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Summary

  • Strong academic research background in the life sciences (more than 12 year experience in top-flight laboratories) and big experience in coordination and management in international sport events.
  • Extensive experience in project management, assay development, scientific writing and editing.
  • Driven, problem solving-oriented, ability to rapidly react to new challenges. Solid analytical and organization skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Autonomous but value teamwork in multidisciplinary environments.
  • Extensive international work experience.

Education

Sep 2005Oct 2012

Medical Doctor, MD

Kapodistrian University of Athens-Faculty of Medicine
May 2007Oct 2011

PhD

Kapodistrian University of Athens-Faculty of Medicine

Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior - Division of Neurosciences - Biomedical Sciences Research Center “Alexander Fleming”, Athens, Greece. Supervisor Prof. Efthimios Skoulakis

Dec 2005Jan 2008

M.Sc

Kapodistrian University of Athens-Faculty of Medicine

Master’s Interdisciplinary program “Molecular Medicine”. Specialty in Neuroscience

Oct 2000Jul 2005

B.Sc

Democritian University of Thrace - Faculty of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Sep 2000

High School Graduate

1st High School of Glyfada, Athens, Greece

High school graduation with honors (193,84/200)

Work History

Sept 2016present

PAT

Researcher in Prof. Claudia Bagni's laboratory, University of Lausanne, Department of Fundamental Neurosciences, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, Switzerland
Sept 2015Aug 2016

Postdoctoral fellow

Researcher in Prof. Claudia Bagni's laboratory, VIB Center for the Biology of Disease, KU Leuven, Medical School, Leuven, Belgium
Nov 2012Aug 2015

Postdoctoral Fellow 

VIB/KU Leuven

Postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Claudia Bagni's laboratory, VIB Center for the Biology of Disease, KU Leuven, Medical School, Leuven, Belgium.

Expertise and Scientific Background:  Human and Animal Behavior, Neuronal Circuitry, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia, Intellectual Disabilities, Fragile X Syndrome, Human Genetics, Drug Screening, Molecular and Biochemical Techniques, Metabolism, Mitochondria, Microscopy, Drosophila melanogaster genetics and behavior.

Sep 2011Oct 2012

Laboratory Tech Expert

BSRC "Alexander Fleming", Athens Greece

Responsible of fruit fly colonies maintenance, fly pushing and husbandry, genetics, liquid nitrogen cells tank

Laboratory of Prof. Babis Savakis. Director of BSRC "Al. Fleming"

Jan 2011Jul 2011

Special Olympics - Management-Administrator Coordinator

Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011

Manager of Sports Info Desk and Supervising managers of Staging, Field of play and and Ceremony Awards.

Managing of the Delegations.

Coaching, Supervising, Training and Management of 300 volunteers and 85 referees. 

Responsible of the evacuation plan of the venue. Responsible for all the duties and policies.

May 2007May 2011

PhD thesis

Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior, Biomedical Sciences Research Center “Alexander Fleming”, Athens, Greece.

Phd Supervisors Committee: Prof. E.M.C. Skoulakis. Prof. Foteini Stylianopoulou, Prof. Christos Konsoulas

Title of the thesis: “Study the molecular mechanisms of learning and memory using models of cognitive impairment in Drosophila melanogaster” (PhD defense: October 2012)


Jun 2006Jun 2007

M.Sc thesis

BSRC "Alexander Fleming", Athens Greece

Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior. Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Biomedical Sciences Research Center “Alexander Fleming”, Athens, Greece.

Thesis title: The role of dFMRP in learning

Supervisor: Prof. Efthimios Skoulakis

May 2004May 2007

Laboratory Tech Expert

BSRC "Alexander Fleming", Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior, Athens, Greece

On May 3rd 2004 I was employed on the basis of a private law employment contract (Marie Curie, MIRG-CT-2004-003570 MECH LEARNING) for a three year period (03.05.2004-30.04.2007).

Responsible for fruit fly colonies maintenance (1500 colonies), fly pushing and husbandry.

Nov 2006Jan 2006

Pan-continental Asian Games - Competition Manager

2006 Asian Games Doha

Doha 2006 Pan-continental Asian Games: Water Polo, Competition Management

Staging supervisor (Paid Staff)

Apr 2004May 2005

B.Sc Diploma thesis

BSRC "Alexander Fleming", Athens Greece

Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior

Thesis title: “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Drosophila Melanogaster

Supervisor: Prof. Efthimios Skoulakis, PhD.

Apr 2004Oct 2004

Olympic Games - Results and Statistics Supervisor

Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Results Timing and scoring - volunteer’s Supervisor (Paid Staff)

Awards

2004          Fellowship from the Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) for M. Sc. in Molecular Biology-BioMedicine, Dept. of Biology, University of Crete & Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.        

2005          Master’s Interdisciplinary program “Molecular Medicine” fellowship, Kapodistrian University for Athens (1st in rank)

2006          Master’s Interdisciplinary program “Molecular Medicine” fellowship, Kapodistrian University for Athens (2nd in rank)

2006          Onassis Foundation travel scholarship for participating in 2006 Lectures in Biology devoted to "Brain Plasticity: From Molecules to Behavior". Organized by Onassis Foundation, 17-21 July IMBB FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

2007          Award for the best poster presentation, at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Hellenic Society for Neuroscience in Thessaloniki, Greece.

2008          Selected attendee the Program of European Neuroscience Schools (PENS), Hertie Winter School in Obergurgl, Austria. “The Design of Neuronal Networks: Contributions from Invertebrates”.

2010          Award for the best oral presentation, at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Hellenic Society for Neuroscience in Athens, Greece.

2011          Selected attendee the 2nd Kemali-IBRO School in Naples, Italy.

2013          One year fellowship for postdoctoral research from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), ranked 1st.

2015          VIB Translational research fellowship

2015          First Contact Initiatives - financial support for a short-time lab visit abroad (KU Leuven)

2015          EMBO travel grant for the «RNA Conference on Localization and Local Translation»

2015          Meixner  Fellowship in translational research- Autism Speaks Foundation

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Pasciuto E, Borrie SC, Kanellopoulos AK, Santos AR, Cappuyns E, D'Andrea L, Pacini L, Bagni C. (2015) Autism Spectrum Disorders: Translating human deficits into mouse behavior. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2015 Oct;124:71-87. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2015.07.013. Epub 2015 Jul 26.
  • Santos AR.*, Kanellopoulos, AK.* and Bagni Claudia. (2014) “Learning and behavioral deficits associated with the absence of the fragile X mental retardation protein: what a fly and mouse model can teach us”. Learn Mem.2014 Sep 16;21(10):543-55. doi: 10.1101/lm.035956.114. *equal authors
  • Semelidou, O.*, Kanellopoulos*, and E. Skoulakis. (2012) Pharmacogenetic dissection of the locomotor hyperactivity in dfmr1 heterozygotes. Journal of Neurogenetics 2012 Dec, Vol. 26. London INFORMA HEALTHCARE. * equal authors
  • Kanellopoulos AK, Semelidou O, Kotini AG, Anezaki M, Skoulakis (2012) Learning and memory deficits consequent to reduction of the fragile X mental retardation protein result from metabotropic glutamate receptor-mediated inhibition of cAMP signaling in Drosophila. J Neurosci. 2012 Sep 9;32(38):13111-24.
  • Viazis N., Keyoglou A., Kanellopoulos A., Karamanolis G., et al. (2010) “Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for the treatment of hypersensitive esophagus: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study”, Am. J. Gastroenterology 2012 Nov;107(11):1662-7. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2011.179. Epub 2011 May 31.
  • Kanellopoulos, A. K., & Skoulakis, E. (2009). Modelling cognitive deficits of fragile x syndrome in drosophila. In Journal of Neurogenetics, 2009 Jan Vol. 23. England: Taylor & Francis LTD. 
  • Acevedo, S.*, Froudarakis, E.*, Kanellopoulos, A.* and Skoulakis, E. M. C. (2007) “Protection from premature habituation requires functional mushroom bodies in Drosophila” Learning and Memory 2007 May 10;14(5):376-84. *equal authors
  •  Acevedo, S.F.*, Kanellopoulos, A*., Sideri, E. Sandstrom, D and Skoulakis, E. M. C. “Drosophila D14-3-3_ mutants are learning deficient because they are not protected from premature habituation” manuscript in preparation *equal authors
  • 2 manuscripts in preparation as first author from my current work.

Teaching Experience

  • 2005 - 2006 Manolis Froudarakis, BSc student, teaching behavioural techniques
  • 2007 - 2008 Eirini Sideri, MSc student, supervising her Master thesis
  • 2009 - 2010 Despoina Goniotaki, BSc student, supervising her Diploma thesis
  • 2010 - 2012 Rania Semelidou, MSc student, supervising her Master thesis
  • 2014  Aubeline Kamalandua, MSc student rotation
  • 2014  Dimitrios Gerasoudis, MSc student (University of Glasgow), supervisor of his master thesis
  • 2014  Elisa Cappuyns, daily supervisor of her PhD research
  • 2014  Maria Clara Werneck Grillo, MSc student rotation supervisor
  • 2015  Vittoria Mariano, MSc student, supervisor of her Master thesis
  • 2015  Dirk Vandekerkhove, MSc student, member of his Master committee
  • 2016  Vittoria Mariano, daily supervisor of her PhD research

Conferences (Oral or poster presentations)

 

  • 57th Hellenic Conference of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2005, Athens, Greece (poster)
  • 19th Hellenic Conference of Neuroscience, 2005, Patras, Greece (poster)
  • 47th Annual Drosophila Meeting 2006 – Houston, Texas, USA
  • 21st Annual Meeting of the Hellenic Society for Neuroscience in Thessaloniki 2007, Greece (poster)
  • 1st Hellenic Drosophila Meeting 2007, Athens, Greece (oral)
  • 22nd Annual Meeting of the Hellenic Society for Neuroscience in Athens 2008, Greece (poster)
  • Hertie Winter School 2008 in Obergurgl, Austria, “The Design of Neuronal Networks: Contributions from Invertebrates” (oral & poster, selected)
  • Neurofly 2008, Wurzburg, Germany (poster)
  • 34th Hellenic Medical Conference 2009, Athens, Greece (invited for oral presentation)
  • 24th Annual Meeting of the Hellenic Society for Neuroscience in Athens 2010, Greece (oral)
  • FRAXA investigators meeting, May 2010, Durham, New Hampshire, USA (oral+poster)
  • Donders Discussion 2010, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, (Invited for plenary lecture)
  • 7th FENS forum of European Neuroscience 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (poster)
  • 2nd Kemali-IBRO School 2011, Naples, Italy (oral)
  • Hands-on light microscopy workshop 2013 in Luxembourg (poster)
  • VIB/KULeuven PhD symposium, 2013, Belgium (oral)
  • European Drosophila meeting, Neurofly October 2014, Crete, Greece (2 posters)
  • EMBO RNA localization and local translation meeting 2015, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece (Oral and poster presentation)
  • 10th Lausanne Drosophila meeting 2016, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland (oral)
  • Autism Research Workshop 2016, Ghent, Belgium (oral, selected)
  • Gordon's Research Conference Cell Biology of the Neuron, Waterville Valley, USA (oral and poster, selected)