Dr Georgios Efthimiou

Lecturer in Microbiology / Module leader for Biochemistry

Faculty of Health Sciences


01482 465970

Georgios is a microbiology lecturer whose specialities include fermentation technology, microbial metabolism, metabolic modeling, microbial functional genomics and gene expression.

His current role includes teaching microbiology and biochemistry, supervising students, leading research projects, marking assignments, dissertations and exam papers, and attending academic staff meetings.

Georgios is a member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB), a Chartered Biologist (CBiol), a member of the Microbiology Society and a member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM).


Research Interests

  • Biofilms

  • Gut microbiome

  • Microbial products

  • Microbial communities and probiotics

Research groups

  • Natural anti-biofilm compounds, collaboration with Dr Veronique Seidel, University of Strathclyde, UK     

  • Gut microbiome compounds, collaboration with Dr Stavroula Stoupi, AMC College, Athens, Greece

  • Metabolic modeling, collaboration with Dr Claudio Avignione-Rossa, University of Surrey, UK


Doulgeraki A I, Efthimiou G (joint first author), Paramithiotis S, Pappas K M, Typas M A, Nychas G-J, 'Effect of rocket extract (Eruca sativa) on MRSA growth and proteome: metabolic adjustments in plant-based media', Frontiers in Microbiology, 8:782, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00782 (2017)

Lewis R A, Shahi S K, Laing E, Bucca G, Efthimiou G, Bushell M, Smith C P, 'Genome-wide transcriptomic analysis of the response to nitrogen limitation in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2)', BMC Research Notes, Volume 4, Article 78, doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-4-78 (2011)

Efthimiou G, Thumser A E, Avignone-Rossa C A, 'A novel finding that Streptomyces clavuligerus can produce the antibiotic clavulanic acid using olive oil as a sole carbon source', Journal of Applied Microbiology, Volume 105, Issue 6, pp 2058–2064, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2008.03975.x (2008)

Efthimiou G, 'Let there be light-bacterial generation', The Biologist, Volume 52, Issue 4, pp 224-225 (2005)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Biochemistry (module leader)

  • Clinical Microbiology and Immunology

  • Medical Microbiology

  • Independent Research Project

  • Infection and Immunity

Research PhDs

Georgios welcomes applications in microbiology, biochemistry and biomedical science.

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) in Microbiology (Medical), University of Surrey (2003)

  • MSc in Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses, Imperial College London (2004)

  • PhD in Molecular Applied Microbiology, University of Surrey (2008)

  • MSc in Academic Practice, University of Strathclyde (2018)

External roles

  • External examiner for MRes theses, University of Strathclyde

  • Reviewer for Scientific Reviews (Nature Group) and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (Springer)

Awards and accolades

  • Best CPD Organisation Prize 2017, Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

  • Teaching Excellence Award nomination (2018), University of Strathclyde

Professional highlights

  • Innovation Voucher (£5,000) from the Scottish Funding Council for carrying out a three-month project with Bubblegog Ltd (2017)

  • Innovation Voucher (£5,000) from the Scottish Funding Council for carrying out a three-month project with Scottish Bee Company (2018)

  • Organiser of a one-day CPD course in Food Safety, University of Strathclyde (2017)