Alexandros holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry & Biotechnology and an M.Sc. in Molecular Diagnostics. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of Thessaly, under the supervision of Professor K. Mathiopoulos. He has acquired an expertise in infectious diseases and insect pests through his participation in multiple national and EU-funded research programs in Greece and Spain. His Ph.D. work focuses on the development of novel genomic tools for the management of the Asian tiger (Aedes albopictus) and the yellow fever (Aedes aegypti) mosquitoes. These two invasive species are responsible for the transmission of the major lethal arboviruses (zika, dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, etc.) that have provoked numerous epidemic outbreaks throughout the world.
As a Fulbright fellow, he will spend a 6-month period at the Dimopoulos group of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where he will investigate the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in two major biological systems that are essential for the mosquito’s vectorial capacity: the reproductive and immune systems. During his visit, he will use infrastructure and organisms that lack from his current academic environment while he will broaden his training in higher biosafety level facilities. Through this fellowship, Alexandros will have the opportunity to join the world’s leading public health institute during the COVID-19 era, and to enhance his research and science communication skills by interacting with the experts of the field. Moreover, he will join a multinational environment and he will become an active component of a brilliant scientific community.