University of Thessaly

The University of Thessaly (UTH) is the 3rd largest University in Greece with 8 Schools and 36 Departments. The Departments of (i) Biochemistry and Biotechnology and (ii) Environmental Sciences will carry out ACTIONr. The Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (DBB) is hosted in a new building in the Biopolis campus in Larissa, Greece. It is one of the most successful Departments in attracting research funding, being ranked 3rd in UTH in the last 3 years and coordinates the first Hellenic Research Infrastructure in Synthetic Biology. The Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) is one of the newest Departments of UTH, being established in 2019, and is based in the Gaiopolis campus, in Larissa, Greece. The Laboratory of Plant and Environmental Biotechnology (PLANTENVLAB) of DBB will coordinate ACTIONr, with the participation of the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology of DES. PLANTENVLAB is composed of 5 faculty members, 6 postdocs and 8 PhD students. Its main research focus is on the (i) study of the interactions of pesticides and veterinary drugs with soil microbes (both sides of the interaction: toxicity and biodegradation) (ii) function and ecology of plant associated microbiomes (iii) microbial N cycling and nitrification inhibitors (iv) secondary metabolism of plants and (v) synthetic biology including plant metabolic engineering and synthetic microbial ecology. PLANTENVLAB coordinates and participates in several EU-funded (MSCA-IF-H2020, MSCA-IAPP-FP7, SEE.ERANET, PRIMA) and national funded projects. Prof. Dr D. G. Karpouzas (DBB) and Dr E. S. Papadopoulou (DES) will be the Coordinator and the Project Manager of ACTIONr, respectively. Dr S. Vasileiadis (DEB) will be member of the Supervisory Board.

Principal investigators

Dimitrios Karpouzas – Coordinator

Dimitrios Karpouzas is a Prof. in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly, Greece. His work mainly focusses on the study of the interactions of pesticides and veterinary drugs with soil

Evangelia Papadopoulou – Project Manager

Evangelia Papadopoulou is an Assistant Prof. in Environmental Microbiology at the Department of Environmental Sciences, at University of Thessaly, Greece. Her work mainly focusses on the environmental fate and behaviour of agrochemicals, both pesticides and nitrification inh

Sotirios Vasileiadis

Dr Sotirios Vasileiadis obtained his PhD degree on the field of Soil Microbial Ecology at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCattSC), Sede di Piacenza, Italy (with Prof. Marco Trevisan). In his PhD and first postDoc at UniCatt he worked with metals and pesticides as pote

Administration Group

IPR Manager

Christos Poulios

Christos Poulios (LLM. MSc, DiN) is a lawyer with expertise in the settlement of IP Rights issues. He leads the law team of the Research Committee of the University of Thessaly which deals with IPR issues including procedures for patenting, preparation of agreements etc. He

Administrative Assistant

Eleni Spyropali

Eleni Spyropali is an economist and holds a master’s degree in applied economics, Department of Economics of the University of Thessaly. She has participated in several research and European projects of the Research Committee of the University of Thessaly. Her role in the

Research Team