Dr. Theodore G. Sotiroudis, Director
of Research IBRB/NHRF
Hellenic Research Foundation (N.H.R.F.)
Institute of Biology, Medicinal Chemistry and Biotechnology
48 Vas. Constantinou Ave., Athens 11635, Greece
Tel.: / FAX +30-210-7273893 / +30-210-7273758
Theodore Sotiroudis was born in Athens in 1946. He graduated from the Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece in 1970. From 1972 to 1976 he was a postgraduate scholar of the National Hellenic Research Foundation and he obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Athens in 1977. Since 1977 he has been researcher of NHRF, and since 1995 Director of Research in IBRB/NHRF. He is group leader of the Enzyme and Synthetic Biotechnology Program of IBRB. During 1982 and 1985 he worked as a postdoctoral Scientist, holder of an EMBO fellowship, with Prof. Sir Philip Cohen at the University of Dundee, Scotland and with Prof. Ludwig Heilmeyer Jr. at the University of Bochum, Germany respectively on protein phosphorylation. From 1986 to 1987 and from 1990 to 1991 he worked as an invited Visitor Scientist at W.Alton Jones Cell Science Center Inc., Lake Placid, New York, on Protein Microcharacterization and Molecular Biology research projects. He also collaborated for many years with Prof. Gordon Sato, member of the Academy of Sciences of USA and Director of W.Alton Jones Cell Science Center Inc., on the ''Manzanar Project'', a humanitarian effort for the a alleviation of poverty, hunger, environmental pollution, and global warming through sea water aquaculture and silviculture in deserts.
He has more than 30 years of research experience in protein chemistry and enzymology and more than 120 publications, 64 of which are in peer reviewed international journals. His publication ''The role of endogenous amphiphiles on the stability of virgin olive oil-in-water emulsions'' by T.G. Sotiroudis, G.T. Sotiroudis, N. Varkas and A. Xenakis published in J.Am.Chem.Soc. (2005) 82, 415-420, has received the 2005 Archer Daniels Midland Award Protein and Co-Products Division for Best Paper in Chemistry and Nutrition of the American Oil Chemists' Society. Çe has been supervisor of 12 Ph.D. theses.
During the last years, he has focused on three research targets of Industrial Biotechnology: (a) The understanding of the effect of oxidative processes (both enzymic and non-enzymic) on the quality of virgin olive oil and other plant foods of Mediterranean Diet and the development of methodologies for the estimation of the oxidative status in food products, as well as the production of active biomolecules from plant material, (b) The culture of microalgae (especially Spirulina sp. (Arthrospira sp.)), aiming on the production of functional foods, nutraceuticals and cosmetics, and (c) The production of biodiesel from non-edible seed oils and microalgae. His research activities are financed by Greek and European competitive grants as well as by private sources. He has been invited to give lectures at many International and Greek Conferences and was member of the Organizing Committees of International and Greek Congresses. He has taught in post-graduate courses of Hellenic Universities and in the common educational programme of W.Alton Jones Cell Science Center with Clarckson University in USA. He teaches in the postgraduate M.Sc. program of Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, which is coordinated by the Department of Biology of the University of Athens. He is a member of various International and Greek Scientific Societies and a reviewer in international scientific journals and of research proposals in EU and Greece. During 2003-2004 he has been Acting Director of IBRB and for many years member of the Administrative Council of NHRF as the Representative of Researchers of the Foundation. He is member of the Scientific Council of IBRB.
He is Scientific Advisor of the Greek Company ALGAE A.C., Nigrita Serres (www.spirulina.gr) and a Scientific Expert and Technology Facilitator for IIMSAM (Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition) an Inter-governmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (www.iimsam.org).