Georgios Nikolopoulos

Georgios was awarded his BSc in Biology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece in 2015. His final year thesis examined the inter- and intra-specific genetic variation of the rare endemic plant species Stachys virgata Bory&Chaub (Labiatae), and the phylogenetic placement of the species. Georgios presented this 18 month project at two conferences.

Georgios was awarded the Lhasa scholarship from the University of Leeds, which helped to fund his MSc in Bioscience at the University of Leeds from which he graduated in 2017 with distinction. His MSc research projectwith Dr Katie Field at the University of Leeds was on the effect of plant root exudates on the soil of the rhizosphere. His work lead to the development of a novel assay that examines the interaction of soil and plant exudates .

Georgios is currently in the 1st year of his PhD studies with the School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine and Health of the University of Leeds. His research aims to identify genes that cause Amelogenesis Imperfecta (AI) in human teeth from affected families and to understand the evolutionary history of these genes and gene families. His project is a collaboration between our group in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, and Professor Chris Inglehearn, Dr Claire Smith and Dr Alan Mighell (lead supervisor) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, with funding awarded from a School of Dentistry scholarship.

As part of the Leeds Dental Genetics group Georgios is also assisting with the maintenance of the Leeds AI gene variant database: http://dna2.leeds.ac.uk/LOVD/

 

We are always looking for collaborators and new people to come and work with us. Please get in contact if you are interested in what we do: m.oconnell@leeds.ac.uk