Here I am, Athanasios.
My friends call me either Sakis or Thanos. You can refer to me with any of these two.
I am a biotech-driven scientist who was educated at IHU and DTU and that sometimes thinks about creating quirky biological stuff. I hold myself from doing that ( yet! ), unless there is someone that would want to collaborate with me, and do the next crazy thing in bioengineering together.
I could call my personality as amiable, agreeable, and gregarious. Others recognize me as quick-witted, proactive and diligent. Dreaming, breathing, and experiencing biology is what gives me vitality. Rethinking life, making it amenable to never seen before alterations with an open-eye while pushing the boundaries, is what I aim.
More than two years of research experience in Greece, France, Israel, and Denmark are on my back, to institutions that are known for their scientific output in the world. Currently, I work at PetMedix in beautiful Cambridge where I am part of a team that tries to discover novel antibodies for animal health.
Science writing is my second love. It helps me deconstructing non-easy to digest scientific knowledge, making it available in layman language for everyday people with no science background. The perk is that I gain, at the same time, a lot of know-how for different fields.
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Born in a rural area in Kozani, Greece. Raised in a small, beautiful village named Eani.
Started my BSc studies in Biomedical Sciences at the International Hellenic University of Thessaloniki, Greece (IHU).
Conducted my first research internship abroad at the Institute Pasteur in Paris, for 6 months, hosted by the lab of Dr. Sven van Teeffelen.
Research visit, for 6 months, at the lab of Dr. Kenn Gerdes, University of Copenhagen-Biocenter
( former BASP Center ).
Awarded the competitive Kupcinet-Getz International Science School Scholarship, summing up to the amount of 1000€ (7500 DKK). I was a member for three months at the lab of Dr. Ilana Kolodking-Gal, at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
Start of master level classes attendance in Engineering in Biotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark. Achieving my dream to become part of this university has been a real game changer. With coursework chosen carefully, I aspire to develop myself as a future scientist.
Start of my student research assistant position at DTU, being a member of the "Gut, Microbes and Health" Group. Here - till December of 2019 - I was a member of the "Gut, Microbes and Health" Group, under the supervision of Prof. Egon Bech Hansen.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I started to write articles, network with local Greek news media owners, and had science writings of mine published to news portals.
Science communication is my sidekick!