Panagiotis Madesis

Dr. Panagiotis Madesis was born in Thessaloniki on 19.01.1971. He is married with two children. He studied at the Faculty of Agriculture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). He pursued graduate studies in the laboratory of Genetics and Plant Breeding of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, AUTH where he also did his doctoral dissertation. Additionally, the last year of his doctoral thesis, he moved to the University of Manchester in the Laboratory of Plant Science with emphasis on the genetic manipulation of the chloroplast genome. During this period he worked on a number of research programs. Dr. Madesis has carried out his studies with the help of the following scholarships a) Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Manchester, b) Greek State Institute Scholarship.

In 2004, he was given a postdoctoral position in the Laboratory of Plant sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester. Since October 2008 he has been Researcher in the Institute of Applied Life Sciences (INAB; formerly, Institute of Agrobiotechnology) of the National Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). His scientific interests focus on Plant Breeding through conventional and biotechnological methods for the development of higher yielding plants, plants with increased tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses; the production of high added value products in plants; plant genotyping and biodiversity assessment through plant species identification; and, food traceability and adulteration detection.

Dr. Madesis teaches “Recombinant protein expression systems” in the Master course in the Agricultural University of Athens and has also taught the laboratory lecture of Plant Breeding at the Technological University of Florina. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Plant Studies, and an ad hoc reviewer for several scientific journals. He has authored or co-authored more than 42 scientific studies, 4 book chapters with a total of more than 220 citations. He has also been invited as a keynote speaker at many national and international workshops and conferences.

Dr. Madesis is an advisor for the CMD 135086/31-1-2011, Office of Biotechnology Products, Division of Crop Inputs, Ministry of Rural Development and Food, on genetically modified plants, and also advisor for the Vine germplasm evaluation for the Ministry of Rural Development. He is a member of the a) Marie Curie Fellows Association (MCFA), b) the Greek Society of Biological Sciences c) the Geotechnical Chamber of Greece d) the Greek Scientific Society of Plant Breeding where from 2012 he serves as member of the Board. He also holds the position of treasurer of the Association of researchers at CERTH.

He has been involved in a number of funded projects, collaborating with private companies to conduct research for improving plants and has developed the methodology for the identification of plant species, including the important designation of origin products (PDO) Santorini fava, Prespes beans, Feta cheese, olive oil etc., and also the traceability and detection of possible fraud in commercial products. For this activity, in 2013 a distinction was bestowed to his Lab Group by the Ministry of Rural Development and the President of the Hellenic Republic.
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Contact Info

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Lab Members

Name Position
I. Ganopoulos Postdoc Researcher
Α. Xanthopoulou PhD candidate
K. Aftzalanidou Msc candidate
I. Bosmali Msc candidate


past members
G. Giagourta
Α. Gianakou
Α. Mastrogianni
Α. Timplalexi
E. Vamvaka