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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 start on April 2021 and lectures to start September 2021 
Duration/Credits: 15 Months (90 ECTS) or 24 Months (120 ECTS)  

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

2nd TRIMESTER 26/11-12/2 Biofabrication, Molecular Diagnostics and Therapy Module

3rd TRIMESTER 26/2-16/4 Bio-Medical Imaging Module

4th TRIMESTER 01/05-20/06 Medical Information Systems Module

3rd TRIMESTER 26/2-16/4 Bio-Medical Imaging Module

BME 11 γ-, X-ray, MRI and Ultrasound Imaging Apostolos Karantanas,Kostas Perisinakis , Michail Klontzas

ΒΜΕ 12 Physics and Engineering of Medical Imaging Sensors, Costas Balas

ΒΜΕ 13 Bio-spectroscopy and Hyperspectral Imaging Costas Balas

ΒΜΕ 14 Advanced Microscopy Yiannis Zacharakis

ΒΜΕ 15 Medical Image Analysis Michalis Marias, Kostas Marias


BME 11 γ-, X-ray, MRI and Ultrasound Imaging: Apostolos Karantanas


Dr. Apostolos Karantanas undertook musculoskeletal training on metabolic bone disorders in New York University Medical Center and on MR imaging-MSK applications in Manchester Medical School/Manchester Royal Infirmary. He has been given more than 600 invited lectures in 34 countries and is a regular faculty member in European Congress of Radiology, IDKD, ISS, Erasmus courses MSK MRI, School of MRI/ESMRMB, ESOR and ESSR. He is the author of more than 265 publications in peer review journals (>6.000 citations in Google Scholar, H index 41), 7 books (3 international), and 70 chapters in books.His main research is focused on imaging of musculoskeletal disorders including trauma and emergencies, bone marrow, osteoporosis, sports injuries, hip joint, osteoarthritis, spondyloarthropathies, applications of newer MR sequences and advanced models of data analysis focused on Radiomics and Precision Medicine.  Dr. Karantanas is currently Professor of Radiology and Chairman Dpt of Radiology-Medical School-University of Crete, Chairman of the Dpt of Medical Imaging/Chairman Scientific Committee-Heraklion University Hospital, Affiliated Researcher in Computational BioMedicine Laboratory and Head Advanced Hybrid Imaging Systems/Institute of Computer Science-Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), President of the "Hellenic College of Radiology", Member of the Educational Committee and Research Committee of the European Society of Radiology,  Member of the Sports Injuries Subcommittee/ESSR, and Editor-in-Chief "Hellenic Journal of Radiology". He is chairing the "Committee for Coordination of Academic Institutes" in Crete, is a board member of the "Greek Atomic Energy Commission" and he is chairing the "European Society of Radiology Subspecialties and Allied Sciences Committee ".



Kostas Perisinakis was born in Heraklion, Crete, Greece in 1968. He received his BSc in Physics from the University of Athens in 1991, his MSc in Medical Physics from the University of Patras in 1995, and his PhD in 1999 from the Medical School of the University of Crete. He joined the Medical Physics Department of the Medical School of the University of Crete in 1996 as Scientific Associate. In 2000 he was elected Lecturer, in 2005 Assistant Professor and in 2015 Associate Professor of Medical Physics in the same institution. He is Affiliated Researcher in theInstitute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH).He is author or co-author in more than 100 scientific full-papers published in peer-review journals indexed in Index Medicus and PubMed, which have received more than 2600 citations (Scopus, Dec 2019, h-factor=28). He has participated as an invited speaker in more than 100 national/international congresses/seminars. He is member of the Editorial Board of the journal Physica Medica - European Journal of Medical Physics (EJMP) and  serves as Reviewer in peer-review journals such as ‘Medical Physics’, ‘Physics in Medicine and Biology’, ‘Radiology’, ‘European Radiology’, ‘Investigative Radiology’, ‘Journal of American College of Cardiology’ and ‘Circulation’,  among others. He is a member of the Greek Association of Medical Physicists (GAMP), the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European Association of Nuclear Medicine. (EANM).His main research interests are within the areas of CT dosimetry and technology, Quantification of the radiation dose and associated radiogenic risks from radiological procedures, Optimization of patient/occupational exposure and image quality in radiological procedures .



Dr. Michail Klontzas is a research fellow and radiology resident of the Department of Medical Imaging of the University Hospital of Heraklion and collaborating researcher of the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology (ICS-FORTH). He received his PhD as a Marie Curie fellow and Burkett Scholar from Imperial College London on metabolomics & bone tissue engineering and holds an MD from the University of Crete (Summa Cum Laude - upper 5% of Class 2014). His PhD thesis was voted by Imperial students as one of the three best departmental PhD theses of 2018. After obtaining his PhD he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Emory University School of Medicine and the W.H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering of Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in omics analyses and stem cell biomanufacturing for musculoskeletal applications. His expertise lies in the fields of musculoskeletal imaging, omics analyses and tissue engineering. He has published several peer-reviewed journal papers (h-index: 9, i-10: 8 – Google Scholar), six book chapters for international publishers and his work has been presented in several conferences in Europe and the USA. He is an editorial board member for Cell and Tissue Banking and ad-hoc reviewer for several high impact journals in the fields of biomedical engineering and radiology such as the European Journal of Radiology, European Radiology, Regenerative Medicine, Materials, PLoS Medicine and others.


ΒΜΕ 12 Physics and Engineering of Medical Imaging Sensors , ΒΜΕ 13 Bio-spectroscopy and Hyperspectral Imaging : Costas Balas

Costas Balas is a full Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) -Technical University of Crete (TUC), Chania, Greece, where he has been since 2002. From 1995 to 2001 he served as a faculty member researcher in the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser-Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH). He is the technology inventor and the founder of an international, VC-backed biophotonics company with FDA-approved innovative products for the early, noninvasive diagnosis of cervical neoplasia. For more than ten years he held the BoD member, CSO and acting CEO positions. In 2016 he founded and became the CEO and CSO of, a VC-backed spinoff of TUC, innovating in artificial spectral vision. His research interests span both biophotonics and hyperspectral imaging. Much of his work has been on the understanding and the modeling of complex light-matter interaction phenomena as a basis for developing diagnostic methods. His methods and technologies are currently becoming standard of care in NHS (UK) and in other countries. In the hyperspectral sector he has worked on developing novel staring and snapshot hyperspectral camera systems together with their applications in microscopy, endoscopy and don destructive testing. He has received several awards including the Greek first innovator award (2013), and he has given numerus invited and plenary talks. He has published more than 80 per-reviewed publications and holds several international patents pending and granted. His research has been showcased in prominent international media such as Research Outreach,, Economist, Science & Vie, The Times


ΒΜΕ 14 Advanced Microscopy: Yiannis Zacharakis

Giannis Zacharakis is a Principal Researcher (Associate Professor level) at IESL – FORTH, where he leads the Laboratory for Biophotonics and Molecular Imaging. He is the Vice President (President elect) of the European Society for Molecular Imaging (ESMI) and he has served two terms as a Member of the Council of the same Society. He received his BSc in Physics in 1997 and his PhD in 2002 from the University of Crete. During 2003 and 2004 he has been a Research Fellow in Radiology at Harvard University, Boston. Between 2005 and 2009 he has been a Research Associate at FORTH-IESL and was promoted to Research Scientist between 2009 and 2016His main fields of interest are Biophotonics, Biomedical and Optical Imaging focusing on developing novel tools and key enabling technologies for imaging biological processes in living systems, ranging from cells to organs to whole organisms. He is active on both applied and fundamental research on novel photonic devises, concepts and new theory development and has developed technologies for three dimensional, tomographic imaging in model organisms and novel optical and optoacoustic microscopic techniques to extend imaging capabilities to unprecedented depths in opaque media. He has 52 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, 46 articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, 2 book chapters and 2 patents, as well as over 1300 citations (h-index 17). He has more than 50 presentations in international conferences, where he has been awarded 3 first prizes and has been invited more than 20 times in international conferences, schools and meetings.


ΒΜΕ 15 Medical Image Analysis: Michalis Zervakis, Kostas Marias

Michael Zervakis is a full Professor at the department of Electronic and Computer Engineering of the technical University of Crete. He holds a Ph.D degree from the University of Toronto, Department of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Zervakis is the director of the Digital Image and Signal Processing Laboratory (DISPLAY) and is involved in research on modern aspects of signal processing, including estimation and constrained optimization, multi-channel and multi-band signal processing, wavelet analysis for data/ image processing and compression, biomedical imaging applications, neural networks and fuzzy logic in automation applications. He has been involved in more than 20 international projects and has published more than 90 papers in related areas of image/signal processing.


Kostas Marias holds a Principal Researcher position in the Institute of Computer Science (ICS-FORTH) since 2006, and since 2010 he is the Head of the Computational Biomedicine Laboratory at FORTH-ICS ( ). During 2000-2002, he worked as a Researcher at the University of Oxford and from 2003-2006 as Associated Researcher at FORTH-ICS. He was the coordinator two EC projects on image-based cancer modelling ( and ), while during 2010-2015 he actively participated in several other EC funded projects developing ICT technology focusing on medical image processing for personalized medicine. He coordinated the development of a wide range of image analysis and modelling tools designed for the clinical setting within the wider Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) EC initiative and has published more than 120 papers in international journals, books and conference proceedings focusing on medical image processing, analysis, image-based modelling and biomedical informatics.