(Short CV)




     1973.  B. Sc. University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

     1976.  Ph. D.  ( Genetics ), University of Wales, Britain.





     Professor of Biology    

     Tel/Fax : +30-24210-74807 and +30-210-8075978 

     Mobile phone : +30-6977424193 

     E- mail: piper@ece.uth.gr










     1.  «Biology»   

     2.  «Genetics and Inheritance»

     3.  «Diet, Environmental Factors and Health»              

     4.  «Research Methods in Biology»





   Environmental factors such as sun irradiation, dietary habits, air pollution, smoking, pesticides etc,

   cause more serious implications in the health of sensitive populations like children.

   Our research is focused on a systematic recording, assessment and investigation of these

   implications using Classical and Molecular Epidemiological Methods.

   The aim is to appropriately inform and educate these immediately affected populations in order for

   them to take suitable preventive measures which will minimize the dangers.




v                 1976-77 :  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genetics,  

                             University of Leeds, UK.

v                1977-79  :  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry,

                             University of Glasgow, UK.

v                 1979-83 :  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry,

                             University of Liverpool, UK.

v                 1983-85 :  Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Biological Sciences,    

                             University of Sussex, UK.

v                 1985-05 :  Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Biology,

                             NCSR “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece.

v                 1995-05 :  Director of DNA Repair Laboratory, Institute of

                             Biology, NCSR “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece.

v                 2005-09 :  Associate Professor of Biology, Pre-School

                             Education Department, University of Thessaly,  

                             Volos, Greece.

v        2009-now: Professor of Biology, Pre-School Education 

                             Department, University of Thessaly,  

                             Volos, Greece.





1.     M. Koroni, F. Garagouni-Areou, C. Roussi-Vergou, M.  Zafiropoulou,

        S. M. Piperakis. The Stigmatization of Obesity in Children.                  

        A Survey in Greek Elementary Schools, Appetite  2009, 52,241–244.


2.     S. M. Piperakis, K. Kontogianni, G. Karanastasi, Z. Iakovidou-

        Kritsi,  M. M. Piperakis. The Use of Comet Assay in Measuring DNA

        Damage and Repair Efficiency in Child, Adult, and Old Age

        Populations, Cell Biology Toxicology 2009, 25, 65–71.


3.     S.M. Piperakis, A. Kritsi, F. Garagouni-Areou, X. Gialama. A Survey   

        on the Knowledge, Attitude and Behaviour of Greek Elementary  

        School Students about Oral Health and Dental Care.  Pediatric

        Dental Journal 2008, 18, 1–9.


4.     S.M.  Piperakis, F.  Garagouni-Areou, E.  Argyrakouli,                          

        A.S. Piperakis, Z. Iakovidou-Kritsi, A. Triga. A Survey on Smoking

        Habits and Attitudes among Adolescents in Greece. International

       Journal of Medical Health, 2008, 20, 63-71.


5.     S. M. Piperakis, V. Papadimitriou, M. Zafiropoulou, A. S. Piperakis, 

        P. Zisis.  Dietary Habits of Greek Primary School Children.  Journal

       of Science Education and Technology, 2007, 16, 271-278.


6.     K.  Kontogianni,   N.  Messini-Nikolaki,   K.  Christou,                                

        K. Gourgoulianis,  S. Tsilimigaki,  S.M. Piperakis. DNA Damage and

        Repair Capacity in Lymphocytes From Obstructive Sleep Apnea

        Patients.  Environmental Molecular Mutagenesis , 2007, 48, 722-727.    


7.     S. M. Piperakis, K. Kontogianni, C. Siffel, M. M. Piperakis.

        Measuring the Effects of Pesticides on Occupationally Exposed

        Humans with the Comet Assay. Environmental Toxicology, 2006,

        21, 355–359.


8.            V. Papadimitriou, S.M. Piperakis. An Investigation into the Greek

        Secondary School Graduates’ Knowledge and Awareness of  Healthy

        Diet and Nutrition.  Journal of Science Education, 2005, 6, 36-40.


9.     S.M. Piperakis ,    A. Sotiriou,    E. Georgiou,   Á. Thanou,                 

        M. Zafiropoulou. Understanding Nutrition : A Study of Greek

        Primary School Children Dietary Habits, before and after Classroom

        Nutrition Intervention. Journal of Science Education and

        Technology, 2004, 13, 129-136.


 10.    S.M. Piperakis, V. Papadimitriou, M.M. Piperakis and P. Zisis,

        Understanding Greek Primary School Children’s Comprehension of 

        Sun Exposure, Journal of Science Education and Technology,

        2003, 12, 135-141.





1.     Member of the Genetic Society of Britain.

2.     Member of the Biochemical Society of Britain.

3.     Member of the Institute of Biology of Britain (Chartered Biologist).

4.     Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, Britain.

5.     Member of the United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society.

6.     Member of the Association for Radiation Research of Britain.

7.     Member of the Greek Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

8.     Member of the Greek Society of Biological Sciences.

9.     Member of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA).





1.                Mutation Research.                                                                 

2.       Journal of Science Education and Technology.

3.                Cancer Letters.

4.                International Journal of Radiation Biology.

5.                Biochemica  et Biophysica  Acta.

6.                Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis.

7.                Psychiatric Research.

8.       The Scientific World JOURNAL.

9.       Environmental Toxicology.

10.     Cell   Biology and Toxicology.

11.     Radiation Research.

12.     European Physical Journal-Applied Physics.

13.      Health  Promotion Practice.

14.     International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education.           

15.     Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry.

16.     International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.







1.      Journal of Science Education.

2.      Journal of Biological Education.





Participation in more than 160 scientific meetings in Greece and abroad.

Publication of more than 80 scientific papers in Greek and International Scientific periodicals.





1.        Greek Ministry of Education :

           Participation in the Programme “The Bio-psychological Effects  

           of Stress in  Single Parent Families”.

2.                 Association for International Cancer Research:

           Participation in the Programme “Nutritional Influences on  

           Cancer Aetiology” (a British – Greek cooperation).

3.        European Union :

           Coordination of  the Programme “Effects of Pesticides in  

           Humans” with participants from Greece, Spain, Hungary and 


4.        Greek Ministry of Education :

           Coordination of the Programme “Diet habits; The Biology and  

           Psychology of Diet and the Misleading Effects of Advertising”.

5.        European Union :

           Participation in the Programme “European Network on   

           Children’s Susceptibility and Exposure to Environmental   

           Genotoxicants” (a cooperation among Greece, Belgium, 

           Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain,  Finland,

           Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway, Sweden and Poland).







          Supervision of more than 50 students participating in research programmes or doing research

          leading to either Masters or Ph. D.  degrees.