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Dr Georgios Efthimiou

Dr Georgios Efthimiou

Lecturer in Microbiology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Hull York Medical School

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).

400867 Biochemistry (module leader)

300081 Introduction to Biological Sciences

400479 Skills for Biomedical and Human Biology Scientists

400468 Skills for 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

A guide to pedagogical research for scientists from a biological sciences background

Lacey, M. M., & Efthimiou, G. (2022). A guide to pedagogical research for scientists from a biological sciences background. Access Microbiology, 4(8), Article 416. https://doi.org/10.1099/acmi.0.000416

In Silico Genomic and Metabolic Atlas of Limosilactobacillus reuteri DSM 20016: An Insight into Human Health

Smythe, P., & Efthimiou, G. (2022). In Silico Genomic and Metabolic Atlas of Limosilactobacillus reuteri DSM 20016: An Insight into Human Health. Microorganisms, 10(7), Article 1341. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms10071341

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

Research interests

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

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Evaluating the antibacterial properties of natural cleaning products by Bio-D.

Funder

Bio D Company Ltd

Grant

£1,200.00

Started

19 October 2020

Status

Ongoing

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)

Committee/Steering group role

Member of the Prokaryotic Division, Microbiology Society, UK

2021

Member of the HUBS Network, Royal Society of Biology (UK)

2021

A network of educators aiming to improve bioscience teaching in HE.

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 25 national and European scientific conferences (details available upon request)

2005 - 2021

External examiner role

External examiner for MRes theses, University of Strathclyde, UK

2018

Journal editorial role

Topic Editor for Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

2021

Editor-in-Chief for Access Microbiology

2021

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

Social Media Lead for the Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences

2021

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.

Admissions Tutor for BSc(Hons) in Forensic Science

2021

Reviewer for BBSRC grant proposals

2020

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