Dr. Aliki Xanthopoulou (AX-Female) (PI; Coordinator-female), agriculture, gained her PhD that focused on fruit morphology studies of Cucurbita pepo. She reported the generation of pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) transcriptome databases from two contrasting cultivars with extreme fruit sizes. She used these databases to perform comparative transcriptome analysis in order to identify genes with potential roles in fruit morphology and fruit size. Also, she has set the framework for generating EST-SSR markers for discriminating pumpkin cultivars. Furthermore, she studied the impact of grafting on fruits and to comprehend mechanisms involved in the graft-induced changes. Finally, she studied the role of phenolic metabolites and epigenetic molecular mechanisms like DNA methylation and miRNAs in the phenotypic changes recorded in the field. She has published 33 articles SCI and she has participated in seven research projects. In the SweetBiOmics she is going to contributein the Working Packages and Tasks dealing with transcriptomic and genetic characterization of sweet cherry cultivars, strongly collaborate with the participants that will work on phenomics, metabolomics, epigenetics, proteomics and genomics, while she is going to coordinate all the efforts in the direction to project objectives.
Dr. Maria Manioudaki (MM- female; co-applicant), bioinformatics, gained her PhD in the study of transcriptional regulatory networks shaped during stress perturbations providing a predictive model for transcription factor-gene interactions. Her work as a post-doctoral researcher focused on the analysis of high-throughput transcriptomics data. Initially she analyzed microarrays data comparing two Olea europaea cultivars in stress response analyzing the differentially expressed transcripts and deciphering the transcriptional regulatory network for each cultivar and subsequently. Then she focused on the analysis of next-generation sequencing data analyzing transcriptomic profiles of the non-model species of Olea europaea, Gardenia jasminoides Silene integripetala, Solanum lycopersicum and Cucurbita pepo, revealing the differentially expressed genes, the transcription factor-gene interactions, the pathways that are active during a biological process as well as annotations of the transcriptome, as well as SNPs and SSRs that are present in the transcriptome. She has also experience in analyzing transcriptomic data of model species in mammals. She has published 12 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In SweetBiOmocs she will be the WP6 Leader and she will provide the bioinformatics analysis in the WPs of the project strongly collaborating with the projects’ participants while she will be responsible for the scientific developments and technical activities of the project, as well as of the internal organization.
Evangellos Karagiannis (EK-Male) is a PhD candidate at Laboratory of Pomology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests are the physiology, maturity and ripening of climacteric and non-climacteric fruits using high quality molecular technologies (proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics). He was a research team member in a "THALES" program, concerning the post-harvest ripening of kiwifruits and apples. During his research experience he has participated in five (5) scientific projects concerning fruit quality. He has six (6) publications at peer-reviewed journals with total impact factor 14.68. Additionally, he has six (6) and eleven (11) proceedings in international and national congresses, respectively. He will collaborate with AX under the supervision/cooperation with Dr. Georgia Tanou and Dr. Athanasios Molasiotis.
Michail Michailidis (MiM-Male) is a Ph.D. Student of Pomology in the Faculty of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece (AUTH). He has published 3 research papers in peer reviewed (SCI) Journals and 4 presentations to national and international conferences. He has participated in European COST action (FA1104 Cherry). He deals with metabolomics analysis in fruit trees. For this reason he will collaborate with AX under the supervision/cooperation with Dr. Georgia Tanou and Dr. Athanasios Molasiotis.
Anna-Maria Farsakoglou (AMF-Female) is a Ph.D. candidate at the laboratory of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). She completed her BSc in Forestry and Natural Environment at AUTH and her MSc in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis at the University of Edinburgh. She participated in several national and international conferences and workshops (Greece, Spain, Brunei Darussalam) and has work experience of one scientific project. She has highly experienced in MSAP analysis and epigenetic diversity. For this reason she will collaborate with AX under the supervision/cooperation with Prof. Filippos Aravanopoulos.