Faculty of Biology, Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, NKUA (Research Group: Molecular-Cellular Ageing and Carcinogenesis)

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) was officially founded in 1837. It is the leading and most well-known academic institution in Greece, offering valuable educational services. NKUA, with the dynamics of its members (approximately 80,000 pregraduate and postgraduate students, over 2,000 members of academic staff and approximately 1,300 administrative and secretarial staff), is at the leading edge of education and research.

The Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics is based at the Faculty of Biology, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

The research Group of “Molecular-Cellular Ageing and Carcinogenesis” (MCAC) (PI: Professor Ioannis P Trougakos) which participates in the HYPER-MASTIC project, has intense research activity in various fields of cell-molecular biology, including those of aging and age-related diseases (e.g., cancer, neurodegenerative diseases), as well as in the study of the bioactivity of medicinal and/or natural products.

The MCAC group has published a large number of research papers in leading international scientific journals in recent years. It has also participated in several National and International research projects, as well as in clinical trials of pharmaceuticals.

The available equipment of the MCAC group meets the requirements of the scientific project HYPER-MASTIC since the group has all the needed laboratory and technological infrastructure for the research areas of molecular-cell biology, biochemistry, cell culture, metabolism, culturing of experimental models (e.g., Drosophila insects), high-resolution bioimaging, and the high throughput study of the bioactivity of medicinal and/or natural products.The MCAC group also participates in the National Infrastructures projects BioImaging-GR and PlantUP-GR, thus its members have access to a number of additional state-of-the-art research technologies.

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