Dr. Vardis Ntoukakis
Time of writing: 2019
Vardis Ntoukakis studied Plant Sciences at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received his PhD degree in Plant Biochemistry from the University of California Riverside. He worked at top UK institutions, as a research fellow at the Sainsbury Laboratory and the John Innes Centre, and as Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. His track record includes publications in high impact journals for aspects of plant-microbe interactions, biochemistry, and proteomics. As recognition of his research in plant signalling cascades, he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and more recently appointed as theme leader at the Warwick Centre for Integrative Synthetic Biology (WISB). His laboratory addresses the fundamental questions of how plant cells transduce receptor activation to downstream signalling in order to express a subset of genes and respond appropriately to pathogen infection. They also take advantage of strategies employed by plant pathogenic microbes to create tools for synthetic biology.