University of Thessaly, Greece
Title: Using multiomic approaches to dissect the genetic network driving pesticides biodegradation by individual bacteria and bacterial consortia
Dr Dimitrios Karpouzas did his PhD on enhanced biodegradation of pesticides at HRI, Wellesbourne, UK. Subsequently he worked as a postodoc in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and as a Marie Curie Fellow in Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy before taking the position of Lecturer in the University of Thessaly in 2006. He is now a Prof. in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly and Director of the Laboratory of Plant and Environmental Biotechnology (http://plantenvlab.bio.uth.gr/). His main research focus is on studying the interactions of pesticides with soil microorganisms. In this frame particular focus is on (i) the microbial degradation of pesticides and the genetic mechanisms driving microbial adaptation for rapid pesticide biodegradation in soil, (ii) the isolation, characterization and biotechnological exploitation of pesticide-degrading microbes using system biology approaches (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics), functional metagenomics and heterologous expression systems, (iii) the assessment of the ecotoxicity of pesticides on soil microorganisms using advanced and standardized tools and (iv) the study of basic processes controlling the environmental fate of pesticides. He is the author of more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Karpouzas is associate editor of the journals BIODEGRADATION and FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY and member of several scientific committees including the SETAC Pesticide Microbiology Group, the IUPAC Subcommittee on Crop Protection Chemistry, The National Committee on Plant Protection Products and president of the Hellenic Scientific Society of Mikrobiocosmos. He has coordinated several research projects funded by the European Commission (FP7-IAPP-MCSA; FP7-IRG-MCSA, H2020-IF-MCSA), National Funding bodies and industrial partners.