MEVIR project supports a scientific partnership between the following scientists/laboratories in Greece and Bulgaria:

Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), Greece

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

  • Maria D. Koffa, PhD, Assoc. Professor of Cell Biology, Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, Cell cycle and Proteomics
  • Sotiria Boukouvala, PhD, Asst. Professor of Molecular Genetics
  • Gianoulis Fakis, PhD, Asst. Professor of Genetics
  • Bogos (Pavlos) Agianian, PhD, Asst. Professor of Molecular Biology
  • Ioanna Maroulakou, PhD, Professor of Genetics

 Department of Medicine

  • Ekaterini Alexiou-Chatzaki, PhD, Assoc. Professor, Laboratory of Pharmacology (project coordinator)
  • Theodoros C. Constantinidis, PhD, MD, Assoc. Professor, Director Laboratory of Hygiene and Environmental Protection
  • George Kolios, PhD, MD, Professor, Director Laboratory of Pharmacology
  • Maria Lambropoulou, PhD, Asst. Professor, Laboratory of Histology-Embryology

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece

Department of Medicine

  • Theodore Agorastos, PhD, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Director 4th Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynaecology AUTH

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Department of Medicine

  • Maria Simopoulou, PhD, Lecturer, Laboratory of Experimental Physiology


Greek Work Team

  1. Myrto Papaioannou, PhD (senior scientist)
  2. Christos Nikolaidis, PhD (senior scientist)
  3. Iliana A. Kesisova (junior scientists)
  4. Konstantinos C. Nakos (junior scientist)
  5. Vassiliki Garefalaki (junior scientist)
  6. Christina Arapatzi (scientific support)
  7. Spyros Dekavalas (scientific support)
  8. Theocharis Constantinidis, MD (senior scientist)
  9. Kostas Arvanitidis (technical support)
  10. George Chatzievagellou (admin support)
  11. Nikos Grigoriadis (IT support)


(Регионална Здравна Инспекция Кърджали)

  • Jeni Staykova, PhD, MD,  Assoc. Professor (Director)
  • Bozhidar Stoyanov, Senior Expert at “ALFES” Directorate at RHI – Kardzhali (project coordinator)
  • Vasko Raychinov (admin support)



The Democritus University of Thrace

 Democritus University of Thrace was established in July 1973 and begun its operation in academic year 1974-1975. It is named after the famous Greek philosopher Democritus, who hailed from the ancient town of Abdera in Thrace. The administration of the University is based in the campus of Komotini, capital of the Administrative Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. The University currently comprises seven Faculties and eighteen Departments located in the four major cities of Thrace, Komotini, Xanthi, Alexandroupolis and Orestiada. It is a Public Entity with autonomous administration, funded and supervised by the Ministry of Education. Its current student population is approximately 15,000. The University plays an important role in the educational, cultural and economic development of the region, and is one of the largest academic institutions in Greece. It is committed to high quality of teaching and research, promoting its reputation as one of the top universities in the country.

The Department of Medicine

 The Department of Medicine was established in 1977 and started to operate in Alexandroupolis in academic year 1984-1985. Despite the early adversities, the Department today demonstrates a high level of quality in undergraduate teaching, and additionally offers a number of postgraduate courses in specialized modern medical fields. It is committed to high standard medical research, as evidenced by an increasing number of publications in peer-review journals and collaborations with research academic institutions both domestically and abroad. The Department strives to advance its scientific and technological status, attracting distinguished scientists from Greece and abroad, as well as competitive external funding. Furthermore, the University Hospital provides vital health services to the local and regional community, while promoting public awareness in major health issues.


The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

 The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is one of the newest departments of Democritus University of Thrace, having commenced operation in 2000. It is the only university department in Greece dedicated to providing a Molecular Biology and Genetics undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum, and was founded with the vision of becoming a centre of innovation and excellence in research and education. The Department contributes to the scientific and technological development of Northern Greece and the broader region through collaboration with renowned institutions nationally and internationally, as well as dissemination of research outcomes in recognised scientific journals and conferences. Research infrastructure has been funded by grants from the Greek Ministry of Education, the Greek Ministry of Economy and Finance, the EU Framework Program 7 etc. Research has additionally been supported by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology, not-for-profit foundations and the industry.