Structural & Supramolecular Chemistry Research Group – People – Past Group Members

Past Group Members

Post Docs

Mario Inclan, PhD. Mario worked as an ER at the FP7-ITN Cyclon-Hit project on sulfonamide cyclodextrins for one year (2016-2017). He then moved back to Valencia, Spain to continue with his career. We continue collaboration with Mario.

James Birtley, PhD. James has been an ER in the Marie Curie IAPP TOPCRYST  project coordinated by Dr. Emmanuel Saridakis, March 2010-March 2012. He was working in the development of novel crystallization methods based on DPI technology and production and purification of new proteins by molecular biology methods for crystallization and molecular structure determination. Presently, is at the Pathology Department, U. of Massachusetts, U.S.A.

 Linda Piras, PhD. Linda has been and ER in the Marie Curie ITN CYCLON project coordinated by Dr. Konstantina Yannakopoulou, March 2011-August 2012. She then became a research associate, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Institute of Crystallography, Bari, Italy.

Anastasia Paulidou, PhD. Anastasia was awarded a NCSR Demokritos post doctoral fellowship, 2005-2009. She worked on the X-ray structures of cyclodextrin derivatives and inclusion complexes, as well as application of cyclodextrins in nanotechnology. She has undertaken a teaching position in the TEI of Trikala.

Davide Maffeo, PhD. Davide was supported during 2004-2007, successively by the national projects ARISTEIA & PEP and the European project TASNANO. He worked on the synthesis of a variety of cyclodextrin derivatives for nanotechnology applications, as well as of NMR studies of cyclodextrins in aqueous solutions. Presently he works in the private sector.

Zoi Plyta, PhD. Zoi was supported by the national project PENED1999 and she worked on the synthesis of cyclodextrin derivatives. She is presently appointed in the General Chemical State Laboratory of Greece.

PhD students


Marco Agnes, PhD 2018, University of Athens, Chemistry Department.
Early-Stage Researcher in the EU MC-ITN project BIOMINTEC. Alberto is now employed at Natrix S.r.l. , Italy. Marco is currently employed in a chemical company, Italy and soon he will start his own research project inCNR Bologna via a newly awarded   MSCA-Individual fellowship. Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.

Alberto Manfrin, PhD 2015, Institute for Physiological Chemistry Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. Early-Stage Researcher in the EU MC-ITN project BIOMINTEC. Alberto is now employed at Natrix S.r.l. , Italy. Supervisor: I. M. Mavridis.

Antonio Ricardo Lopes Marouvo Gonçalves, PhD 2014, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Early-Stage  Researcher in the EU MC-ITN project CYCLON. Ricardo worked on cyclodextrin porphyrin conjugates and other photoactive systems for anticancer applications. He then became an Analytical Chemist at Almac Group, Belfast, UK. Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.

Malamatenia Manouilidou, PhD 2013, University of Athens. Toula was awarded a NCSRD scholarship and worked on cyclodextrin dimers and trimers as functional hosts. She has since moved to Switzerland to start a life and a career. Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.

Chrysie Agelidou, PhD 2011, University of Athens.  Chrysa was awarded a NCSR Demokritos fellowship after entrance examinations. Her work, during the MSc and PhD degrees, involved nucleotide-cyclodextrin interactions and synthesis of porphyrin-cyclodextrin conjugates and their function. She has been appointed in Lyceum school education, where she teaches chemistry and physics. Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.

Maria Lambropoulou, PhD 2009, Agricultural University of Athens. Mariza was supported during her PhD studies(2006-2009) by the national project PENED 2005. Thesis title: Synthesis structural characterisation and properties of specially substituted cyclodextrins. Studies of molecular encapsulation of antimicrobial and other drugs. She then worked as a part-time project manager in the EU MC-ITN CYCLON project and part-time post-doc. After employment by ProActina SA she moved to Pharmathen SA, Greece where now she holds the position of Project Management Officer. Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.

Lasse Ε. P. Kyllönen, PhD 2009, University of Birmingham, UK.  Lasse was supported (2005-2007) by the MC RTN Network UNINANOCUPS. Thesis title : Supramolecular Wires Based οn Cyclodextrins: Synthesis οf Surface Active Hosts and Metallo Guests, Host-Guest Binding and Surface Identification οf the Assemblies, School of Chemistry, The University of Birmingham, a  collaboration of the  group with the School of Chemistry of U of Birmingham. Now he is a Senior Research Scientist at Kemira Oyj, Helsinki, FI.  Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.

Spyros D. Chatziefthymiou, PhD 2008, University of Athens.  Spyros was awarded a NCSR Demokritos fellowship after entrance examinations. His work, during his MSc and PhD degrees, involved X-ray crystallographic studies of salicylideneanilines, cyclodextrin inclusion complexes and on myomesin, a project in collaboration with the group of Matthias Wilmans in EMBL-Hamburg.  Now he is appointed at EMBL-Hamburg, Germany. Supervisor: I. M. Mavridis.

Petros Giastas, PhD 2007, University of Athens.  Petros was awarded a NCSR Demokritos fellowship after entrance examinations. His work, during his MSc and PhD degrees, involved X-ray crystallographic studies of modified cyclodextrins and the structures of a new class of bacterial ferredoxins from P. aeruginosa and E. coli.  Petros has been employed as a post-doctoral associate in the Hellenic Pasteur Institute and now he continues at NCSRD with a new contract. Supervisor: I. M. Mavridis.

Nikolaos Mourtzis, PhD 2006, University of Athens. Nikos was awarded a NCSR Demokritos fellowship after entrance examinations. He worked during his MSc and PhD on synthesis of modified cyclodextrins with positively charged groups and their applications in cell penetration and gene transfer experiments. After a postdoctoral position in the group of Professor Nolte in Nijmegen, Netherlands, he is now employed by Merck Sharp & Dohme, Greece. Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.

Nikos Pinotsis, PhD 2003, University of Athens. Nikos was awarded a NCSR Demokritos fellowship after entrance examinations. His work involved X-ray crystallographic studies of complexes of glucogen phosphorylase b with cyclodextrins and linear sugars and on the structure of the amino terminus titin/telethonin complex, a project that was in collaboration with the group of Matthias Wilmans in EMBL-Hamburg. After post-doctoral appointments in EMBL-Hamburg, De, the Institute of Cancer Research, UK, and a position at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories, U of Vienna, Austria, he is now at Biological Sciences, Birkbeck College, U. of London. Supervisor: I. M. Mavridis.

Kyriaki Eliadou, PhD 2001, University of Athens.   Kiki was awarded an NCSR Demokritos fellowship after entrance examinations. She worked on synthesis of modified cyclodextrins and  NMR structure of cyclodextrins and their inclusion complexes in aqueous solutions. After a postdoctoral position in the group (under a national program, ARISTEIA), she has been appointed in high school secondary education, where she teaches chemistry and physics. Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.

Styliani Makedonopoulou, PhD 2000, University of Athens. Stella was awarded a NCSR Demokritos fellowship after entrance examinations. She worked on structures of many cyclodextrin inclusion complexes by X-ray crystallography. After appointments in the private sector, she is presently appointed in the General Chemical State Laboratory of Greece. Supervisor: I. M. Mavridis

MSc students

Katerina Fotiadou, MSc 2009.  ΜSc thesis title: Study of interactions between positively and negatively charged cyclodextrins in polar solutions by NMR spectroscopy and Isothermal titration calorimetry, Chemistry Department,  University of Athens).  Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.

Dimitrios Zouvelekis, MSc 2001, University of Athens. Dimitris was awarded a NCSR Demokritos fellowship after entrance examinations. MSc thesis title: Development of HPLC method for stability determination of acemetacin/βcyclodextrin complex. Study of the complexes by NMR spectroscopy, Department of Pharmacy, University of Athens. He worked in the collaboration of the group with the above department (PENED1999). Dimitris now works in the pharmaceutical company Petsiavas. Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.

Panayota Stefanidou, MSc 2000, University of Athens. Penny was awarded a NCSR Demokritos fellowship after entrance examinations. MSc thesis title: Study of βcyclodextrin complexes by NMR spectroscopy, Chemistry Department, University of Athens.  After another MSc degree in chemistry education, she was appointed in high school education. Supervisor: K. Yannakopoulou.