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The Program at a Glance
Who: Two Universities,one Research Center and one Medical Center  
Where: Heraklion and Chania, Crete  
When: Applications are now open and close on July 2,2021. Lectures start during the last week of September 2021 
Duration/Credits: 15 Months (90 ECTS) or 24 Months (120 ECTS)  

1st TRIMESTER  20/9-20/11 Introductory Module

Module Moderator:  Dimitris Papazoglou

BME 1 Cell biology and Physiology:A. Makrigiannakis ,Anastasios (Tassos) Pavlopoulos,Elena Kranioti

BME 2 SW and HW tools for Rapid Prototyping of Medical Devices:Nikos Chronis,Dimitris Papazoglou,Pavlos Savvidis,Vasilis Samoladas

BME 3 Measurement and Analysis of Bio-signals:Panagiotis Tsakalides,George Karystinos

BME 4 Biofluid Mechanics and Cardiovascular Technology:Dimitris Vlassopoulos,Yannis Papaharilaou 

BME 5 Laser Physics and Medical Lasers:Dimitris Papazoglou,Wolf von Klitzing

BME 1 Cell biology and Physiology

Anastasios (Tassos) Pavlopoulos (Course Moderator)

Is a Researcher in the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (IMBB-FORTH).His research focuses on Cellular & Developmental Biology. He leads the Developmental Morphogenesis Lab in IMBB studying the origin of biological form during animal development and evolution. His research aims to understand the molecular, cellular and biophysical mechanisms that sculpt different tissue shapes and sizes to suit the lifestyle of the organisms. To achieve this goal, we are focusing on genetically and optically tractable arthropod species that satisfy a number of appealing biological and technical requirements. We combine advanced microscopy and image analysis pipelines with genetic and mechanical perturbations to reconstruct and analyse intact developing embryos from a bottom-up cellular perspective, and to understand how the genomic information is translated into morphogenetic cellular activities like patterned cell proliferation, change of shape and movement.  


Elena Kranioti

Is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Sciences, in the Medical School of the University of Crete.MD from the school of Medicine (2003) of the University of Crete, Specialty in Forensic Pathology (2007). Marie Curie Fellowship at the Natural History Museum in Madrid (Spain), within the framework of EVAN, a European training network with focus on Virtual Anthropology. Ph.D at the Medical School of the University of Crete (2009). Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh (UK) since 2010 and promoted as Reader in 2019.Her research focuses on developing new methods and applications of Medical Imaging and Virtual tools in Forensic Anthropology and Pathology.



Antonis Makrigiannakis

Is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in the Medical School of the University of Crete. Founder of the IVF, Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecological Endocrinology Unit, as well as the Recurrent Miscarriages clinic within the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of the University of Crete.MD from the Medical School of the University of Athens (1988). PhD in 1994 from the Laboratory of Endocrine Pharmacology, Basic Sciences Division, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece. Trained as a General Surgeon (1993), and then specialized on Obstetrics & Gynecology (1997), at the Ob-Gyn Department of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete. Trained in Assisted Reproduction (including in vitro fertilization, IVF) and Gynecological Endocrinology in the Division of Human Reproduction, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA and in the Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, Department of Reproductive Surgery & Medicine, In Vitro Fertilization Unit, London, UK.His research focuses on

  • The mechanism of embryo implantation, as well as on tackling endometrial receptivity disorders in cases of recurrent assisted reproduction/IVF failure.
  • Patients characterized by repeated implantation failures.
  • Molecular mechanisms of folliculogenesis and follicular dysfunction.


BME 2 Software and Hardware tools for rapid prototyping of medical devices

George Deligeorgis (Course Moderator)

Is a Researcher in FORTH - IESL since (2015) working on high frequency carbon and 2D based devices.He earned his PhD in 2008 working on GaAs based Semiconductor laser diodes for telecommunication applications. Following his PhD, carbon-based devices (Graphene and CNTs) became his principal research interest. He stayed in LAAS-CNRS (Laboratory for analysis and architecture of Systems, National Center of Scientific Research), in France between 2010-2014 where he continued his activity in the same subject. Dr. Deligeorgis has worked on numerous projects in design and fabrication of compound semiconductor devices in the field of photonics and high frequency electronics (MMIC) for the last decade. He was involved in several National and European funded projects in the fields of photonics, RF device fabrication and polaritonic devices. He is currently leading the 2-dimensionalmaterial-based electronics activity in the microelectronics research group, while working on nonlinear graphene-based RF devices and polariton optoelectronics devices combining his knowledge in physics and nanotechnology. He has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has several invited and contributed talks. Finally, Dr. Deligeorgis is a founding member of the “Graphene Center, Greece”, member of the Steering board of Micro & Nano nanotechnology company, a member of several associations (IEEE e.t.c) and a reviewer in several international journals



Alexandros Pantazis

Is a Research Scientist at FORTH, where he works in the development of portable systems and platforms, by combining sensors technology, electronics and 3D printing techniques.He was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1980 and studied physics from 1998 to 2002 and received his MSc in Microelectronics - Optoelectronics in 2004, both from the University of Crete (UoC), Greece. He worked for a year as a Research Assistant in the Microelectronics Research Group of FORTH. In 2005, he joined the Biology Department of UoC, where he completed in 2007 and 2011 respectively an MSc and PhD in Protein Biotechnology, working on the development of biosensors for protein interactions. In 2011, he joined the Mechanical Engineering department of the University of Michigan, as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the BioMEMS laboratory. During his stay, he worked towards the development of pressure sensors, opto- and microfluidic chips for medical and biological applications. He has more than 18 publications and his research interests include from design to fabrication and application of biosensors, micro- and opto-fluidic devices, 3D printing technology, smart wearables, lab-on-a-chip systems and diagnostic platforms. He has developed more than four 3D printed full operational platforms for diagnosis and agriculture, has one patent and is one of the founders of the company "Biopix DNA Technology" that develops 3D printed diagnostic platforms for detecting of infectious diseases like influenza, COVID-19 etc


Vasilis Samoladas

is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Technical University of Crete. He holds an M.Sc (1995) and Ph.D. (2001) in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a diploma in Electrical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1992).  His research is focused on Computational Geometry, Information Systems (databases, distributed systems) and Big-Data Analytics. He has published in top journals (JACM, Algorithmica, VLDBJ, FGCS) and conferences (PODS, ESA, ICDE, VLDB, ICDT) and he has received the 1998 Best Paper Award from the SIGMOD PODS conference. Profressionally, he has served in several program committees of international conferences and workshops and was Program Chair for the 2008 Hellenic Data Management Conference. He is also the academic coordinator for the high-performance computing infrastructure of the Technical University of Crete.


BME 3 Measurement and Analysis of Bio-signals

Panagiotis Tsakalides (Course Moderator)

Is a Professor in the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete, and Head of the Signal Processing Laboratory at FORTH-ICS. Currently he the Rector of the University of Crete. He received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1990. The same year, he moved to Tinseltown (that is LA in California) for graduate studies with scholarships from the Fulbright and Bodossakis Foundations. He received the M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1991 and 1995, respectively. From 1996 to 1999, he was a Research Assistant Professor with the Signal & Image Processing Institute at USC and he consulted for the US Navy and Air Force. From 1999 to 2002 he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece. In September 2002, he joined the Computer Science Department at the University of Crete as an Associate Professor and FORTH-ICS as a Researcher.His research interests lie in the field of statistical signal processing with emphasis in non-Gaussian estimation and detection theory, sparse representations, and applications in sensor networks, audio, imaging, and multimedia systems. He has coauthored over 200 technical publications in these areas, including 43 journal papers. Furthermore, Prof. Tsakalides has an extended experience of transferring research and interacting with the industry. Since 2003, he has been the project coordinator in 8 European Commission and 13 national projects totaling more than 5 M € in actual funding for FORTH-ICS and the University of Crete.


George Matsopoulos

Is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. He received the diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1988 from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece. He received the M.Sc. degree in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree in 1993 from Bioengineering Unit at the University of Strathclyde, U.K. His interests are nonlinear image processing applied to medical applications, 2-D and 3-D registration of medical images, computer vision applications, medical decision support systems, and Web-based medical systems for telemedicine application and remote image processing. He published more than 300 papers in international journals, conferences, and scientific books.


George Karystinos

Is a Professor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering of the Technical University of Crete. He received the Diploma degree in computer engineering and science from the University of Patras in 1997 and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 2003. In August 2003, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, OH as an Assistant Professor. Prof. Karystinos was the recipient of the 2003 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award and the 2001 IEEE International Conference on Telecommunications Best Paper Award. He is a member of the IEEE Communications, Signal Processing, Information Theory, and Computational Intelligence Societies and a member of Eta Kappa Nu.His current research interests are in the areas of communication theory and systems, coding theory, adaptive signal processing, wireless communications, spreading code and signal waveform design, and neural networks.


George Tzagkarakis

received the PhD and MSc degrees (1st in class, Highest Honors) from the Computer Science Department at the University of Crete (UOC), Greece, in 2009 and 2004, respectively, and the BSc degree in Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics, University of Crete, in 2002 (1st in class, Highest Honors). A number of academic distinctions have been awarded to him both as an undergraduate and a post-graduate student from UOC, the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), as well as from external state foundations.Is a Principal Researcherin Signal Processing Laboratory (SPL) at FORTH-ICSsince May 2018. Since 2000, he has been collaborating with the Wave Propagation Group of the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) of FORTH, while in the period 2002-2010 he was affiliated as a research assistant in the Telecommunications and Networks Lab at FORTH-ICS.Between November 2010 and November 2012 he joined CEA/Saclay as a Marie Curie post-doctoral researcher in the Cosmology and Statistics Laboratory, working on the design and implementation of compressive sensing algorithms for remote imaging in areal and terrestrial surveillance systems.In 2012, he got a research position in EONOS Investment Technologies, where he now serves as the company's Scientific Director being responsible for developing and managing scientific research projects strategically aligned with the state-of-the-art in quantitative analysis, econometrics, and computational finance using advanced signal and data processing methodologies.His main expertise and research interests lie in the fields of statistical signal and image processing.


BME 4 Biofluid Mechanics and Cardiovascular Technology

Yannis Papaharilaou (Course Moderator)

Is a Research Director and Head of the CardioVascular BioMechanics Lab in the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (IACM-FORTH). Diploma in Electrical Engineering (1994), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University, MBA (1996) Baruch College, City University of New York, USA, MSc in Engineering and Physical Science in Medicine (awarded with Distinction) (1997) Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, UK, PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2002), Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, UK.

Current research interests include:

  • Mechanisms of cellular response to shear stress and 3D substrate topography
  • Bio inspired computational simulations at cellular and organ scales
  • Hemodynamic factors associated with the initiation of aortic aneurysm disease
  • Polarizable and Magnetizable Fluids


Dimitris Vlassopoulos

Is a Professor in the Materials Science and Technology Department of the University of Crete and Affiliated Faculty of the Polymer and Colloid Science Group at IESL-FORTH. He received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University, Athens in 1983. PhD, in Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 1990. Industrial experience (Metelco, Greece, 1983-4 and Mobil R&D, USA, 1990-2). Visiting Professorships at the University of Delaware, KITP, ESPCI, ETH Zurich, DTU, INSA, Univ. catholique Louvain. European Editor, Rheologica Acta (2006-2011), Associate Editor, Soft Matter (2015-).He is a recipient of the following awards/distictionsQ Weissenberg Award, European Society of Rheology, 2015; Fellow, The Society of Rheology, 2018 ; Bingham Medal, The Society of Rheology, 2019 ; APS Fellow, 2019.

Current research interests include:

  • Molecular Rheology and rheo-physics in the bulk and at liquid interfaces,
  • Branched, ring and associating polymeric systems and networks.
  • Soft colloids and mixtures.
  • Nonlinear rheological measurements.


Georgios Georgiou

Is a Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Director of the Oceanography Center, University of Cyprus.He received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University, Athens in 1985. MSc (1986) and PhD (1989) in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan. He has been a visiting Professor at various Universities in Greece (Patras, Aegean, Crete), Cyprus (Cyprus University of Technology), Brazil, Egypt and Morocco. His expertise lies in computational rheology, numerical simulations of viscoelastic flows, numerical solution of PDEs, finite element methods, and computational oceanography. Prof. Georgiou has published more than 140 peer-review journal papers and more than 100 papers in conference proceedings. He also co-authored Viscous Fluid Flow (CRC Press). He served as the guest editor of two international rheological journals and as a reviewer in many (>100) international scientific journals. In the past 25 years he has been involved as a coordinator or partner in a number of national and European research projects. His funded projects (more than €4M) range from oceanographic predictions, autonomous underwater platforms, and tsunami and oil spill modelling to polymer processing and hemodynamic numerical simulations.


Nikos Stergiopoulos

Is a Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular Technology, Federal University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and received his PhD in Biomedical Technology from Iowa State University, USA, in 1990. Nikos Stergiopoulos also holds an MBA from IMD. Today he is a professor and director of the laboratory of hemodynamic and cardiovascular technology at the Technical University of Lausanne.His main research interests are hemodynamics, cardiovascular engineering and medical technology. He has over 200 publications in reputable journals and holds more than 15 patents in the field of medical technology. In 1998 he founded EndoArt SA, a leading implant company for the surgical treatment of congenital heart disease and morbid obesity. He is the founder and CEO of Rheon Medical, an implant manufacturer for the surgical treatment of glaucoma, as well as Comphya SA, which deals with the treatment of erectile dysfunction through electrostimulation.


BME 5 Laser Physics and Medical Lasers

Dimitris Papazoglou (Course Moderator)

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete and Associated Researcher in the Applications Research Group of IESL-FORTH. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics (1991), an MSc in Radio-Electronics (1995) and a PhD in optical memories and information processing (1998) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research focuses in the area of optics with emphasis on non-linear optics, ultrafast laser matter interaction phenomena, optical system design, and beam shaping. He is deputy director, and one of the founders, of the interdisciplinary graduate program “Vision and Optics” (operating since 2003) focusing in visual optics and optical design. He has been involved in a number of EU, and nationally funded research projects. The output of his research is presented in over 75 publications in peer reviewed journals and in over 50 talks at major international conferences. His publications have been cited more than 1900 times (h-factor 24, WoS RID: D-9146-2013). Furthermore, he is active in optics education and outreach through undergraduate courses and interdisciplinary graduate programs focusing in visual optics and optical design.


Wolf von Klitzing

Is a  researcher in the Institute for Electronic Structure and Lasers of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, where he leads the Space Optics Group as well as the Bose-Einstein Condensation and Matterwave Optics group. He graduated from Cambridge University (1993 M.Phil./1997 Ph.D.) from the Laboratory Astrophysics group on ultra-high resolution spectroscopy. After this he worked for three years at the Ecole-Normale Superieure in Paris with the Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche on Cavity Quantum-Electro-Dynamics in Silica microspheres. After a year working with Prof De Martini in Rome on photon sources for teleportation, he became the lead post-doc in the group of the cold-atom pioneer Jook Walraven in Amsterdam. Three years later, in 2005, he went to Crete, Greece, to start the first cold atom group in South-Eastern Europe, an effort that was quickly recognized by the EU in the form its most prestigious research grant, the Marie-Curie-Excellence grant. In 2012, he started the Space optics activity at IESL and became a co-investigator in the STE-QUEST M-Class mission proposal. He is also one of four initiators of a European large infrastructure proposal to construct a long baseline matterwave interferometer for gravitational wave detection.