Efthimia (Efi) Cotou

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Personal InformationEfthimia (Efi) Cotou
PositionPrincipal Researcher
Field & DegreeAquatic Toxicology, PhD
Research FieldBiomarkers & Bioassays
E-mail Address ecotou@hcmr.gr
Phone0030 2291076492
AddressHCMR 46.7 km of Athens – Sounio Ave. 19013 Anavissos Attica, Greece
ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1480-8257

Biomarkers in Aquatic and Nutritional Toxicology
Biomarkers in Aquaculture
Developmental, nutritional, prognostic biomarkers
Biomarkers of antioxidant, detoxify and digestive systems
Susceptible and pollution biomarkers
Living cells culture, in vitro bioassays
In vivo, in situ bioassays
Bioactivity, biotoxicity of functional aquafeeds, ingredients, additives
Fish, shellfish, invertebrate physiology
Aquaculture and Environment Interaction

I am a holder of a PhD in Aquatic Toxicology and Environmental Sanitation (University of Ghent, Belgium, funded by the EEC) and a BSc in Biology (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece). My research focus on identification/selection of ideal biomarkers and development/optimization/validation of bioassays to detect anthropogenic environmental impacts on aquatic organisms and to evaluate the status of development, health and survival of marine farmed fish and shellfish affected by rearing systems, nutritional manipulations, disease treatments and exposure to other stressors during production. I have been involved in many EU and National research projects related to my research interests. I have established the Ecotoxicology Lab for Biological markers and assays at the Institute of Oceanography of HCMR and the Toxicology and Biomarkers Lab at the IMBBC of HCMR, where I am the Scientific responsible. I have been evaluator for the establishment of International Standardized guidelines for toxicity bioassays (ISO) by the Hellenic Organization Standardization (ELOT) and initiator for the production of National legislation (FEK 455/4-4-2000) for licensing chemical dispersants to combat oil pollution in seawaters based on toxicity bioassays.

Publication recordNo of ProjectsThesis supervision
H-index (scopus): 14Coordinator: 3PhD: 1
Articles: 27Princ. Invest.: 7MSc: 4
Citations-total: 565Project member: 15BSc: 4
Citations-nonself: 551Funding: 947,671
Year (completed) Degree, Department, University, Town (optional), Country
2010Methods in Micro-Nanotechnology and Nano-Biotechnology, National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Athens, Greece (funded by FT7-People-INT-2008)
2008DNA Basic Sequencing and Fragment Analysis, Applied Biosystems, Manchester, UK
2006Genetically modified organisms: Detection of genetic material with PCR, Department of Biology, University of Athens, Greece
1995Intensive training course on "The applications of ecotoxicology in the monitoring and assessment of marine pollution', Institute of General Physiology, University of Genova, Italy (funded by UNEP/MAP)
1993PhD in Aquatic Toxicology & Environmental Sanitation, University of Ghent, Belgium (Granted by EEC-87400682BEPUA). PhD Thesis Title: Controlled production of ephippia of Daphnia pulex (Leydig) as biological material to start toxicity tests on chemicals
1986BSc in Biology, University of Athens, Greece. BSc Thesis Title: Study the toxicity of an oil dispersant on the Na-K and Mg ATPase system of Artemia
Year (start) Position – Organization, Town (optional), Country
2014Senior Researcher, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
2007Associate Researcher, Institute of Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
2006Research Scientist, Institute of Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
1994Research Scientist, Institute of Oceanography, National Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
1986Research Assistant, Division of Zoology, Department of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
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