Dr Georgios Efthimiou

Dr Georgios Efthimiou

Lecturer in Microbiology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Surrey)
  • MSc (Imperial College London)
  • PhD (University of Surrey)
  • MSc (University of Strathclyde)

Summary

Georgios finished his BSc (Hons) in Microbiology (Medical) and his PhD in Molecular Applied Microbiology at the University of Surrey (UK), with two brief breaks in between for completing his professional training year at Janssen Pharmaceutica (Belgium) and an MSc course in Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses, at Imperial College London (UK). He started his postdoctoral career with a 14-month research project at the University of Surrey, studying the gene expression regulation of antibiotic production by Streptomyces coelicolor, by use of ChIP-on-chip technology and DNA microarrays. He then moved to Yale School of Medicine (USA) for studying the effect of intestinal microflora on the development of Type 1 diabetes in experimental mice. Finally, he worked for 3 years as a Postdoctoral Associate at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), studying the gene expression profiles of biofilm-forming bacteria on a variety of food products, by use of DNA microarrays. His research interests are: Natural antimicrobials, Biofilms, Probiotics, Microbial Communities and Food Safety. His specialties include: Molecular Microbiology, Genomics, Gene Expression, Fermentation Technology, Microbial Metabolism. Georgios also worked for 4 years as teaching fellow at Akmi Metropolitan College (Greece) and the University of Strathclyde (UK) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Undergraduate

400867 Biochemistry (module leader)

601146 Reviews in Human Biology (module leader)

300081 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Biology

400479 Skills for Biomedical and Forensic Scientists

500707 Biological Basis of Disease

500702 Clinical Microbiology and Immunology

500684 Molecular Genetics and Proteomics

551328 Crime Scene to Court Room 1

500704 Professional & Research Skills for Biomedical Scientists & Human Biologists

601117 Medical Microbiology

601454 Independent Research Projects

Postgraduate:

701043 Current Topics in Biomedical Science

701042 Biomedical Sciences Research Projects

701046 Infection and Immunity

701047 Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Toll-like receptor 7 deficiency suppresses type 1 diabetes development by modulating B-cell differentiation and function

Huang, J., Peng, J., Pearson, J. A., Efthimiou, G., Hu, Y., Tai, N., …Wen, L. (in press). Toll-like receptor 7 deficiency suppresses type 1 diabetes development by modulating B-cell differentiation and function. Cellular and Molecular Immunology, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41423-020-00590-8

Association Between Breastfeeding and the Development of Childhood Diabetes Mellitus Type I (DM I): The Effect of Prolonged Exclusive Breastfeeding on Gut Microbiome and the Link with DM I

Karagkouni, I., Sideridou, M., Stoupi, S., & Efthimiou, G. (2021). Association Between Breastfeeding and the Development of Childhood Diabetes Mellitus Type I (DM I): The Effect of Prolonged Exclusive Breastfeeding on Gut Microbiome and the Link with DM I. Acta scientific paediatrics, 4(1), 28-32

Antibiofilm activity of heather and manuka honeys and antivirulence potential of some of their constituents on the DsbA1 enzyme of pseudomonas aeruginosa

Shirlaw, O., Billah, Z., Attar, B., Hughes, L., Qasaymeh, R. M., Seidel, V., & Efthimiou, G. (2020). Antibiofilm activity of heather and manuka honeys and antivirulence potential of some of their constituents on the DsbA1 enzyme of pseudomonas aeruginosa. Antibiotics, 9(12), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics9120911

Microbes Against Humanity, a workshop game for horrible students: using a creative card game in higher education microbiology teaching

Efthimiou, G., & Tucker, N. P. (2020). Microbes Against Humanity, a workshop game for horrible students: using a creative card game in higher education microbiology teaching. Access Microbiology, https://doi.org/10.1099/acmi.0.000186

Investigation of the physiology and architecture of Salmonella Enteritidis biofilms under alkaline conditions

Papakonstantinou, A., & Efthimiou, G. (2020). Investigation of the physiology and architecture of Salmonella Enteritidis biofilms under alkaline conditions. Acta Scientific Microbiology, 3(3), 1-11

Research interests

Microbial biofilms; Gut microbiome; Microbial products; Microbial communities; Probiotics; Natural antimicrobials.

Postgraduate supervision

Microbial biofilms; Probiotics; Natural antimicrobials; Microbial communities; Infection and Immunity.

Awards and prizes

Teaching Excellence Award nomination, University of Strathclyde, UK

2018

Best CPD organisation prize, University of Strathclyde, UK

2017

CPD in Food Safety (1-day)

Conference organisation

Coccus Pocus 2020, University of Hull

2020 - 2020

A microbiology-inspired scary story competition, funded by the National Biofilms Innovation Centre as part of its BiofilmAware outreach campaign.

Coccus Pocus 2019, University of Hull

2019

A microbiology-inspired scary story competition

CPD in Food Safety, University of Strathclyde, UK

2017

Conference presentation

Research results have been presented at 18 national and European scientific conferences (details available upon request)

2005 - 2020

External examiner role

External examiner for an MRes thesis, University of Strathclyde, UK

2018

Journal editorial role

Review Editor for Frontiers in Microbiology

2019

Editor Mentee for Access Microbiology

2019

Journal peer reviewer

Reviewer for Microbiology journal

2021

Reviewer for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (Springer)

2020

Reviewer for the Polish Journal of Microbiology

2020

Reviewer for FEMS Microbiology Letters

2020

Reviewer for Scientific Reports (Nature Group)

2017

Reviewer for Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (Springer)

2017

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (FIBMS)

2020

Member of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseasses (ESCMID)

2019

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

2017

Member of Microbiology Society (UK)

2016

Chartered Biologist (CBiol), Royal Society of Biology

2015

Member of Mikrobiokosmos society (FEMS-affiliated, Greece)

2012

Member of the Panhellenic Society of Bioscientists (PEV, Greece)

2012

Member of American Microbiology Society (ASM, USA)

2011

Member of Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)

2010

Other

Reviewer for BBSRC grant proposals

2020

Social Media Lead for the Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences

2020

This role involves the coordination of the Department's presence on the social media and the frequent communication of information about our news, placement and job opportunities, seminars, courses, research and outreach activities, open days, etc.