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 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Undergraduate

400867 Biochemistry (module leader)

600065 Reviews in 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

58327 20-credit Research Project (Chemistry)

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

Let there be light - bacterial generation

Efthimiou, G. (2005). Let there be light - bacterial generation. Biologist, 52(4), 224-225

A novel finding that Streptomyces clavuligerus can produce the antibiotic clavulanic acid using olive oil as a sole carbon source

Efthimiou, G., Thumser, A., & Avignone-Rossa, C. (2008). A novel finding that Streptomyces clavuligerus can produce the antibiotic clavulanic acid using olive oil as a sole carbon source. Journal of applied microbiology, 105(6), 2058-2064. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2008.03975.x

Genome-wide transcriptomic analysis of the response to nitrogen limitation in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2)

Lewis, R. A., Shahi, S. K., Laing, E., Bucca, G., Efthimiou, G., Bushell, M., & Smith, C. P. (2011). Genome-wide transcriptomic analysis of the response to nitrogen limitation in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2). BMC research notes, 4(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-4-78

Effect of Rocket (Eruca sativa) Extract on MRSA Growth and Proteome: Metabolic Adjustments in Plant-Based Media

Doulgeraki, A. I., Efthimiou, G., Paramithiotis, S., Pappas, K. M., Typas, M. A., & Nychas, G. (2017). Effect of Rocket (Eruca sativa) Extract on MRSA Growth and Proteome: Metabolic Adjustments in Plant-Based Media. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.00782

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.

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

THYME: Machine learning and metabolic modelling of key bacteria growing in biofilm mode in the human gut

Funder

Research England

Grant

£5,000.00

Started

1 August 2019

Status

Complete

Project

Summer Internship

Funder

00 100% DI (0% overhead, 0% inflation): Charity

Grant

£6,000.00

Started

15 June 2020

Status

Ongoing

Postgraduate supervision

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

Awards and prizes

Best CPD organisation prize, University of Strathclyde, UK

2017

CPD in Food Safety (1-day)

Teaching Excellence Award nomination, University of Strathclyde, UK

2018

Conference organisation

CPD in Food Safety, University of Strathclyde, UK

2017

Coccus Pocus 2019, University of Hull

2019

A microbiology-inspired scary story competition

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 MRes theses, 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 Scientific Reports (Nature Group)

2017

Reviewer for Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (Springer)

2017

Reviewer for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (Springer)

2020

Reviewer for the Polish Journal of Microbiology

2020

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2017

Member of Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)

2010

Chartered Biologist (CBiol), Royal Society of Biology

2015

Member of Microbiology Society (UK)

2016

Member of American Microbiology Society (ASM, USA)

2011

Member of Mikrobiokosmos society (FEMS-affiliated, Greece)

2012

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

2012

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

2019