LAB MEMBERS

ANTONIS KIRMIZIS

Associate Professor

Antonis is currently Associate Professor and vice-chair at the Department of Biological Sciences. He received his Bachelors degree in Biology at Lawrence University, USA in 1999 and his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 2004. During 2004-2009 he was an EMBO and Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow in the Kouzarides group at Cambridge University, UK. Since 2010 he established and heads the Epigenetics and Gene Regulation research laboratory.


Email: kirmizis(at)ucy.ac.cy

COSTAS KOUFARIS

Postdoctoral Fellow

Costas completed his PhD on the role of microRNA in chemical carcinogenesis at Imperial College London (2011), followed by postdoctoral research at multiple international research establishments. Costas joined the lab in January 2019 on an advanced postdoctoral fellowship of the University of Cyprus. He is the lead author in both exclusively “wet lab” and computational research papers, as well as pretty much everything in between.

Email: koufaris.costas(at)ucy.ac.cy

MARIA TSIARLI

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maria holds a PhD in Neuroscience (University of Pittsburgh) during which she characterized the role of the glucocorticoid receptor in cortical development. She then worked with Dr. Erica Larschan (Brown University) on Drosophila transcriptional regulation in brain development, and was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Dr. Edward Kravitz at Harvard Medical School on the characterization of aggression-specific neuron development. Currently, she is combining different approaches to characterize epigenetic mechanisms driving carcinogenesis.

Email: tsiarli.maria(at)ucy.ac.cy

MARIA LOUCA

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maria holds a PhD from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing of the University of Cyprus. Her research focuses on the investigation of cancer progression using molecular and biochemical assays. She received her BSc degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Cyprus. Maria joined the Epigenetics and Gene regulation Laboratory in December 2019, and her research interests include the investigation of the epigenetic background of hepatocellular carcinoma progression. 

Email: louca.maria(at)ucy.ac.cy

EVELINA CHARIDEMOU

Postdoctoral Fellow

Evelina holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College London, where she was awarded the honorary degree of the Associateship from the Royal College of Science for excellence. Her research focuses on the development of metabolomics tools to investigate aspects of the Metabolic Syndrome. She is a board committee member of the EMN Metabolomic Society, and she founded the Cyprus Metabolomic Network.
Email: charidemou.evelina(at)ucy.ac.cy

CHRISTINA DEMETRIADOU

PhD candidate

Christina received her B.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Cyprus where she graduated with First class Honours. She then obtained a Masters degree in Oncology with Distinction at the University of Nottingham, UK where she worked on hematological malignancies. Since 2015 she is pursuing her Ph.D. in the field of Epigenetics and Gene regulation and her work focuses on deciphering the function of epigenetic enzymes in cancer.


Email: demetriadou.christina(at)ucy.ac.cy

MAMANTIA CONSTANTINOU

PhD Student

Mamantia is currently a PhD student, though her journey in science started when she obtained her BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Cyprus. Then, she received her MSc with Distinction in Cancer and Clinical Oncology from Bart's Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University London. As she is a beer lover, her research model is Saccharomyces cerevisiae and she is working on the molecular mechanisms that regulate gene expression under DNA damage. 

Email: constantinou.mamantia(at)ucy.ac.cy

ARIEL KLAVARIS

PhD Student

Ariel received his BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics and his MSc in Translational Research in Biomedicine from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. He is a member of the Epigenetics and Gene Regulation Laboratory  since January 2020. His project focuses on the identification of possible physical interactors of the Nterminal acetyltransferase NAA40 as well as on the investigation of its role in DNA damage repair.


Email: klavaris.ariel(at)ucy.ac.cy

CONSTANTINOS DEMETRIADES

PhD Student

Constantinos completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree (BSc) in Biochemistry, at King's College London with First Class Honours in August 2019. Subsequently, he has undertaken his Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Cell and Gene Therapy, at the University College London in Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health with Distinction. He has joined the Laboratory of Epigenetics and Gene Regulation in 2020, as a PhD student.


Email: demetriades.ak(at)cytanet.com.cy

RAFAELA PANAYI

Master Student

Rafaella received her BSc degree in Biological Sciences in University of Cyprus on June 2020. During her undergraduate thesis she specialized in Epigenetics and Gene Regulation. At the moment she is a Master student and working on a fascinating model organism, Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  Her main interest are genetic interactions of NAT4 upon DNA damage conditions.

Email: panayi.rafaela(at)ucy.ac.cy

MARIA KOUMA

Lab Manager

Maria obtained her BSc with First class Honors from the Department of Biological Sciences in the University of Cyprus. She graduated with the second overall highest grade and she received an award. She has joined the Epigenetics and Gene Regulation Laboratory since June 2019 to work on her undergraduate research thesis. After graduating, she became the Lab manager of the laboratory.

Email: kouma.maria(at)ucy.ac.cy

 

FORMER LAB MEMBERS

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Dimitris Kyriakou
Demetria Pavlou
Vassia Schiza

MASTER STUDENTS

Dimitris Kyriakou
Anastasia Raoukka
Agathi Elpidoforou

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Gina Stavrou

Maria Vronti (Lab manager)
Christis Demosthenous (Lab manager)

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Eleni Nicolaidou
Rafaela Panayi 
Maria Kouma
Andreas Chrysostomou
Tonia Constantinou
Ioanna Antoniou
Evridiki Koulle
Ioanna Chatziyianni
Maria Kalli
Panayiota Demosthenous
Antonia Hajiantoniou
Elena Fella

 
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