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Maria received her diploma in Environmental and Natural Resource Management from the University of Ioannina in 2012, where she also carried out applied research in the area of Environmental Chemistry. More specifically, she studied the degradation of specific / chosen pyridine compounds in liquid solutions with artificial light in the visible spectrum.
She obtained her Master’s degree in Sustainable Management of Protected Areas (Natura 2000) in Oct. 2014 from the University of Patras. In her thesis, she studied the genetic distances between familiar species of Pistacia Lentiscus var. Chia (Mastic tree) using molecular markers.
She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Patras, working on the characterization of microbial communities and bacterial interactions with the use of omic technologies (both molecular and culture decedent techniques).
Her research has been funded by 1) A European Social Fund grant (co-funded by Greece via the action “Supporting researchers with an emphasis on young researchers”), for which she studied the “Unveiling of the “microbial dark matter” through Single Cell: the case of Aetolian Lagoon – (DaMaSC)”; 2) The EU Horizon (MSCA) grant IProPBio (grant # 778168), for which she studied the separation of bio-alcohols by adsorption using Bone char. Her work so far has resulted in the publication of two journal articles and four conference papers.