Androniki Kretsovali received a chemistry Diploma from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and a Ph.D. degree of biochemistry from University Paris VII, France (1988). After a postdoctoral training at the Institute Jacques Monod (Paris VII), she moved to the Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (IMBB) of the Foundation for Research & Technology Hellas in Heraklion, Greece, where she has been working on the regulation of major histocompatibility class II gene transcription. From 1994 to 1999, she worked as a Lecturer of biochemistry (407/80) at the Department of Biology of the University of Crete, Greece. Since 2001, she has been a Researcher at the IMBB. Her recent research interests include the transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of gene expression and cell signaling mechanisms that govern differentiation. Her activities are focused on the role of transcriptional regulators and micro-RNAs in the regulation of embryonic stem (ES) cell pluripotency. In addition, she studies the importance of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in cell specification decisions and the exploitation of novel biomaterial substrates for selective growth and/or differentiation of ES cells.
Biography Updated on 4 September 2011