Konstantina Koutroumpa

Konstantina Koutroumpa


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



PhD in Plant Sciences
Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
10/2014 – ongoing
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 Limonium (Plumbaginaceae), with focus on the Eastern Mediterranean

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
University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  Fall 2014 – 2018
BIO-121 Evolution and Biodiversity II: Vertebrates and plants
University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  Spring 2017

Plant Biodiversity
Department of Biology, University of Crete, Greece.

  Spring 2013

Methods in ecology
Department of Biology, University of Crete, Greece.

  Fall 2012

Research interests

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


Flowers, J.M., Hazzouri, K.M., Gros-Balthazard, M., Mo, Z., Koutroumpa, K., Perrakis, A., Ferrand, S., Khierallah, H.S., Fuller, D.Q., Aberlenc, F. and Fournaraki, C. 2019. Cross-species hybridization and the origin of North African date palms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences116 (5), 1651-1658.

Koutroumpa, K., Theodoridis, S., Warren, B.H., Jiménez, A., Celep, F., Doğan, M., Romeiras, M.M., Santos‐Guerra, A., Fernández‐Palacios, J.M., Caujapé‐Castells, J. and Moura, M. 2018. An expanded molecular phylogeny of Plumbaginaceae, with emphasis on Limonium (sea lavenders): Taxonomic implications and biogeographic considerations. Ecology and Evolution8 (24), 12397-12424.

Laina, D., Oikonomou, I., Koutroumpa, K., Bariotakis, M., Kotzabasis, K., Ito, K., Roger S. Seymour & Pirintsos, S. A. 2018. Exogenous induction of thermogenesis in Arum concinnatum by salicylic acid. Functional Plant Biology45 (12), 1195-1204.

Bariotakis, M.*, Koutroumpa, K.*, Karousou, R., & Pirintsos, S. A. 2016. Environmental (in) dependence of a hybrid zone: Insights from molecular markers and ecological niche modeling in a hybrid zone of Origanum (Lamiaceae) on the island of Crete. Ecology and Evolution6 (24), 8727-8739.

*authors contributed equally