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Research

Research Overview
Strategic vision of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) is to develop into a research excellence and innovation center in Greece and internationally.  The Department aspires for its faculty to exploit fully their research capacity, to develop and sustain research collaboration with the Medical Department - which, jointly with MBG constitute the School of Health Sciences - as well as with other Departments of DUTH, to maintain research collaborations with Greek and international Research Centers and Institutes and to build valorization capacity via productive consortia with Industry and SMEs at the local and national level.  Targeted research endeavors of MBG faculty focus on producing innovative knowledge of high additive value, and the capacity to create applications in human health and the biotechnological and environmental sectors.

In recent years, research capacity and infrastructure at MBG have been significantly advanced via funding through successful grant applications and attraction of donations from nonprofit institutions and independent organizations.  Fund sources include European FP7 and COST programs, national grants (GSRT, Ministries, Latsis foundation) and territorial cooperation programs (INTERREG, GSRT bilateral programs). Also, donations from the Bodossaki Foundation, EMBL and Athens-2004.

MBG has been the first Department in DUTH to succeed in being funded by a highly competitive Regional Potential (REGPOT) grant, under FP7-Capacities.  Only two such grants were awarded in DUTH.  The 1m Euro grant (BioStrength, 2009-2012) funded the founding and operation of Cell Imaging and Biomolecular Interaction (CiBIT) facility at MBG. CiBIT has been equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation in microscopy and biosensor analysis.  It is the only facility in DUTH and indeed North Greece providing external research services in high-end confocal bioimaging and biomolecular interaction analysis using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR).

Research Activities
Research at MBG focuses on the study of biological phenomena and mechanisms at the molecular and genetic level. Most research efforts at MBG aim to create exploitable knowledge with impact in three areas: 1) Biomedicine, in particular research for the benefit of Human health, 2) Biotechnology, with emphasis in Applied Microbiology and the study of Natural Products and 3) Molecular Agrobiology, centering on the molecular biology of insects and microorganisms. In addition, MBG faculty conduct high-impact research in Bioinformatics, Computational and Structural Biology, Ecology/Biodiversity and Pharmaceutical/Theoretical Chemistry. Finally, to support MBG's undergraduates and graduates and other bio-scientists in gaining assets towards a successful professional carrier, the Department sustains specific research in the field of Career Counseling and Management.

At MBG, we follow research strategies that employ interdisciplinarity and joining of forces via multiple collaborations between faculty. These strategies aim to capitalize on individual MBG research group expertise and the international character of research of many groups. We also value greatly and support the establishment of collaborations with the nearby Medical Department of DUTH and other DUTH Departments. This research approach has produced measurable achievements for MBG in recent years, as indicated from the track record of successful funding from competitive grants and the number and impact of scientific publications.

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