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Savvas Genitsaris

Dr. Savvas Genitsaris holds a Biology Degree in Biology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.) and an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College, London, UK. He has a Ph.D. in Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology from A.U.Th. He worked for more than two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Littoral (ULCO) in France, where he focused his research in the investigation of biotic and abiotic interactions of marine microbes with the use of metagenomics and bioinformatics tools.

He was a research visitor in various academic facilities and universities, including the University of Milan, Cambridge University, the University of Thessaly, the Banyuls Research Institute (France), and the Pasteur Institute in Lille (France). His research interests are focused on the exploration of the biodiversity of microorganisms of all three Domains of Life in various ecosystems, including freshwater, marine and air systems, using metagenomics, DNA and RNA sequencing, bioinformatics and ecological tools.

He is a member of the international scientific societies of MikroBioKosmos, ISME and ASLO, he has teaching experience in the topics of biodiversity, biological concepts, bioinformatics, and methodology of study, and he has been a reviewer in various peer-reviewed journals.

Publication List in Peer-Reviewed Journals

1. Genitsaris S , Kormas K & Moustaka-Gouni M (2009). Microscopic eukaryotes living in a dying lake (Lake Koronia, Greece). FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 69: 75 – 83.

2. Genitsaris S , Moustaka-Gouni M & Kormas K (2011). Airborne microeukaryote colonists in experimental containers: diversity, succession, life histories and established food webs. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 62: 139 – 152.

3. Genitsaris S , Kormas K & Moustaka-Gouni M (2011). Airborne algae and cyanobacteria: occurrence and related health effects. Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Ed), 3: 772 – 787.

4. Michaloudi E, Moustaka-Gouni M, Pantelidakis K, Katsiapi M & Genitsaris S (2012). Plankton succession in the temporary Lake Koronia after intermittent dyr-out. International Review of Hydrobiology, 5/2012: 405 – 419.

5. Moustaka-Gouni M, Michaloudi E, Kormas K, Katsiapi M, Vardaka E & Genitsaris S (2012). Plankton changes as critical processes for restoration plans of Lakes Kastoria and Koronia. European Water, 40: 43 – 51.

6. Christaki U, Kormas K, Genitsaris S, Georges C, Sime-Ngando T, Viscogliosi E & Monchy S (2014). Winter – summer succession of unicellular eukaryotes in a meso-eutrophic coastal system. Microbiology Ecology, 67: 13 – 23.

7. Genitsaris S , Kormas K, Christaki U, Monchy S & Moustaka-Gouni M (2014). Molecular diversity reveals previously undetected air-dispersed protist colonists in a Mediterranean area. Science of the Total Environment, 478: 70 – 79.

8. Georges C, Monchy S, Genitsaris S & Christaki U (2014). Protist community composition during early phytoplankton blooms in the naturally iron-fertilized Kerguelen area (Southern Ocean). Biogeosciences, 11: 5847 – 5863.

9. Genitsaris S , Monchy S, Viscogliosi E, Sime-Ngando T & Christaki U (2015). Seasonal variations of marine protist community structure based on taxon – specific traits. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 91: fiv034.

10. Christaki U, Georges C, Genitsaris S & Monchy S (2015). Microzooplankton community associated with phytoplankton blooms in the naturally iron-fertilized Kerguelen area (Southern Ocean). FEMS Microbiology Ecology, fiv068.

11. Genitsaris S , Monchy S, Denonfoux J, Ferreira S, Kormas K, Sime-Ngando T, Viscogliosi E & Christaki U (2016). Marine microbial community structure assessed from combined metagenomic analysis and ribosomal tag pyrosequencing). Marine Biology Research, 12: 30 – 42.

12. Vardaka E, Kormas K, Katsiapi M, Genitsaris S & Moustaka-Gouni M (2016). Molecular diversity of bacteria in commercially available «Spirulina» food supplements. PeerJ, 4:e1610.

13. Genitsaris S , Stefanidou N, Katsiapi M, Vardaka E, Kormas K, Sommer U & Moustaka-Gouni M (2016). Haematococcus: a successful air-dispersed colonist in ephemeral waters is rarely found in phytoplankton communities. Turkish Journal of Botany, 40: 427 – 438.

14. Genitsaris S , Monchy S, Breton E, Lecuyer E & Christaki U (2016). Small-scale variability of protistan planktonic communities relative to environmental pressures and biotic interactions at two closely located coastal stations. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 548: 61 – 75.

15. Karpouzas DG, Papazlatani C, Rousidou C, Katsoula A, Kolivas M, Genitsaris S & KK Papadopoulou (2016). Assessment of the impact of the fumigant dimethyl disulfide on the dynamics of major fungal pathogens in greenhouse soils. European Journal of Plant Pathology, in press.

16. Voudanta EEV, Kormas K, Monchy S, Delegrange A, Vincent D, Genitsaris S & Christaki U (2016). Mussel biofiltration effects on attached bacteria and unicellular eukaryotes in fish rearing seawater. PeerJ. 4:e1829.

17. Moustaka-Gouni M, Hiskia A, Genitsaris S, Katsiapi M, Manolidi K, Zervou S-K, Christophoridis C, Triantis T, Kaloudis T & Orfanidis S (2017). First report of Aphanizomenon favaloroi occurrence in Europe associated with saxitoxins and a massive fish kill in Lake Vistonis, Greece. Marine and Freshwater Research, 68, 793 - 800.

18. Sommer U, Charalampous E, Genitsaris S & Moustaka-Gouni M (2017). Benefits, costs and taxonomic distribution of marine phytoplankton body size. Journal of Plankton Research, 39, 494 – 508.

19. Sommer U, Peter KH, Genitsaris S & Moustaka-Gouni M (2017). Do marine phytoplankton follow Bergmann’s rule sensu lato? Bioogical Reviews, 92, 1011 – 1026.

20. Biotreatment of raisin and winery wastewaters and simultaneous biodiesel production using a Leptolyngbya-based microbial consortium. Journal of Cleaner Production, 148, 185 – 193.

21. Genitsaris S, Stefanidou N, Katsiapi M, Kormas KA, Sommer U & Moustaka-Gouni M (2017). Variability of airborne bacteria in an urban Mediterranean area (Thessaloniki, Greece). Atmospheric Environment, 157, 101 – 110.

22. Karayanni H, Meziti A, Spatharis S, Genitsaris S, Courties C & Kormas KA (2017). Changes in microbial (Bacteria and Archaea) plankton community structure after artificial dispersal in grazer-free microcosms. Microorganisms, 5, article number 31.

23. Christaki U, Genitsaris S, Monchy S, Li LL, Rachik S, Breton E & Sime-Ngando T (2017). Parasitic eukaryotes in a meso-eutrophic coastal system with marked Phaeocystis globosa blooms. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4, article number 416.

24. Stefanidou N, Genitsaris S, Lopez-Bautista J, Sommer U & Moustaka-Gouni M (2018). Unicellular eukaryotic response to temperature and salinity variation in mesocosm experiments. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, article number 2444.

25. Papadopoulou ES, Genitsaris S, Omirou M, Perruchon C, Stamatopoulou A, Ioannides I & Karpouzas D (2018). Bioaugmentation of thiabendazole-contaminated soils from a wastewater disposal site: factors driving the efficacy of this strategy and the diversity of the indigenous soil bacterial community. Environmental Pollution, 233, 16 – 25.

26. Tsolcha ON, Tekerlekopoulou AG, Akratos CS, Antonopoulou G, Aggelis G,Genitsaris S, Moustaka-Gouni M & Vayenas D (2018). A Leptolyngbya­-based microbial consortium for agro-industrial wastewaters treatment and biodiesel production. Environmental Science and Pollution, in press.

27. Rachik S, Christaki U, Li LL, Genitsaris S, Breton E & Monchy S (2018). Diversity and potential activity patterns of planktonic eukaryotic microbes in a mesoeutrophic coastal area (eastern English Channel). PLoS ONE, 13, e0196987.

28. Stefanidou N, Genitsaris S, Lopez-Bautista J, Sommer U & Moustaka-Gouni M (2018). Effects of heat shock and salinity changes on coastal Mediterranean phytoplankton in a mesocosm experiment. Marine Biology, 165, article 154.

29. Tsolcha ON, Tekerlekopoulou AG, Akratos CS, Aggelis G, Genitsaris S, Moustaka-Gouni M & Vayenas D (2018). Agroindustrial wastewater treatment with simultaneous biodiesel production in attached growth systems using a mixed microbial culture. Water, 10, article 1693.

30. Tatsika S, Karamanoli K, Karayanni, Genitsaris S (2019). Metagenomic characterization of bacterial communities on ready-to-eat vegetables and effects of household washing on their diversity and composition. Pathogens, 8, article 37.



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