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Dr. Vasileios Fotopoulos

Cyprus University of Technology
Athinon & Anexartisias 57 Corner, PO BOX 50329, 3603 Limassol, Cyprus

Brief Biography:

Vasileios Fotopoulos is a lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science. He obtained his BSc in Horticulture from Wye College, University of London, and his MSc in Pest Management (Plant Disease) from Imperial College London. He holds a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Southampton, U.K. His post-doctoral research was carried out in the Laboratory of Biotechnology of Pharmaceutical Plants at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as in the Institute of Agrobiotechnology, CE.R.T.H., in Thessaloniki. His main research interests include the study of oxidative and nitrosative signaling cascades involved in the plant's response to abiotic and biotic stress factors, the evaluation of priming agents on the antioxidant mechanism of plants under abiotic stress conditions, as well as the study of secondary metabolites with pharmaceutical and antioxidant activity.


Academic positions:

6/2008-present       Cyprus University of Technology


I am currently a Lecturer in Plant Biology at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science.


3/2008-5/2008         Institute of Agrobiotechnology, CE.R.T.H. (Greece)

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

‘VIGS (Virus-Induced Gene Silencing) technology on pepper plants as a tool to silence host genes and examine the resulting phenotypic response’ (Grant Code: INA-GENOME 12979/Β1/4.5.1/4513 – DIA.044210).


7/2007-2/2008       National Agricultural Research Centre, N.AG.R.E.F. (Greece)

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

‘The effect of salinity on the antioxidant gene response of the model legume plant Medicago truncatula’ (Grant Code: 55/98 P.Υ.S.).


2/2004-4/2006          Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

- ‘Isolation and characterization of glandular trichome-specific genes from the plant Cistus creticus spp. Creticus’ (Grant Code: GR-GSRT-USA-2004).

- ‘The effect of ascorbate oxidase over-expression in transgenic tobacco plants on the response to abiotic and biotic stress factors’ (Grant Code: GR-GSRT-UK-BC2002-Agrobiotech project).


Research interests:

Plant Molecular Biology

Plant Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical Plants

Plant Stress Physiology


What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:

This is a much needed initiative which I think will greatly help towards the promotion of novel biomedical research.


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