NEWSFEED (Click to expand)
  • Chairperson's Welcome Message
    On behalf of the faculty and administration staff, I'd like to welcome you to the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Cyprus.
    Biology lies at the frontline of science...more

  • Drosophila Lab
    A new study from the Drosophila Development and Homeostasis Lab

    The study was published in Nature Cell Biology and highlights the role of oxygen-transporting tracheae in intestinal stem cell regeneration and tumors.

    Read the full article here: https://rdcu.be/ckBWe
    and in the journal website: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41556-021-00674-1
  • Student Presentations
     Student Presentations for the Spring Semester of 2020-21.

     Please see the Presentation announcements for the current Semester

     Link : Onedrive
  • OELMEK 16 Seminar
    16th Educational Scientific Conference of the Association of Biologists OELMEK
     
    The Association of Biologists OELMEK organizes on 17/4/2021, at 16.30, the 16th Scientific Training Conference, which is organized online this year, with the theme: "The cell reveals the secrets of life".
    The Conference is under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Science and is held in collaboration with the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Cyprus and the Biology/Physiognomy Inspectorate.

    Watch live from YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/17uf0aApcDY

    Watch live from Facebook:
    https://fb.me/e/44WilEKd6
  • Skourides Website
    New Website of the Cell and Developmental Biology Laboratory
     
    Visit the new website of the Cell and Developmental Biology Laboratory at: http://skourideslab.com/
     
  • new position available
    CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR VISITING ACADEMIC STAFF

    The Department of Biological Sciences is inviting applications for the position of Visiting Academic Staff at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the field of Biodiversity and Ecology for the Fall semester 2021-22 (1st September 2021 - 31st December 2021). The final offer of the position depends on availability of University funds.
     
    More Info: Click here
  • Behavioural Ecology Lab2
    An investigation of the effects of tape lures used in bird trapping.

    A study from the Behavioural Ecology and Evolution lab investigated the effects of tape lures used in bird trapping. They show with the use of playback experiments that the number of target species caught in mist nets sky rockets when playbacks are in use (e.g. 14 times more blackcaps with playbacks in autumn, when migration is in full flow). However, contrary to popular belief, they also significantly increase bycatch and the number of species trapped, many of which are listed as conservation priority species. With capture rates being an order of magnitude higher when using tape lures, this is no longer a conflict between communities supporting traditions and conservationists. This is an industrial scale operation using non-traditional broadcasting apparatus that local communities need to be informed about and policy makers need to act on accordingly. The study was published in Biology Letters.
     
  • Behavioural Ecology Lab
    A gene on chromosome 8 mediates carotenoid-based feather colour across a natural hybrid zone.

    Researchers from the Behavioural Ecology and Evolution lab have identified the genetic region underpinning differences between red and yellow feathers in birds across a hybrid zone in Southern Africa. A genome wide association study performed in collaboration with researchers from the University of California found SNPs associated with CYP2J19, the gene identified as the ketolase that catalyses the conversion of dietary yellow carotenoids to red ketocarotenoids in birds with red feathers. Raman spectroscopy, performed in collaboration with the Hayes lab in the Department of Chemistry at UCY, confirmed the presence of different carotenoids in red and yellow feathers. Asymmetric introgression suggests a female preference for males with red feathers over males with yellow feathers, consistent with the hypothesis that converted carotenoids are an honest signal of quality. The study was published in Molecular Ecology.
     
  • Epigenetics Lab website
    New website of the Epigenetics and Gene regulation Laboratory

    Visit the new website of the Epigenetics and Gene regulation Laboratory at: https://www.kirmizislab.com/
  • MBBLab website
    Brand-new website of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory

    Visit the brand-new website of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory www.mbblab.net and our accounts on Twitter (@LabSantama) and Instagram (mbblabucy)!
  • Sfendourakis
    The role of ecological specialization in shaping patterns of insular communities.

    The recently published work of the Ecology and Biodiversity Lab and colleagues from abroad, proposes a new index for the study of how biotic communities are shaped. Until now, research on the response of species richness to area and environmental heterogeneity had not addressed possible effects of species’ differences in ecological specialization. In this work Herein the new metric, ‘ecorichness’, is introduced, that combines species richness and the position of each species in the specialists-generalists spectrum. As a case study, a data set with terrestrial isopods from 43 Aegean islands and the habitats they exploit was used. The response of ‘ecorichness’ to area, habitat diversity and the K-parameter of the Choros model, as well as its relation to the ‘Small Island Effect’ (SIE) was evaluated. The best model describing ‘ecorichness’ response to area and habitat heterogeneity was found to be a quadratic one, with peaks located at an area similar to the SIE threshold. The response of ‘ecorichness’ to area was found to be shaped mainly by the increasing contribution of specialists in the assemblages of islands larger than the SIE threshold. Overall, ‘ecorichness’ will facilitate exploration of the role of ecological specialization in the shaping of biotic communities and is expected to become an important tool for the study of the patterns they exhibit.
  • Kirmizis Lab announcement
    A new study from the Epigenetics and Gene Regulation Lab uncovers the widespread association of protein N-terminal acetyltransferases in cancer.

    A multi-omics data analysis demonstrates that protein N-terminal acetyltransferases (NATs) are commonly misregulated in different types of cancer implicating them in carcinogenesis.
    The study titled 'N-Terminal Acetyltransferases Are Cancer-Essential Genes Prevalently Upregulated in Tumours' is reported in the journal Cancers (Basel).
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    NEW FINDINGS FOR THE REGULATION OF CHOLESTEROL LEVELS IN THE HUMAN CELLS.
    New discovery by researchers at the University of Cyprus in collaboration with the University of Heidelberg, the University of Munich and the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, in relation to the metabolism of cholesterol in the human cells.

    Please click here for the full announcement (in Greek)
  • The Department of Biological Sciences is inviting applications for the position of Visiting Academic Staff at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the field of Biodiversity and Ecology for the Spring semester 2020-21 (15th January 2021-31st May 2021). Announcement
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    The Department of Biological Sciences accepts applications for Teaching Assistant positions in undergraduate courses for Fall Semester 2020/2021. The call is open to Ph.D. students only. Application dates: 06/07/2020 - 17/07/2020

    Interested applicants must submit their application online through the following link: https://applications.ucy.ac.cy/recruitment
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    New provisional patent filed by members of the Cancer Biology and Chemoprevention Laboratory.
    Reporting New U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/035,415 - Our Ref. 33303/55652/US
    Title of invention: Therapeutic nanocarrier system and methods of use
    Inventors: Dr. Yiota Gregoriou, Gregoria Gregoriou, Emeritus Prof. Andreas I. Constantinou
  • new position available
    AVAILABLE POSITIONS (TEACHING) FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
        
    Extended Deadline for applications, April 3rd 2020
    Click here for more information
 
NEWSFEED (Click to expand)
  • Chairperson's Welcome Message
    On behalf of the faculty and administration staff, I'd like to welcome you to the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Cyprus.
    Biology lies at the frontline of science...more

  • Drosophila Lab
    A new study from the Drosophila Development and Homeostasis Lab

    The study was published in Nature Cell Biology and highlights the role of oxygen-transporting tracheae in intestinal stem cell regeneration and tumors.

    Read the full article here: https://rdcu.be/ckBWe
    and in the journal website: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41556-021-00674-1
  • Student Presentations
     Student Presentations for the Spring Semester of 2020-21.

     Please see the Presentation announcements for the current Semester

     Link : Onedrive
  • OELMEK 16 Seminar
    16th Educational Scientific Conference of the Association of Biologists OELMEK
     
    The Association of Biologists OELMEK organizes on 17/4/2021, at 16.30, the 16th Scientific Training Conference, which is organized online this year, with the theme: "The cell reveals the secrets of life".
    The Conference is under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Science and is held in collaboration with the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Cyprus and the Biology/Physiognomy Inspectorate.

    Watch live from YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/17uf0aApcDY

    Watch live from Facebook:
    https://fb.me/e/44WilEKd6
  • Skourides Website
    New Website of the Cell and Developmental Biology Laboratory
     
    Visit the new website of the Cell and Developmental Biology Laboratory at: http://skourideslab.com/
     
  • new position available
    CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR VISITING ACADEMIC STAFF

    The Department of Biological Sciences is inviting applications for the position of Visiting Academic Staff at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the field of Biodiversity and Ecology for the Fall semester 2021-22 (1st September 2021 - 31st December 2021). The final offer of the position depends on availability of University funds.
     
    More Info: Click here
  • Behavioural Ecology Lab2
    An investigation of the effects of tape lures used in bird trapping.

    A study from the Behavioural Ecology and Evolution lab investigated the effects of tape lures used in bird trapping. They show with the use of playback experiments that the number of target species caught in mist nets sky rockets when playbacks are in use (e.g. 14 times more blackcaps with playbacks in autumn, when migration is in full flow). However, contrary to popular belief, they also significantly increase bycatch and the number of species trapped, many of which are listed as conservation priority species. With capture rates being an order of magnitude higher when using tape lures, this is no longer a conflict between communities supporting traditions and conservationists. This is an industrial scale operation using non-traditional broadcasting apparatus that local communities need to be informed about and policy makers need to act on accordingly. The study was published in Biology Letters.
     
  • Behavioural Ecology Lab
    A gene on chromosome 8 mediates carotenoid-based feather colour across a natural hybrid zone.

    Researchers from the Behavioural Ecology and Evolution lab have identified the genetic region underpinning differences between red and yellow feathers in birds across a hybrid zone in Southern Africa. A genome wide association study performed in collaboration with researchers from the University of California found SNPs associated with CYP2J19, the gene identified as the ketolase that catalyses the conversion of dietary yellow carotenoids to red ketocarotenoids in birds with red feathers. Raman spectroscopy, performed in collaboration with the Hayes lab in the Department of Chemistry at UCY, confirmed the presence of different carotenoids in red and yellow feathers. Asymmetric introgression suggests a female preference for males with red feathers over males with yellow feathers, consistent with the hypothesis that converted carotenoids are an honest signal of quality. The study was published in Molecular Ecology.
     
  • Epigenetics Lab website
    New website of the Epigenetics and Gene regulation Laboratory

    Visit the new website of the Epigenetics and Gene regulation Laboratory at: https://www.kirmizislab.com/
  • MBBLab website
    Brand-new website of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory

    Visit the brand-new website of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory www.mbblab.net and our accounts on Twitter (@LabSantama) and Instagram (mbblabucy)!
  • Sfendourakis
    The role of ecological specialization in shaping patterns of insular communities.

    The recently published work of the Ecology and Biodiversity Lab and colleagues from abroad, proposes a new index for the study of how biotic communities are shaped. Until now, research on the response of species richness to area and environmental heterogeneity had not addressed possible effects of species’ differences in ecological specialization. In this work Herein the new metric, ‘ecorichness’, is introduced, that combines species richness and the position of each species in the specialists-generalists spectrum. As a case study, a data set with terrestrial isopods from 43 Aegean islands and the habitats they exploit was used. The response of ‘ecorichness’ to area, habitat diversity and the K-parameter of the Choros model, as well as its relation to the ‘Small Island Effect’ (SIE) was evaluated. The best model describing ‘ecorichness’ response to area and habitat heterogeneity was found to be a quadratic one, with peaks located at an area similar to the SIE threshold. The response of ‘ecorichness’ to area was found to be shaped mainly by the increasing contribution of specialists in the assemblages of islands larger than the SIE threshold. Overall, ‘ecorichness’ will facilitate exploration of the role of ecological specialization in the shaping of biotic communities and is expected to become an important tool for the study of the patterns they exhibit.
  • Kirmizis Lab announcement
    A new study from the Epigenetics and Gene Regulation Lab uncovers the widespread association of protein N-terminal acetyltransferases in cancer.

    A multi-omics data analysis demonstrates that protein N-terminal acetyltransferases (NATs) are commonly misregulated in different types of cancer implicating them in carcinogenesis.
    The study titled 'N-Terminal Acetyltransferases Are Cancer-Essential Genes Prevalently Upregulated in Tumours' is reported in the journal Cancers (Basel).
  •  
     
     
     
    NEW FINDINGS FOR THE REGULATION OF CHOLESTEROL LEVELS IN THE HUMAN CELLS.
    New discovery by researchers at the University of Cyprus in collaboration with the University of Heidelberg, the University of Munich and the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, in relation to the metabolism of cholesterol in the human cells.

    Please click here for the full announcement (in Greek)
  • The Department of Biological Sciences is inviting applications for the position of Visiting Academic Staff at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the field of Biodiversity and Ecology for the Spring semester 2020-21 (15th January 2021-31st May 2021). Announcement
  •  
    The Department of Biological Sciences accepts applications for Teaching Assistant positions in undergraduate courses for Fall Semester 2020/2021. The call is open to Ph.D. students only. Application dates: 06/07/2020 - 17/07/2020

    Interested applicants must submit their application online through the following link: https://applications.ucy.ac.cy/recruitment
  •   PDF ok  
    New provisional patent filed by members of the Cancer Biology and Chemoprevention Laboratory.
    Reporting New U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/035,415 - Our Ref. 33303/55652/US
    Title of invention: Therapeutic nanocarrier system and methods of use
    Inventors: Dr. Yiota Gregoriou, Gregoria Gregoriou, Emeritus Prof. Andreas I. Constantinou
  • new position available
    AVAILABLE POSITIONS (TEACHING) FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
        
    Extended Deadline for applications, April 3rd 2020
    Click here for more information