Professional Biography

Academic Responsibilities

- Assistant Teaching Professor (Biomedical Sciences);
- Research Co-ordinator (Biomedical Sciences);
- Conducting research, teaching and providing supervision at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels.

Overview

Ianis is Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Sport and Biological Sciences.  He obtained his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral studies as a scholar of the Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) and University of Warwick. He joined Universityof Bolton after completing postdoctoral studies at University of Warwick, ETH Zürich, and Cornell University.

Teaching Philosophy

Iani’s teaching philosophy can be summarised in three words: Engagement, Experience and Expertise.
He designs his teaching material and approaches by creating a checklist of skills for the ‘perfect’ graduate:

- Excellent knowledge of the advanced and emerging DNA technologies;
- Appreciation of applications and impacts of molecular genetics and biotechnology;
- Critical comprehension of research papers - ability to evaluate critically both theories and evidence related
  to molecular biosciences;
- High-level practical skills;
- Quantitative and problem-solving skills;
- Oral communication and scientific writing skills to address a variety of audiences;
- Independent learning and thinking skills;
- Global citizenship, effective team-working and appreciation of inclusivity;
- Research and creativity - ability to plan/execute complex projects.

To help students develop these skills, Ianis exploits six guiding principles to structure his classes:

1. Exploit novel and diverse teaching strategies for diverse learners;
2. Encourage students to reflect on and monitor their learning and development;
3. Create a broad and diverse range of opportunities to support his students in developing employability skills;
4. Enhance learning and teaching through the use of technology.
5. Facilitate Research-informed Teaching, and Case Study Teaching (http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/);
6. Create a classroom atmosphere that is friendly, supportive, challenging, and fun.

As research supervisor, Ianis encourages undergraduate students to develop novel research hypotheses and then to develop these hypotheses into honours research projects and peer-reviewed publications.

Research

Jenkinson TIRI Award: Salivary Diagnostics using '-OMIC' Technologies.
Jenkinson TIRI Award: Salivary Diagnostics in Oral Cancer: Integrating Advanced DNA Technologies into Further and Higher Education.

Research Themes
Synthetic biology, Cancer biology, Gene expression analysis, Mutant phenotype analysis, Systems biology, Bioinformatics, Omics, Sugar sensing and signaling, Genetically edited organisms.

Research Collaborations
Ianis has active collaborations with the University of Warwick,  ETH Zürich, Cornell University, and the biotech startup Syndesis Biotechnologies

Outreach and Extension Activities

- Licensee and curator of the student-led TEDxUniversityofBolton;
- TIRI Conference 2015, 2016, 2017;
- Student Research Conference (SRC);
- Ianis is working towards developing an iGEM University of Bolton student team.

PhD Students

- Jana Rozehnalova
- Andras Weber
- David Mahal

Recent Selected Publications 

Rozenhlova, J., Carson J. and Matsoukas, I. G. (2017). Effects of positive psychological intervention on well-being, body-image flexibility, anxiety, depression and weight loss. Submitted in Front. Psychol. 

Matsoukas, I. G. (2017). Commentary: RNA Editing with CRISPR-Cas13. Submitted in Front. Genet.

Mahal, D. and Matsoukas, I. G. (2017). The geographic origins of ethnic groups in the Indian subcontinent: exploring ancient footprints with Y-DNA haplogroups. Submitted in Front. Genet.

Matsoukas, I. G. (2017). Commentary: CRISPR–Cas encoding of a digital movie into the genomes of a population of living bacteria. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 5: 57doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2017.00057

Matsoukas, I. G. (2017). Entrepreneurship in synthetic biology and biotechnology: turn knowledge into innovations. Submitted.

Matsoukas, I. G. (2017). Commentary: Programmable Base Editing of A•T to G•C in Genomic DNA without DNA Cleavage. Submitted in Front. Genet.

Rozenhlova, J., Matsoukas, I. G. and Carson J. (2017). Psychology of happiness, obesity and contribution of ‘omics’. Front. Psychol.

Matsoukas, I. G. (2017). CRISPR genome editing and cancer therapeutics. Submitted.

Mahal, D. and Matsoukas, I. G. (2017). Y-STR haplogroup diversity in the Jat population reveals several different ancient origins. Front. Genet. 8: 121. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2017.00121

Matsoukas, I. G. (2017). Crosstalk between photoreceptor and sugar signaling modulates floral signal transduction. Front. Physiol. 8: 382. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00382

Matsoukas, I. G. (2015). Florigens and antiflorigens: a molecular genetic understanding. Essays Biochem.  58, 133 - 149. doi: 10.1042/bse0580133. Portland Press - Biochemical Society.

Matsoukas, I. G., Bezzubovaite, S. Spanos, A. and Venables, T. (2015). Identifying cis-acting sugar response elements in promoter of genes that facilitate glucose signaling in Arabidopsis. FEBS J. 282:S1, 192 - 193. doi: 10.1111/febs.13339. Wiley - Blackwell.

Matsoukas, I. G., Spanos, A. and Venables, T. (2014). Computational identification of cis-elements in 5’ regulatory regions of genes associated with carbohydrate metabolism-related events. FEBS J. 281:1, 405. doi: 10.1111/febs.12919. Wiley - Blackwell.

Matsoukas, I. G. (2014). Interplay between sugar and hormone signaling pathways modulate floral signal transduction. Front. Genet. 5:218. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00218. Frontiers.

Matsoukas, I.G. (2014). Attainment of reproductive competence, phase transition, and quantification of juvenility in mutant genetic screens. Front. Plant Sci. 5:32. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00032. Frontiers.

Matsoukas, I. G. (2013). Synthetic biology: applying engineering to life sciences to develop rationally designed biological parts, devices and systems. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 1:8. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2013.00008. Frontiers.

Matsoukas, I. G., Massiah, A. J. and Thomas, B. (2013). Starch metabolism and antiflorigenic signals modulate the juvenile-to-adult phase transition in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Environ. 36:10, 1802 - 1811. doi: 10.1111/pce.12088. Wiley - Blackwell. Front Cover.

Matsoukas, I. G., Massiah, A. J. and Thomas, B. (2012). Florigenic and antiflorigenic signalling in plants. Plant Cell Physiol. 53:11, 1827 - 1842. doi: 10.1093/pcp/pcs130. Oxford University Press. Editor-in-Chief's Choice.

Matsoukas, I. G.,Thomas, B., Valdes Ruiz, V., Jackson, S.D., Jackson, A., Adams, S.R. and Massiah, A. (2009). Juvenile Phase Change: Towards a physiological and genetic understanding. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A Mol. Integr. Physiol. 153:2, S196 - S197. doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2009.04.442. Elsevier.

Recent Selected Conference Proceedings

Matsoukas, I. G., Jivajee, F., Phow, W. and Vaidal, F. (2016). Salivary diagnostics using multi-OMICS technologies. In: EMBO Conference: From Functional Genomics to Systems Biology, November 12-15, 2016, Heidelberg, Germany.

Rozehnalova, J., Carson, J. and Matsoukas, I. G. (2016). OMICS and Obesity: Human genome responses to positive psychology. In: EMBO Conference: From Functional Genomics to Systems Biology, November 12-15, 2016, Heidelberg, Germany.

Matsoukas, I. G., Bezzubovaite, S. Spanos, A. and Venables, T. (2015). Identifying cis-acting sugar response elements in promoter of genes that facilitate glucose signaling in Arabidopsis. In: 40th FEBS Congress, The Biochemical Basis of Life, July 4-9, 2015, Berlin, Germany.

Matsoukas, I. (2013). In-silico identification of cis-acting DNA sequences of genes associated with carbohydrate metabolism. In: European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Annual Meeting, September 21 - 24, 2013, Amsterdam. The Netherlands.