Antonios Kousaxidis | Medicinal Chemistry | Best Researcher Award

 Mr. Antonios Kousaxidis | Medicinal Chemistry |Best Researcher Award

 Mr at School of Pharmacy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

A seasoned educator and researcher with extensive experience in physics, holding positions from Assistant to Associate Professor at IAU, Urmia, and Urmia University of Technology. Specialized in teaching a range of undergraduate to Ph.D. courses including Quantum Mechanics, Laser Physics, and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems. Proficient in Maple and Matlab programming with a strong background in finite element method analysis. Led impactful research projects in chaotic systems, cancer treatment, and national security, earning multiple awards including the Kharazmi Scientific Festival Second Prize. A recognized leader in academia with a commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and education.

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🎓 Education:

Master’s Degree in Medicinal Chemistry: (9.85/10) from Departments of Chemistry, Medicine, Biological Applications and Technology, University of Ioannina, 45110, Ioannina, Greece. Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry: (7.76/10) from Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences, University of Ioannina, 45110, Ioannina, Greece.

Personal Skills:

Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry: Training in synthetic organic chemistry and biochemistry applied to drug design, with experience in several areas of synthetic methodology using retrosynthetic approaches. Metal-Based Coupling Reactions: Excellent knowledge and practice of metal-based coupling reactions in modern organic chemistry. Synthetic Routes Optimization: Training in synthetic routes optimization using one-pot reactions during master’s thesis. Analytical Methods: Proficient in NMR, IR, UV, and mass spectrometry for identifying organic compounds. Small Molecule Synthesis: Synthesis of small molecule organic compounds and isolation by recrystallization. Purification and Separation: Excellent knowledge and practice in chromatographic methods like column, preparative, and thin-layer chromatography for purifying and separating organic compounds. Biochemical Protocols: Good practice in using biochemical protocols for enzyme kinetics experiments. Drug Discovery Programs: Extensive experience in drug discovery programs, structure-based drug design, molecular docking, and SAR estimation models using in silico methods (Discovery Studio, Chimera, LigandScout, PyMOL, OpenBabel, ADMET). Scientific Manuscripts: Proficient in writing and preparing scientific manuscripts.

💻 Software Skills:

Office Suite (ECDL degree) – Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. Calculative and predictive programs like MestReNova, Topspin DataAnalysis, ChemDraw Ultra, MedChem Designer, and BioLoom.

Research Focus:

A. Kousaxidis primarily focuses on the design and synthesis of novel compounds with therapeutic potential, particularly targeting enzymes such as aldose reductase (ALR2) and protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B). The research also encompasses antimicrobial agents, lipoxygenase inhibitors, and therapeutic strategies for conditions like diabetes mellitus and sepsis.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • A Molecular Hybridization Approach for the Design of Selective Aldose Reductase (ALR2) Inhibitors and Exploration of Their Activities Against Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B (PTP1B)
    • Authors: Kousaxidis, A., Petrou, A., Rouvim, P., Nicolaou, I., Geronikaki, A.
    • Journal: Journal of Molecular Structure
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 1271
    • Article Number: 134116
    • Citations: 3
    • Summary: This study presents a hybridization approach to develop selective ALR2 inhibitors and investigates their potential activities against PTP1B, highlighting their dual therapeutic potential.

 

  • Design, Synthesis, and Pharmacological Evaluation of Indazole Carboxamides of N-Substituted Pyrrole Derivatives as Soybean Lipoxygenase Inhibitors
    • Authors: Lavrentaki, V., Kousaxidis, A., Theodosis-Nobelos, P., Koutsopoulos, K., Nicolaou, I.
    • Journal: Molecular Diversity
    • Year: 2023
    • Citations: 2
    • Summary: This paper discusses the synthesis and evaluation of novel indazole carboxamides, demonstrating significant inhibitory activity against soybean lipoxygenase.

 

  • N-Derivatives of (Z)-Methyl 3-(4-Oxo-2-thioxothiazolidin-5-ylidene)methyl)-1H-indole-2-carboxylates as Antimicrobial Agents—In Silico and In Vitro Evaluation
    • Authors: Petrou, A., Geronikaki, A., Kartsev, V., Nicolaou, I., Vizirianakis, I.S.
    • Journal: Pharmaceuticals
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 16
    • Issue: 1
    • Article Number: 131
    • Citations: 4
    • Summary: This open-access article evaluates the antimicrobial activity of new N-derivatives, supported by both in silico and in vitro methods.

 

  • Non-acidic Bifunctional Benzothiazole-Based Thiazolidinones with Antimicrobial and Aldose Reductase Inhibitory Activity as a Promising Therapeutic Strategy for Sepsis
    • Authors: Kousaxidis, A., Kovacikova, L., Nicolaou, I., Stefek, M., Geronikaki, A.
    • Journal: Medicinal Chemistry Research
    • Year: 2021
    • Volume: 30
    • Issue: 10
    • Pages: 1837-1848
    • Citations: 13
    • Summary: This research explores benzothiazole-based thiazolidinones with dual activity, suggesting a promising approach for treating sepsis.

 

  • Aldose Reductase and Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B Inhibitors as a Promising Therapeutic Approach for Diabetes Mellitus
    • Authors: Kousaxidis, A., Petrou, A., Lavrentaki, V., Nicolaou, I., Geronikaki, A.
    • Journal: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
    • Year: 2020
    • Volume: 207
    • Article Number: 112742
    • Citations: 39
    • Summary: This review highlights the potential of targeting ALR2 and PTP1B as a therapeutic strategy for diabetes, emphasizing recent advances and future perspectives.

 

Thi Mong Diep Nguyen | Molecular Biology | Best Researcher Award

Assoc Prof Dr. Omvir Singh| Molecular Biology | Best Researcher Award

🔬🧬 Holding a Doctor of Science in Life Science (Cell Biotechnology) from the University of Tours, France, I’ve delved into diverse realms including cell biology, microbiology, and animal reproduction. As a Visiting Professor at the University of François-Rabelais and an Associate Professor at Quy Nhon University, I’ve led research projects exploring avian reproductive biotechnologies and the impact of AMPK protein kinase on male gonad functions. My contributions to grants investigating hCG glycoforms and fertility treatments showcase my dedication to advancing scientific understanding. 🌱👨‍🔬

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Training Background:

University of Tours, France Years: 4/2022 Major/ Specialty: Life Science (Cell biotechnology) Academic Degree: Doctor of Science University of François-Rabelais, Tours, France Years: 1/2020 – 3/2020 Major/ Specialty: Biotechnology Role: Visiting Professor Quy Nhon University Year: 1/2020 Major/ Specialty: Biotechnology Role: Associate Professor INRA _Institut national de la recherche agronomique (Nouzilly), France Years: 10/2018 – 2/2019, 11/2016 – 04/2017 Major/ Specialty: Animal Cell Biotechnology + Immunology + Gonadotropins Role: Postdoctoral Researcher François-Rabelais University, France Years: 11/2011 – 10/2015 Major/ Specialty: Life Science (Cell biotechnology) Academic Degree: Ph.D Quy Nhon University Years: 9/2005 – 6/2008 Major/ Specialty: Biology Academic Degree: Master Quy Nhon University Years: 9/2001 – 9/2005 Major/ Specialty: Biology Academic Degree: Bachelor

 

🔍Research Projects (Last 5 Years):

CRYOBIRD – Development of avian reproductive biotechnologies for the management of genetic diversity Years: 10/2010 – 10/2014 Funding Institution: France Role: Participant. Study on pathogenic microorganisms in Arachis Hypogaea L. in ecological condition of Hoai An district, Binh Dinh province Year: 2016 – 2017 Funding Institution: Quy Nhon University Role: Chairman Impact of AMPK protein kinase on male gonad and spermatozoa functions Years: 2018 – 2019 Funding Institution: Quy Nhon University Role: Chairman Characterization of new hCG glycoforms for implantation and early pregnancy diagnostic Years: 2017 – 2020 Funding Institution: France Role: Participant Investigation on the role of 5’-AMP activated protein kinase (AMPK) in adenylate cyclase gene expression using pharmacologicals activators and human Luteinizing Hormone (hLH) or Forskolin stimulators in Leydig MLTC-1 cells Years: 2018 – 2020 Funding Institution: NAFOSTED Role: Chairman Production of single-chain gonadotropins for fertility treatments Years: 2020 – 2023 Funding Institution: VINIF Role: Chairman

Publications Top Notes 📝

  1. Highly-Sensitive In Vitro Bioassays for FSH, TSH, PTH, Kp, and OT in Addition to LH in Mouse Leydig Tumor Cell
    • Authors: Klett, D., Pellissier, L., Lomet, D., Jean-Alphonse, F., Combarnous, Y.
    • Year: 2023

 

  1. Undissociable chemically cross-linked and single-chain gonadotropins
    • Authors: Nguyen, T.M.D., Klett, D., Combarnous, Y.
    • Year: 2023

 

  1. Impact of microwave synthesis time on the shape of silver nanostructures and their antibacterial activity
    • Authors: Hoang, N.H., Nguyen, V.N., Nguyen, T.T., Nguyen, T.M.D.
    • Year: 2023

 

  1. Natural and recombinant equine chorionic gonadotropins past and future in animal reproductive technology
    • Authors: Thach, D.T., Cuong, B.K., Van Tong, H., Combarnous, Y., Nguyen, T.M.D.
    • Year: 2022

 

  1. Effect of fluoxetine on cyclic adenosine monophosphate response to follicle-stimulating hormone in HEK cells
    • Authors: Nguyen, T.T., Nguyen, T.M.D.
    • Year: 2022

 

  1. Membrane Hormone Receptors and Their Signaling Pathways as Targets for Endocrine Disruptors
    • Authors: Combarnous, Y., Nguyen, T.M.D.
    • Year: 2022

 

  1. Roles of Soluble Adenylyl Cyclase in cAMP Synthesis in Animal Cells
    • Author: Nguyen, T.M.D.
    • Year: 2022

 

Hyun Suk Shin | Molecular Biology | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. Hyun Suk Shin | Molecular Biology | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria,  Spain

👩‍🔬 Hyun Suk Shin is a Marine Biotechnology expert with a rich academic background. She holds a B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. from Korea Maritime and Ocean University, where she delved into various aspects of aquaculture, molecular biology, and biochemistry. With extensive research experience, including international collaborations, she has contributed significantly to the field, resulting in numerous publications and patents. As a postdoctoral researcher, she continued her impactful work at institutions like the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute of Korea and the Fundación Canaria Parque Científico Tecnológico de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Recognized for her excellence, she received prestigious scholarships and awards, demonstrating her dedication to advancing aquaculture research.

 

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Education 📚

  1. Higher Degree
    • Name of Qualification: M.S. Science
    • Degree Awarding Entity: Korea Maritime and Ocean University
    • Date of Qualification: 28/02/2010
  2. Higher Degree
    • Name of Qualification: B.S. Science, Marine Biotechnology
    • Degree Awarding Entity: Korea Maritime and Ocean University
    • Date of Qualification: 28/02/2008

Doctorates

  • PhD Science
    • Degree Awarding Entity: Korea Maritime and Ocean University
    • Date of Degree: 28/02/2014

Teaching Experience📊

Experience Supervising Doctoral Theses and/or Final Year Projects: Project Title: Analysis of Skeletal Deformities in Gilthead Sea Bream Entity: Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria Type of Entity: University Student: Alvaro Lorenzo Felipe Date of Reading: 05/07/2022Project Title: Programa Mejora Genética en Camarón Entity: Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria Type of Entity: University

 

Scientific or Technological Activities 🔬

R&D Projects Funded Through Competitive Calls of Public or Private Entities

  1. Project Name: AquaIMPACT: Genomic and Nutritional Innovation for Genetically Superior Farmed Fish

Keywords: Molecular markers and recognition; Genetics transcription; Genetics expression of regulations; Epigenetics; Genetic drift; Population geneticsType of Project: Research and development, including transferGeographical Area: European UnionDegree of Contribution: ResearcherEntity: Universidad de las Palmas de Gran CanariaType of Entity: UniversityCity of Entity: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, SpainPrincipal Investigators: Daniel Montero Vítorres; Marisol Izquierdo Lopez; Juan Manuel Afonso Lopez; Maria Jesus Zamorano Serrano; Silvia Torrecillas Burriel; Hyun Suk Shin; Cathaysa Pérez GarcíaNumber of Researchers: 72Number of People/Year: 14Type of Participation: Team memberProgramme Name: Horizon 2020 Research and InnovationCode: 818367Start-End Date: 01/01/2018 – 02/01/2023Duration: 5 yearsParticipating Entities: [List of entities involved]Total Amount: €6,100,000Sub-Project Amount: €702,913Percentage as Grant: 100%Relevant Results: Determining the additive genetic components of immune system traits of sea bream and sea bass populations under genetic selection pressure for growth.Dedication Regime: Part-timeApplicant’s Contribution: In this project, my contribution is assigned within the WP2: Nutritional Innovation: Precision nutrition for superior genotypes, through the following tasks:Evaluation and divergent selection of sea bream breeders for growth and absence of skeletal deformities.Breeding, marking, fattening, and characterization of offspring and breeders using microsatellite markers “SMsa-1/ SMsa-2”.Study of genetic parameters of immune system traits.

Project Name: PerformFISH – Consumer Driven Production: Integrating Innovative Approaches for Competitive and Sustainable Performance across the Mediterranean Aquaculture Value Chain

Keywords: Genetics expression of regulations; Genetic drift; Population geneticsType of Project: Research and development, including transferGeographical Area: European Union[Include any additional information about the project here]

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Effects of LED light spectra on oxidative stress and the protective role of melatonin in relation to the daily rhythm of the yellowtail clownfish, Amphiprion clarkii
    • Authors: HS Shin, J Lee, CY Choi
    • Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology
    • Year: 2011

 

  • Effect of LED light spectra on starvation-induced oxidative stress in the cinnamon clownfish Amphiprion melanopus
    • Authors: CY Choi, HS Shin, YJ Choi, NN Kim, J Lee, GS Kil
    • Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology
    • Year: 2012

 

  • Kisspeptin regulates the hypothalamus–pituitary–gonad axis gene expression during sexual maturation in the cinnamon clownfish, Amphiprion melanopus
    • Authors: NN Kim, HS Shin, YJ Choi, CY Choi
    • Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Year: 2014

 

  • Effects of LED light spectra on the growth of the yellowtail clownfish Amphiprion clarkii
    • Authors: HS Shin, J Lee, CY Choi
    • Journal: Fisheries Science
    • Year: 2012

 

  • Profiles of antioxidant gene expression and physiological changes by thermal and hypoosmotic stresses in black porgy (Acanthopagrus schlegeli)
    • Authors: KW An, NN Kim, HS Shin, GS Kil, CY Choi
    • Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology
    • Year: 2010

 

  • The effects of quercetin on physiological characteristics and oxidative stress resistance in olive flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus
    • Authors: HS Shin, JH Yoo, TS Min, KY Lee, CY Choi
    • Journal: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
    • Year: 2010

 

  • Selection for growth is associated in gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) with diet flexibility, changes in growth patterns and higher intestine plasticity
    • Authors: E Perera, P Simó-Mirabet, HS Shin, E Rosell-Moll, F Naya-Catalá, …
    • Journal: Aquaculture
    • Year: 2019

 

  • Quantitative mRNA expression of sox3 and DMRT1 during sex reversal, and expression profiles after GnRHa administration in black porgy, Acanthopagrus schlegeli
    • Authors: HS Shin, KW An, MS Park, MH Jeong, CY Choi
    • Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Year: 2009

 

Monika Kopeć | medical chemistry | Young Scientist Award

Dr. Monika Kopeć | medical chemistry | Young Scientist Award

👨‍🏫Profile Summary

In 2018, I earned a doctorate in chemical science from the Faculty of Chemistry at Lodz University of Technology, specializing in the study of biological systems using spectroscopic techniques. Additionally, I completed a master’s program in logistics with a focus on supply chain management. With nine years of experience in chemistry, including managing research projects, I have honed my skills in team collaboration and project management. I have also undertaken various courses and workshops to enhance my expertise, including those in self-motivation, effective learning, and commercializing research. Now, I aim to further expand my knowledge and skills in research techniques and seek opportunities in leading chemical or logistics companies.

🌐 Professional Profiles

Educational Qualifications 📚

Postgraduate Studies in Data Analysis and Data Mining University of Lodz, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science October 2021 – June 2022 PhD Studies in Chemistry Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry October 2013 – September 2018 Dissertation awarded by the Council of the Chemical Faculty of Lodz University of Technology Postgraduate Studies in Forensic Biology University of Lodz, Faculty of Biology October 2014 – March 2016 Masters Studies in Logistics with Major in Supply Chain Management University of Lodz, Faculty of Management October 2012 – July 2014 Masters Studies in Chemistry with Major in Medical Chemistry Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry March 2012 – July 2013 Engineering Studies in Chemistry with Major in Chemical Analysis in Environmental Control and Quality Engineering Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry October 2008 – January 2012 Biologically-Chemical Profile High Comprehensive School S. Żeromskiego in Ozorków September 2005 – June 2008

Work Experience 💼

Lecturer Lodz University of Technology October 2019 – Present Responsibilities include experimental analysis, conducting classes, and research documentation. Postdoctoral Fellowship Jagiellonian University in Krakow January 2023 – February 2023 Engineering and Technical Specialist Lodz University of Technology May 2019 – December 2021 Duties involved equipment preparation, chemical reagent management, and ordering. Assistant Lodz University of Technology October 2018 – October 2019 Conducted experimental analysis, classes, and research documentation. Chemist Lodz University of Technology October 2015 – November 2018 Prepared reagents, conducted spectroscopy measurements, and provided technical support. PhD Student Lodz University of Technology October 2013 – September 2018 Conducted measurements using spectroscopy techniques. Apprenticeships Institute of Polymer and Dye Engineering in Zgierz District Police Headquarters in Zgierz July 2011 – August 2011 / July 2010 – August 2010 Hostess Cursor S.A. Sales & Marketing Services August 2009 – September 2009 Trainee District Police Headquarters in Zgierz June 2008 – September 2008

Trainings and Workshops 🎓

AFM Modes Training: Contact, tapping, ScanAsyst, Resonance Enhanced AFM-IR, Tapping AFM-IR, and Micro View Dates: 05.12.2022 – 09.12.2022 Laboratory Procedures Training: Operation and proper use of equipment such as the CO2 incubator Memmert ICO150med, laboratory centrifuge MPW 260R with cooling, and laminar chamber II safety class ESCO AIRSTREAM type AC2-4EB Dates: 4.10.2022 – 6.10.2022 Techniques Training: SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, and visualization of protein gels using Comassie and Stain-Free methods Usage of the Mini-Protean Tetra Cell, Trans-Blot Turbo, and ChemiDoc MP systems Dates: 4.10.2022 – 6.10.2022 Microscope and Imaging Software Training: Use of the Leica DMiL LED inverted microscope, Leica FLEXACAM C1 camera, and Leica LAS X software Quick Reading and Effective Learning Methods Course Commercialization of Research and Establishing Cooperation with Industry Workshop Team Coaching Workshop: Motivating Members to Achieve Common Goals Zetasizer and Nanosight Analyzers Training for Particle Size Measurements Training on the Use of Nanomaterials in Nanomedicine and Bionanotechnology Self-Motivation and Team Motivation Workshop

Projects 🚀

Raman Imaging of Human Cancerous Tissue and Cell Cultures (2016) Function: Project Manager Identification of Tumor Changes Based on Imaging and Raman Spectroscopy (2019) Function: Project Contractor Raman Imaging and Endospectroscopy in Oncological Omic Studies (2020 – 2022) Function: Project Contractor Analysis of Angiogenesis Process in Human Breast Tissue Using Raman Spectroscopy (2020 – 2021) Function: Project Manager Influence of Sugars on Metabolism of Lung Cancer Cells (2022) Function: Project Manager The Triangle: Carotenoids-Retinoids-Cytochromes in Cancer Progression (2022 – Present) Function: Project Contractor

Awards 🏆

  • Various Scholarships and Rector’s Scholarships during PhD Studies (2014 – 2018)
  • Platinum Medal at International Warsaw Invention Show (2019)
  • Award of the Rector of the Medical University of Lodz (2019)
  • Award for Scientific Achievements in Spectroscopic Identification of Cancer Changes (2019)
  • Award Supporting Scientific Excellence under the “Initiative of Excellence – Research University” Program (2020, 2021)

📚Top Noted Publication

  1. Title: Revision of Commonly Accepted Warburg Mechanism of Cancer Development: Redox-Sensitive Mitochondrial Cytochromes in Breast and Brain Cancers by Raman Imaging
    • Authors: H. Abramczyk, J. Surmacki, B. Brozek-Pluska, M. Kopec
    • Journal: Cancers
    • DOI: 10.3390/cancers13112599
    • Publication Date: Unknown

 

  1. Title: Raman imaging and statistical methods for analysis various type of human brain tumors and breast cancers
    • Authors: M. Kopec, J. Surmacki, M. Błaszczyk, M. Radek, H. Abramczyk
    • Journal: Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2021.120091
    • Publication Date: 2021

 

  1. Title: The role of pro- and antiangiogenic factors in angiogenesis process by Raman spectroscopy
    • Authors: M. Kopec, H. Abramczyk
    • Journal: Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2021.120667
    • Publication Date: 2021

 

  1. Title: Double face of cytochrome c in cancers by Raman imaging
    • Authors: H. Abramczyk, B. Brożek-Płuska, M. Kopeć
    • Journal: Scientific Reports
    • DOI: Link
    • Publication Date: 2022

 

  1. Title: Analysis of eggs depending on the hens’ breeding systems by Raman spectroscopy

 

  1. Title: Decoding Breast Cancer Metabolism: Hunting BRCA Mutations by Raman Spectroscopy
    • Authors: M. Kopec, B. Romanowska-Pietrasiak, H. Abramczyk
    • Journal: Photochem
    • DOI: 10.3390/photochem2030048
    • Publication Date: 2022

 

  1. Title: Hyperglycemia and cancer in human lung carcinoma by means of Raman spectroscopy and imaging
    • Authors: M. Kopec, K. Beton, K. Jarczewska, H. Abramczyk
    • Journal: Scientific Reports
    • DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-21483-y
    • Publication Date: 2022

 

  1. Title: Hemoglobin and cytochrome c. reinterpreting the origins of oxygenation and oxidation in erythrocytes and in vivo cancer lung cells
    • Authors: H. Abramczyk, J.M. Surmacki, M. Kopeć, K. Jarczewska, B. Romanowska-Pietrasiak
    • Journal: Scientific Reports
    • DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-41858-z
    • Publication Date: 2023

 

  1. Title: Raman imaging and chemometric methods in human normal bronchial and cancer lung cells: Raman biomarkers of lipid reprogramming

 

  1. Title: The role of glucose and fructose on lipid droplet metabolism in human normal bronchial and cancer lung cells by Raman spectroscopy

Flavia | Molecular Biology | Young Scientist Award

Dr. Flavia| Molecular Biology | Young Scientist Award

👨‍🏫Profile Summary

Flavia Scoyni is a highly accomplished researcher in molecular medicine, specializing in non-coding RNAs and their role in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and ischemic stroke. With a Ph.D. from the University of Eastern Finland under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme, Flavia has extensive experience in experimental techniques such as scRNA-seq, FACS, and animal modeling. Their work has been published in prestigious journals and recognized with numerous grants and fellowships. Flavia’s expertise in molecular biology, cell culture, and animal work, coupled with a strong track record of securing research funding, positions them as a valuable asset in the field of translational medicine.

🌐 Professional Profiles

🎓Education:

Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland Duration: Dec 2017 – Feb 2024 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme in Genetics and Mechanisms in Translational Medicine (GENOMMED) Advisor: Prof. Tarja Malm Dissertation: “Unlocking the potential of non-coding RNAs in regulating neurodegeneration – a glimpse into Alzheimer’s disease and ischemic stroke pathophysiology.” Ph.D. secondment Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark Duration: Sept 2018 – Feb 201 Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Thomas B. Hansen Funded by Saastamoinen Foundation travel grant FELASA accreditationUniversity of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland May 2017 Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) Certificate in laboratory animal science for EU Functions A/D MSc in Molecular Biology “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy Duration: Oct 2013 – Dec 2015 Master Degree in Molecular Biology Graduated magna cum laude (110/110 cum laude) Advisor: Prof. Alessandro Fatica Thesis title: “Identification of new transcriptional targets of p30 C/EBPα transcription factor isoform in acute myeloid leukemia” MSc in Genetics University Paris-Diderot VII, Paris, France Duration: Oct 2013 – June 2015 BSc in Biotechnology “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy Duration: Oct 2010 – July 2013 Bachelor degree in Biotechnology Graduated magna cum laude (110/110 cum laude) Advisor: Prof. Carlo Presutti Thesis title: “The role of the mir-200 family in the regulation of the expression of AP1 transcriptional factor”

🔬Research Experience:

Early stage researcher Professor Tarja Malm University of Eastern Finland, A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences Jan 2017 – Dec 2017 Investigated the role of microRNAs in phagocytic microglia isolated from adult Alzheimer’s mice. Developed techniques including ex-vivo FACS, low input RNA extraction, cloning, qPCR, and protocol for transfection for hard-to-transfect cell lines. Conducted animal procedures to harvest brain samples or acutely isolate adult microglia. Erasmus traineeship Biotech Research & Innovation Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark Oct 2016 – June 2016 Developed a transgenic stable cell line for long non-coding RNAs. Applied techniques such as cloning of long inserts, lentiviral vector production, and stable cell line development. Master thesis Professor Alessandro Fatica “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy June 2014 – Dec 2015 Investigated the regulation of the long non-coding RNA UCA1 mediated by C/EBPα transcription factor in the K562 lymphoblast cell line. Applied techniques including ChIP, cloning, RNA extraction, RT-qPCR, WB, transfection, CRISPR-Cas9, and stable cell line development. Master Internship Professor Giuseppe Macino “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy Sept 2013 – March 2014 Studied microRNAs inducing epigenetic modifications in mammals.Applied techniques such as ChIP, cloning, mutagenesis, RNA extraction, RT-qPCR, WB, CRISPR-Cas9, and stable cell line development. Bachelor thesis Professor Carlo Presutti “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy Oct 2012 – July 2013 Investigated the role of the miR-200a family in regulating c-JUN transcription factor expression. Utilized techniques including cloning, mutagenesis, bacterial transformation, and cell line culture.

💻 Technical Skills:

Molecular biology techniques such as scRNA-seq, RNA-seq, FACS, cloning, RT-qPCR, WB, lentiviral vectors generation. Cell culture techniques including neuronal culture, primary microglial culture, transduction, transfection, and stable cell line development. Animal work including FELASA A/D certification, maintenance, and breeding of transgenic mouse models, animal procedures, and tamoxifen-induced recombination. Statistical analysis, basic Python, and R.

🏆Fellowships, Awards, and Honors:

  • Secured total grants of 99.000€ during Ph.D., including grants from Pavo Nuermen Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kuopio University Foundation, and others.

👩‍🏫 Teaching Experience:

  • Mentored a Ph.D. student and post-graduate student, and supervised five master’s thesis students during the Ph.D. program.

📚Top Noted Publication

  1. ciRS-7 and miR-7 regulate ischemia-induced neuronal death via glutamatergic signaling
    • Journal: Cell Reports
    • Year: 2024-03
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2024.113862
    • Contributors: Flavia Scoyni; Valeriia Sitnikova; Luca Giudice; Paula Korhonen; Davide M. Trevisan; Ana Hernandez de Sande; Mireia Gomez-Budia; Raisa Giniatullina; Irene F. Ugidos; Hiramani Dhungana et al.

 

  1. Alzheimer’s disease-induced phagocytic microglia express a specific profile of coding and non-coding RNAs
    • Journal: Alzheimer’s & Dementia
    • Year: 2024-02
    • DOI: 10.1002/alz.13502
    • Contributors: Flavia Scoyni; Luca Giudice; Mari-Anna Väänänen; Nicholas Downes; Paula Korhonen; Xin Yi Choo; Nelli-Noora Välimäki; Petri Mäkinen; Nea Korvenlaita; Annemieke J Rozemuller et al.

 

  1. ciRS-7 and miR-7 regulate ischemia induced neuronal death via glutamatergic signaling
    • Journal: Preprint
    • Year: 2023-01-24
    • DOI: 10.1101/2023.01.24.525136
    • Contributors: Flavia Scoyni; Valeriia Sitnikova; Luca Giudice; Paula Korhonen; Davide M Trevisan; Ana Hernandez de Sande; Mireia Gomez-Budia; Raisa Giniatullina; Irene F Ugidos; Hiramani Dhungana et al.

 

  1. Intracerebral overexpression of miR-669c is protective in mouse ischemic stroke model by targeting MyD88 and inducing alternative microglial/macrophage activation
    • Journal: Journal of Neuroinflammation
    • Year: 2020
    • DOI: 10.1186/s12974-020-01870-w
    • Contributors: Kolosowska, N.; Gotkiewicz, M.; Dhungana, H.; Giudice, L.; Giugno, R.; Box, D.; Huuskonen, M.T.; Korhonen, P.; Scoyni, F.; Kanninen, K.M. et al.

 

  1. PSEN1ΔE9, APPswe, and APOE4 Confer Disparate Phenotypes in Human iPSC-Derived Microglia
    • Journal: Stem Cell Reports
    • Year: 2019
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2019.08.004
    • Contributors: Konttinen, H.; Cabral-da-Silva, M.E.C.; Ohtonen, S.; Wojciechowski, S.; Shakirzyanova, A.; Caligola, S.; Giugno, R.; Ishchenko, Y.; Hernández, D.; Fazaludeen, M.F. et al.