Kostas Mathiopoulos

Kostas Mathiopoulos, is Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Genomics at the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the University of Thessaly. He received his PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Tufts University in Boston (1989) and, subsequently, his Master’s in Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston (1990). He then worked at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, USA) and at the University of Rome (Italy) on molecular entomology of the malaria mosquito vector Anopheles gambiae. Upon his return in Greece (1998) he continued his research on molecular entomology at the University of Patras and in 2002 he moved to the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the U of Thessaly. His research team studies different aspects of molecular biology, molecular ecology, genetics and genomics of economically important insects, towards the development of safe and environmentally friendly methods of fruit fly control. The interests of his Laboratory include molecular mechanisms of insecticide resistance, development of new genomics tools in the olive fly and the medfly, study of the olfactory, gustatory and reproduction systems and the study of invasion and adaptation of the olive fly in new environments. Dr Mathiopoulos has co-authored 45 peer-reviewed publications with a cumulative IF of 150 and more than 800 citations.