Dr. George Manganaris

Group Leader

George Manganaris is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science at Cyprus University of Technology. He entered the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Division of Agricultural Sciences in 1993 and followed a 5-year bachelor degree. He continued his post-graduate studies in the same University. In particular, he completed an MSc degree in the field of ‘Genetic Improvement and Plant Physiology’ in 2001 and awarded his PhD degree in 2004.

He was appointed as contract Assistant Professor in the Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki (Department of Crop Production) and in the Technological Educational Institution of West Macedonia (Department of Marketing and Qualitative Control of Rural Products). During his studies, he was a recipient of two competitive fellowships given by the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece. He was also granted a fund by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for entering the Master of Science Program and an award of excellence for post-doctoral research.

In July 2006 he was offered an appointment as post-doc employee from the University of California at Davis (Department of Plant Sciences). From February 2007, after receiving a Marie Curie Individual Intra European fellowship (EIF fellowships), he was employed by the University of Padova (Division of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Environmental Agronomy & Crop Science). From 2009, he is Academic Staff at Cyprus University of Technology, initially as Lecturer (2009-2013), then as Assistant Professor (2014-2018) and from March 2019 onwards as Associate Professor.

He is responsible of the CUT Fruit Sciences/Posharvest Group, which is currently comprised of three PhD students, three MSc students and a significant number of undergraduate students. His main scientific interests includes the quality evaluation/phytochemical profile of horticultural products (fleshy fruits and grapes) with the employment of physiological, biochemical and molecular approaches, the elucidation of fruit ripening syndrome with emphasis in the development of physiological disorders and overall the postharvest maintenance of fresh produce. Additionally, he is involved in projects and/or synergies dealing with the application of preharvest treatments and/or novel technologies for maintaining quality of horticultural crops and their responsiveness to abiotic conditions. He is Council Member of the International Society for Horticultural Science and is board member of European Fruit Research Institute Network. He is additionally member of the Management Committee member of EU COST Actions CA17111 (Data integration to maximise the power of omics for grapevine improvement) and CA18210 (Oxygen sensing a novel mean for biology and technology of fruit quality).

To date, Dr. Manganaris is the author of 49 scientific papers (20 as senior author) in peer-reviewed journals (1940 citations, h-index=23). Data from his work have also been presented in review papers (4), book chapters (11) and full texts in Conference proceedings (10). He is the Editor of the Proceedings of the V International Postharvest Unlimited Symposium, (Acta Horticulturae 1079) and the III International Horticulture in Europe Symposium (Acta Horticulturae 1242).

Dr. Manganaris is Associate Editor/Editorial board member in the Postharvest Biology and Technology, BMC Plant Biology, Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology while he has handled over 490 reviews as ad hoc reviewer in 96 refereed journals. He was appointed by the Hellenic Quality Assurance Agency of Higher Education to participate in the External Evaluation and Certification process of six Departments in Greece. He has been assigned to evaluate competitive research proposals for EU (Horizon, Eurostars, Innowide) and from different countries (France, Belgium, Poland, Chile, Greece). He has also acted as examiner of MSc thesis/PhD dissertations (Italy, United Kingdom, Greece, Australia).

Contact Details:

  • (+357) 25002307

Egli Georgiadou

Post-doctoral researcher

Egli Georgiadou received a PhD degree from Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) in 2017, and her dissertation work was titled ‘Mapping of Biosynthetic Pathway of Vitamin E in Olive (Olea europaea L.)’. She completed her MSc degree in 2010 at the University of Thessaly on the subject: “Plant Breeding and Modern Crops” with a final grade of 8.87/10, the highest in her class. She holds a BSc degree since 2008 in Agriculture, Crop Production and Rural Environment from the University of Thessaly with grade 7.83/10. She was the recipient of two competitive scholarships for her PhD dissertation work, offered by the A.G. Leventis Foundation. Her research interests include the study of secondary metabolites with antioxidant and pharmaceutical activity of fleshy fruit (olive, tomato, peach, loquat, etc.) with the use of physiological, analytical, biochemical, antioxidant, enzymatic, immunoblotting, and molecular techniques. Her research activities up to date have resulted in 28 conference and 4 journal publications.

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  • (+357) 25005032

Andrea Pavlou

Post-doctoral researcher

Dr Andrea Pavlou is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Agricultural Science, Biotechnology and Food Science of the Cyprus University of Technology working on the integration of chemical analysis into the Cypriot agri-food sector. She has previously held the position of research expert at the State General Laboratory (SGL) Cyprus - Food Authenticity NMR Laboratory, as part of the Interreg V-A Greece-Cyprus project “AGROFOOD: Authenticity identification and competitiveness enhancement of local traditional products of the agri-food sector”, applying isotopic, spectroscopic and elemental analysis for the characterization and validation of authenticity of Cypriot honeys, wines and wine derived products. She has a PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of Cyprus (UCY), where she was awarded a Young Researcher Grant, PENEK, for her doctorate project (RPF Framework 2009-2010).She has recently completed a 3-year post-doctoral researcher post in the Molecular Biomimetic Chemistry - Photosynthesis group at Ångströ􏰢m Laboratory of Uppsala University (UU) in Sweden. She has a specialization on photosynthesis research, and specifically on the combined use of biochemical (membrane protein isolation and purification), physiological (amperometric oxygen evolution measurement, chlorophyll concentration determination), laser (pulsed Nd:YAG, continuous wave laser diodes) and spectroscopic techniques (FTIR, TRS2-FTIR, low temperature EPR, Time-resolved EPR, fluorescence, thermoluminescence, and UV/Vis etc.) to monitor the photochemistry of Photosystem II in hydroponically home-grown spinach, under various light wavelength (532nm-750nm), temperature (RT-77K) and other non-physiological conditions. In addition, she is an expert in biochemical processes, qualitative/quantitative analysis of spectroscopic data, and reaction progress kinetic analysis. Her research until now has resulted in 8 publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals and it has been presented as oral and poster presentations in many conferences internationally.

Marina Christofi

Post-doctoral researcher

Marina Christofi finished her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry from University of Essex and her postgraduate studies in Environmental and Energy Engineering from University of Sheffield. This combination allowed her to have a broad knowledge around the fields of Life Science, Chemical and Biological Engineering. During her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, the final year research projects were implicated with Molecular Biology and Biological Engineering, respectively. In addition to her postgraduate taught course, she had the opportunity to specialize and develop knowledge with a professional training course in Environmental Engineering. After her studies, Marina worked as environmental consultant in London, where she carried out the safety of water systems assessing the risk. In Cyprus, she had the chance to gain work experience as a laboratory assistant in chemical analysis of food, water and waste products. Currently, she is working at Cyprus University of Technology as a researcher, undertaking the qualitative analysis of fruits appraising the biochemical and physical properties. The PhD dissertation of Marina dealt with the effect of canning process on textural properties, sensorial attributes and bioactive content of non-melting peach cultivars and has led to the publication of three research papers in refereed journals. In addition, Marina has acquired broad knowledge and expertise in an array of state-of-the-art analytical approaches as well as in the development of protocols related to textural and sensorial properties.

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  • (+357) 25002145

Nicolas Valanides

PhD Student

Nicolas Valanides has successfully accomplished his B.Sc in Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science, specializing on Plant Production, at Cyprus University of Technology, with distinction. He practiced at the CUT Fruit Science Lab to elaborate his thesis on the Impact of harvesting day on mechanical properties, qualitative attributes and postharvest performance of two loquat cultivars. Alongside his studies, he was the recipient of two Erasmus+ Summer Internships. He additionally completed an Internship at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, in Greece, and at Berryplasma (Patra, Greece), practicing on soft fruits, in Patra, Greece. Ηe is currently M.Sc student at the Plant Biotechnology Master program of Cyprus University of Technology. Additionally, he is founder of the start-up company Mountain Berries Pitsilia N.V that aims to promote the Soft Fruit Organic production. The company currently manages 7000 m2 of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries and has already received a funding by the Research & Innovation Foundation of Cyprus.

Contact Details:

  • (+357) 99051161

Diamando Kokkinou

BSc student

Diamando Kokkinou, born in Pafos, is a highly aspiring early stage researcher, passionate about research in the viniviticultural sector. During her undergraduate thesis, she became familiar with laboratory techniques and chemical analysis, such as determination of (1) polyphenol content, (2) polyphenol index, (3) phenolic Content with Waterman and Mole's assay, (4) total flavonoid content by aluminium chloride method, (5) catechin content with vanillin method.

Prof. John Fellman

Honorary Member, Fulbright Senior Scholar 2013, CUT

Prof. John Fellman has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1982, University of Idaho) and currently he is Professor of Postharvest Physiology (since 2002) in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture in Washington State University. Principal duties include research (65%) directed toward investigations of postharvest phenomena in perishable commodities; undergraduate and graduate instruction (35%). Research adviser of 13 doctoral and 11 master’s students completed to date in his program. He has a total of 76 publications and he received multiple awards (50 since 2000).

Professional Experience:

  • Visiting Professor and Fulbright Senior Scholar 2013, Cyprus University of Technology
  • Professor of Postharvest Physiology 2002-present, Washington State University
  • Associate Professor of Postharvest Physiology, 1995-2002, Washington State University
  • Associate Professor of Postharvest Physiology, 1993-1995, University of Idaho
  • Assistant Professor of Postharvest Physiology, 1988-1993, University of Idaho
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Washington State University, 1990-1995
  • Research Chemist, Tree Fruit Research Laboratory, 1987-88, USDA/ARS Wenatchee, WA

Research Program: Postharvest physiology, biochemistry of secondary metabolism in fruits and vegetables. Research also focuses on the metabolism leading to apple scald and other oxidative stress phenomena affecting retention of postharvest quality of pome fruit, asparagus harvesting and quality, postharvest physiology of cherry, and wine and wine grape chemistry.; developing robust methods to profile flavor volatiles and phenolics in grape berries and wines produced in Washington, relationship between flavor compound content/sensory impact to facilitate studies concerning the effects of genotype, cultural practices, maturity and postharvest handling on flavor perception in raspberries, apples, and pears, and sweet cherries.

Contact Details:

  • (+1) 5093353454

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