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Prof. Nikolaos Labrou

Agricultural University of Athens
Department of Biotechnology
Iera Odos 75

Brief Biography:

Education: Dr Nikolaos Labrou received his BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Patras Greece (1987-1991) and his PhD in Enzyme Biotechnology from the Agricultural University of Athens Greece in (1992-1996). He has conducted postdoctoral research in Leeds UK (1996-1998) and at Agricultural University of Athens (1998-2001).

Area of Expertise: Research covers many areas of biotechnology including downstream processing, enzyme and protein engineering, cell and tissue culture technologies, proteomics and catalomics analysis as well as the purification and characterization of plant enzymes, proteins and other biomolecules. The group offers an exciting and stimulating environment for research, education and training in molecular biology and enzyme biotechnology. Within the last 15 years Dr. Labrou has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals, 15 book chapters, more than 60 conference abstracts and established a strong global academic and industrial network.

Professional Activities: Dr Labrou started his career as Assistant Professor at the Agricultural University of Athens (2002-2007) and he is currently Associate Professor (2008- ). He has guest-edited two special-topic issues for two scientific journals and he is currently working on a volume in book series Methods in Molecular Biology. He is on the editorial board of nine scientific journals and he also serves as a reviewer for more than 50 scientific journals. Dr. Labrou serves as reviewer for multiple national and international grant agencies (EE, NATO, etc), he is an advisor for one international Biotech company. He has won many awards over the years including the First prize in Business Ideas Competition ‘Green Dreams’ 2008, Athens. He has served as a member in four scientific conferences organization committee. Prestigious funding agencies that have supported his research include the EU (FP4, FP6, FP7), NATO, Bill & Melinda GATES Foundation, A.S. Onassis, Public Benefit Foundation, etc. Dr. Labrou teaches at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Molecular Enzymology and Analytical Biotechnology are his primary teaching interests. He has supervised and works closely with several graduate students (>20) on their master’s and doctoral dissertations.



Academic positions:

  • 1996-1998 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UK
  • 1998-2000, Research Scientist, 401 Military Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • 2000-2002, Senior Research Scientist, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
  • 2003-2007, Assistant Professor, Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Biotechnology, Greece
  • 2007-today, Associate Professor, Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Biotechnology, Greece
  • 2011- Director of the Biochemistry, Enzyme Technology and Molecular Biology Faculty at the Agricultural University of Athens



Research interests:

Therapeutic Enzyme  Engineering and Design.

Downstream Processing of Therapeutic Enzymes and Proteins.

Biotransformations and Nanobiotechnology.



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