021, both from the University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). Her research interests include data analysis with machine learning algorithms. Furthermore, given her Physics background, she is involved in the research of deep learning applications on gravitational waves and Astrophysics.

Aspa Orfanou | Research Assistant

Aspa Orfanou works as a research assistant at the Institute of Applied Biosciences(INAB) at the Center for Research and Technology Hellas(CERTH). She obtained her BSc in Computer Science and Medical Informatics from University of Thessaly(UTH) in 2017 and her MSc in Bioinformatics from University of Crete(UOC) in 2021. In addition, she participated in ERASMUS exchange programme and studied for one semester in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Nicosia,Cyprus. During her studies she completed a three-month Internship at INAB/CERTH. Moreover, she is interested in development of bioinformatic tools and pipelines for visualization and interpretation of genomic data.

Vasileios Vasileiou | PhD student

Vasileios Vasileiou is a Phd candidate, working as a Bioinformatician at the Institute of Applied Bioscience (INAB) in the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). Overall, his research interests focus on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, specializing in developing and improving algorithms for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data projects. His main studies focus on Molecular Biology and Genetics at Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), while he obtained his Master’s degree in Bioinformatics at the University of Birmingham (UoB). During his MSc studies, he had the opportunity to participate in supervised multi-omics integrative analysis projects, by applying machine learning algorithms, as part of his dissertation.

Sofoklis Keisaris | Research Assistant

Sofoklis Keisaris works as a research assistant at the Institute of Applied Biosciences(INAB) in the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas(CERTH). He received his BSc in Biology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki(AUTH) with aspects on Ecology and Conservation Biology. After having cooperated with Hellenic Center of Marine Research (CERTH), he found interest in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. He is keen on developing bioinformatics tools and pipelines for a wide variety of biological data.

Past Members

Dr. Maria Tsagiopoulou

Maria Tsagiopoulou, PhD, was working as a postdoctoral researcher at INAB/CERTH. Her current position is as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG).

Iasonas Ofeidis

Iasonas Ofeidis was working as a research assistant at INAB/CERTH. His current position is at the Yale Institute of Network Science.

Anastasios Togkousidis

Anastasios Togkousidis was working as a research assistant at INAB/CERTH. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies under the Computational Molecular Evolution (cme) laboratory.

Internships

Serovpe Amprachamian
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Period: 01/11/2021 - 31/01/2022
Konstantinos Gkagkaridis
  • Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly
  • Period: 12/7/2021 - 11/9/2021
Anastasia Krapi
  • Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics, University of Thessaly
  • Period: 01/07/2021 - 31/08/2021
Ioanna Sasilioglou
  • Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics, University of Thessaly
  • Period: 01/07/2021 - 31/08/2021