University of Crete

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The University of Crete (UoC), established in 1973, is a multi-disciplinary institution with a well known international reputation for its research activity and initiatives. It has a staff of approximately 1000 and over 10,000 students. It is a fully self-administered legal entity and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. The administration and the financial handling of research grants is administered by the Research Committee (RC). The RC-UOC has managed a budget of nearly 100 million euros over the last 5 years including several Framework 6 programmes (AQUARGIS, SEACASE, RESISTVIR). The Department of Biology is located in the recently constructed fully equipped facilities in Voutes (27000 square metres). It has a broad range of research activities and a long standing interest in the development of innovative insect control measures with various laboratories studying complementary aspects of insect biology. It operates research in association with the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), the largest research institution in Greece, which has been active in insect genomics and vector biology for the last 20 years.

 

Principal Investigator: Dr John Vontas 

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John Vontas, a former Marie Curie TMR and Marie Curie Return Fellow, has led molecular studies into the mechanisms of insecticide resistance in many insect pests. He was the first to apply large scale microarray technology in the analysis of resistance in Anopheles mosquito. He has participated in a number of international consortia and won industrial as well as government funding. 

 

 

 

 

Researchers:

Dr Evangelia Morou

 

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Evangelia Morou is a biochemist specialised in expression and biochemistry of insecticide resistance genes and proteins. In the last 4 years she has worked as a PDRA on the development of biosensors for measuring activities of detoxification enzymes, in the frame of malaria control interventions, and through this activity has acquired valid experience in this field. 

Dr Vasileia Balabanidou 

 

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Dr Vasileia Balabanidou is a Moolecular Biologist who is employed as a PDRA at UoC/AVECNET. Her major task is the identification of the physio-chemical and biological barriers to insecticide transport in vivo, before its delivery to the target site. Her current research in AVECNET focuses on immunohistochemical stainings and confocal microscopy approaches aiming to localize the major detoxification genes in Anopheles gambiae, as well as insecticide uptake studies and the analysis of epicuticular lipids in resistant mosquitoes by various approaches, aiming to identify possible barriers in the cuticle.