Dr Dora C. Stylianou

Postgraduate Seminars Coordinator

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  Tel: 22 892736,  Fax: 22 895095,  Address: P.O.Box. 20537, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus


Please note that all seminars will be hosted via the Zoom platform which you have to download in advance and sign in using your UCY account by clicking the "sign in with SSO" button and then by typing "ucy.zoom.us" as your company domain.

You should then be redirected to the UCY login website where you should use your University credentials to login.

All seminars require registration in advance. Students who are registered in BIO 800-803 Postgraduate Seminars I-IV must follow specific registration steps when registering and when joining each seminar to ensure their attendance is recorded by Zoom. Please click here to view the registration guide.

Guests can register for a seminar using any account but UCY is prefered should they have one.

All registration links will be posted under the Ανακοίνωση/Announcement cell of each seminar on the table below.  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

ΒΙΟ 800-803   Μεταπτυχιακά Σεμινάρια/Postgraduate Seminars I-IV

Πρόγραμμα Εαρινού Εξαμήνου/Spring Semester Programme 2020/2021

Τα Μεταπτυχιακά σεμινάρια διεξάγονται κάθε Τετάρτη, στις 17:00 διαδικτυακά μέσω της πλατφόρμας Zoom.

The Postgraduate Seminars will be held every Wednesday at 17:00 online via the Zoom platform.

Ημερομηνία / Date

Ομιλητής / Speaker

Θέμα / Topic

Υπεύθυνος Καθηγητής /

UCY Faculty

Ανακοίνωση/ Announcement

20/01/2021 --- Δεν θα διεξαχθεί Σεμινάριο/No Seminar --- ---
 Dr. Dora C. Stylianou
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Cyprus
How to Write a Scientific Review Paper  Pantelis Georgiades
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 Dr. Dora C. Stylianou
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Cyprus
Scientific Poster Design and Format   Pantelis Georgiades
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 Dr. David Cramb
Dean of Faculty of Science
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Nanoparticles for medicine: How nanoparticles and blood proteins interact
 Dr. Yiota Gregoriou
Department of Biological Sciences
 Lecturer Chrysafis Andreou
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
(For justified absences from BIO 800-803 for this seminar, please email your requests to the Coordinator of the Postgraduate Studes Committee Assist Prof. Chrysoula Pitsouli)
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 Nikolaos Dimitriou, Ph.D. Student
Department of Bioengineering, McGill University
Quantifying the biophysical mechanisms and geometric patterns of cancer progression: An integrated experimental and mathematical modelling approach  Katerina Starti
PDF ok
This seminar starts as 16:00
(outside regular class hours)
 Dr. Mihalis Verykokakis, PhD
SNF Investigator
BSRC "Alexander Fleming"
Understanding the function of the transcription factor BCL6 in innate T cell development   Vasilis Promponas PDF ok
Click here to Register in advance for this Seminar
 Dr. Christos Arvanitidis, Ph.D.
LifeWatch ERIC CEO, Seville, SpainResearch Director IMBBC, HCMR
LifeWatch ERIC: mission, recent developments and what is offered to the community for the study of climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems research   Vasilis Promponas PDF ok
Click here to Register in advance for this Seminar
 ----  Δεν θα διεξαχθεί Σεμινάριο/No Seminar  ----  
 Assist Prof. George Souroullas
Department of Medicine,
Oncology Division
Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA
Understanding the role of EZH2 mutations on chromatin dynamics and oncogenesis  Katerina Strati
 Dr. Styliani Michael, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Tumor Viruses and Cancer Laboratory,
University of Cyprus
 Investigating the interplay between HPV16 and cellular stemness  Katerina Strati PDF ok
Click here to Register in advance for this Seminar 
 Dr. Nikos Psonis
Post-doctoral researcher, Ancient DNA Lab, IMBB-ITE, Irakleion, Greece
Ancient DNA analysis and applications  Spyros Sfendourakis
PDF ok
Δεν θα διεξαχθεί Σεμινάριο/No Seminar ----
14/04/2021  Dr. Georgios Tsiaoussis, MD, MSc, PhD, FESBGH
Nicosia General Hospital, Cyprus
Molecular genetics of colorectal cancer  Yiorgos Apidianakis PDF ok
Click here to Register in advance for this Seminar


Students who register for ΒΙΟ 800-803 Postgraduate Seminars I-IV are required to attend all seminars. Attendance will be recorded on signup sheets. Students will receive a passing grade provided they attend all seminars or do not have any unjustified absences (103rd Departmental Council meeting, April 20, 2016).
Justified absence from a seminar can be requested via email from the Departmental faculty member who is in charge of a particular seminar, cced the course coordinator (Dr. Dora C. Stylianou, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
The course coordinator will assign a justified absence upon the written email approval sent by the faculty member.
Justified absence can also be assigned by a student thesis advisor by notifying Dr. Stylianou, provided that the student will be absent from a particular seminar for work related to the student’s thesis project.
Student requests that are not justified by a faculty member as indicated above, will be dismissed.
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    Please click here for the full announcement (in Greek)
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