B.S., Biology, University of Crete, Greece
M.S., Protein Biotechnology, University of Crete, Greece
Ph.D., Biology, University of Crete, Greece
My project aims to dissect the biogenesis of cell wall in bacteria. Bacteria have invented elaborate mechanisms to construct their cell wall, maintain it and remodel it in a dramatic way during cytokinesis. Some of the proteins involved in cell wall biogenesis are the targets of antibiotics, underlining their importance. I want to understand the molecular mechanisms of cell wall construction and maintenance by bacterial protein molecular machines, such as the Penicillin Binding Proteins and their cognate lipoprotein activators.