Zoe Hilioti, Ph.D, is an Investigator in the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) at the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Thessaloniki, Greece since 2010. Dr. Hilioti holds a degree in Agriculture from the School of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1991) and a MSc. degree in Protected crops/Greenhouse management from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (1993). After receiving a Fellowship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y), she obtained a Ph.D in Horticulture from the Pennsylvania State University (1998). She has used systems biology approaches to study complex biological phenomena in eukaryotes. Dr. Hilioti has made contributions to basic and applied research and published on the physiology, biology, cell-cycle regulation, signaling and molecular regulation of plants, yeast and mammalian systems in several peer-reviewed journals. Her current research focuses primarily on the role of transcription factors in the development and function of plants. Targeted genome engineering approaches are used to elucidate gene function and to create useful genetic and phenotypic variability.