Konstantina Koutroumpa

Konstantina Koutroumpa

Doktorandin

Tel.: +41 (0)44 634 84 15

konstantina.koutroumpa@systbot.uzh.ch

Curriculum

PhD student
Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
10/2014 – present
Master in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Department of Biology, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece.
10/2011–02/2014
-- Erasmus placement
Institute of Systematic Botany and Botanical Garden, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
11/2013–01/2014
Bachelor in Biology
Department of Biology, School of Science, University of Patras, Greece.
09/2006–09/2011

Research Projects

PhD thesis: Evolution and diversification of the halophytic genus Limonium (Plumbaginaceae) in East Mediterranean - The case of Crete (Greece).

Master thesis: Genetic diversity of the hybrid Origanum x intercedens Rech. in Crete.

Erasmus project: Phylogeny of the Mediterranean group of plants Limonium (Plumbaginaceae) in Crete – L. ocymifolium group.

Other projects during my Master:

  • Experimental approaches in studying the role of Virp1 protein to Nicotiana benthamiana during the plant infection by the viroid PSTVd (Potato spindle tuber viroid).
  • Studying the phenomenon of thermogenesis in Arum concinatum Schott under laboratory conditions.
  • Comparing the photosynthetic capacity of the Cretan endemic Phoenix theophrasti with those of Phoenix dactylifera, Phoenix canariensis and Chamaerops humilis in Crete.
  • DNA Barcoding: Molecular identification of three Lamiaceae species using 3-locus analysis (rbcL, matK, trnH – psbA).
  • The Flora of UoC (University of Crete): Taxonomic identification of flora species in the broad area of the University Campus.

Bachelor thesis: Contribution to the coastal flora of Voidokoilia cove and Yalova lagoon (Prefecture of Messinia-Peloponnese).

Teaching experience

Teaching assistant:

BIO-222 Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics
Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
11/2014
Methods in ecology
Department of Biology, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece.
10/2012–01/2013
Plant Biodiversity
Department of Biology, University of Crete.
2/2013–05/2013

Research interests

  • Island Biogeography
  • Plant Evolution and Systematics
  • Speciation
  • Plant Taxonomy

Publications

Bariotakis M.*, Koutroumpa K.*, Karousou R., Pirintsos S. Does environmental dependence of hybrids mean environmental dependence of their hybrid zone? Insights from molecular markers and ecological niche modeling of a hybrid zone of the genus Origanum. Molecular Ecology (under submission) manuscript ID: MEC-14-1379. *equal contribution