About the Author
Effie Tsakalidou is Professor of Food Biochemistry in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. She is also the Director of the ACA-DC collection of microorganisms of the Laboratory of Dairy Research. Her research interests lie in the field of lactic acid bacteria, with emphasis on taxonomy, metabolism, physiology, genetics, bioinformatics, antimicrobial peptides, probiotics and technological performance. She has co-authored over 280 publications in the above fields, 280 publications in the above fields, including 86 research papers and 8 review papers in peer-reviewed journals along with 14 book chapters, and presented 8 non-conference invited papers, 121 papers in international conferences and 73 papers in national conferences. She is the coordinator of a number of National and European research projects, member of the Editorial Board in international scientific journals as well as member of scientific societies. Effie Tsakalidou is the Head of the Laboratory of Dairy Research. Since 2012, she is the Vice President of the Council of the Agricultural University of Athens. Konstantinos Papadimitriou was awarded his PhD degree on the stress physiology of lactic acid bacteria in 2006 with distinction. Since then, Dr. Papadimitriou has worked in different projects funded by EU or national funds as a research associate in the group of Prof. Tsakalidou. His main research interests include the microbiology of milk and milk products, the physiology, the genetics and the genomics of lactic acid bacteria, the metagenomics of food ecosystems, single cell microbiology, plasmid biology and applied bioinformatics. Dr. Papadimitriou has published twenty-one original research articles and has received more than 200 citations. Dr. Papadimitriou and Prof. Tsakalidou are the editors of the book entitled "The stress physiology of lactic acid bacteria" published by Springer (2011). Furthermore, Dr. Papadimitriou is a member of the editorial board of Applied and Environmental Microbiology (ASM) and has served as an ad-hoc reviewer in more than twenty research journals.