University of Athens Greece (BSc Chemistry) and University of Leeds, UK (PhD Food Science; MEd in Sciences)
BSc (Chem), PhD (Food Science), MEd (Sciences)
UK, Greece, Ireland
Lecturer at UL
About Me: a Father, a Teacher, a Cook
On the interface of Chemistry, Sports and Food Science.
Fascinated with teaching young scientists, coaching young athletes and being a father of kids imposing challenging questions.
My Work: Food Chemistry; Biochemistry and Nutrition
My main research interests are:
a/ how food lipids can stop inflammation and the related onset of Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs),
b/ how food chain is contaminated by heavy metals and
c/ how plant and animal cells biosynthesize flavour molecules.
In UL , the focus of my team is towards the sustainable production of functional food and nutraceuticals against inflammation.
I have edited a book on marine oils, published >60 peer-reviewed articles (h-index 20) and I am a co-inventor in two patents.
With my team in UL, we are currently writing a book on “The Impact of Nutrition and Statins on Cardiovascular Diseases” for Elsevier.
My Typical Day: teaching / researching and vice versa
what I do at work…
What I'd do with the money: engaging with schools and sport clubs
There is a lack of information of how nutrition and diet can make our lives better.
On one hand, a lot of people who play sports do not eat enough proteins.
On the other hand, many young people start being overweight and obese from a very low age.
These two examples highlight that Scientists need to be more proactive in communication to Teachers and Students the benefits of a balanced diet.
Today, the Food Pyramid in Ireland is full of mistakes
The correct information needs to be passed to schools, clubs and young people in an attempt to improve diet and therefore quality of life!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
perfectionist, challenger, inquisitive
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Sea bream with lemon/olive oil on the bbq
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Sleeping under the stars with my kids
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes / I wrote deliberately badly at some exams
What was your favourite subject at school?
PE, Chemistry, Maths
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Listening to people in Asopos, Greece about the cancer cases they had and incorporating their tragedies into my research work https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28714908
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My parents (both Chemists)
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
An athletics coach
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. be 18 y old again 2.study psychology and marketing along with chemistry 3.have more free time to play with my kids
Tell us a joke.
Who was the first Food Scientist in the World? think outside the box!