Appointments and Education

 

  • Postdoc scholar. Stanford University, USA. August 2020 -

  • Postdoc scholar. University of California, Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology, USA. Advisor, Prof. Noah Whiteman. August 2017 – July 2020

  • PhD in Neurosciences (mention très honorable). University of Aix Marseille, Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille (IBDM), France. Advisor, Dr Benjamin Prud’homme. October 2012 – December 2016

  • MSc in Molecular Biosciences. Major in Developmental Biology. University of Heidelberg, Germany. October 2009 – March 2012

  • BSc in Biology. Direction of Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology. University of Crete, Greece. October 2004 – September 2009

 

Awards and fellowships

 

  • Godfrey Hewitt Mobility Award 2019 from European Society of Evolutionary Biology. Project: Genetics of adaptation in cardiac-glycoside resistant populations of

  • Scholarship for 4th year of PhD thesis completion from Fondation Pour La Recherche Medicale, 2015 -2016

  • Marie Curie Initial Training Network Fellowship (ITN). FLiACT ITN“Systems neurosciences of Drosophila: From genes to circuits to Behaviour”, 2012 – 2015

  • Vasilis Xanthopoulos Mathematics-Physics Competition, 3rd prize, Drama, Greece, 2002

Research Experience

 

  • Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley (USA). Post-doctoral fellow. Advisor, Prof Noah Whiteman: Genetics of adaptation in cardiac glycoside adapted insects. August 2017- July 2020

  • Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille (IBDM), Marseille (France). PhD student (FliACT, Marie Curie ITN Drosophila Systems Neuroscience). Advisor Dr Benjamin Prud’homme: Evolution of oviposition behavior in the agricultural fruit pest Drosophila suzukii. October 2012 – December 2016

  • Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Munich (Germany). PhD secondment (FliACT, Marie Curie ITN Drosophila Systems Neuroscience). Supervisor Prof Ilona Grunwald Kadow: Study olfactory preferences for fruit ripening stage in Drosophila suzukii and Drosophila melanogaster November 2014 -December 2014

  • Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille (IBDM), Marseille (France). Research internship in the laboratory of Dr Benjamin Prud’homme & Prof Nicolas Gompel. Study role of pigmentation genes and develop transgenesis in the wing-spotted fly Drosophila nebulosa. April – June 2012 

  • Center of Organismal Studies (COS), Heidelberg (Germany). Master thesis in the laboratory of Dr Laurence Ettwiller: Characterization of enhancer properties for gene regulation in the medaka fish. March 2011 – February 2012 

  • Center of Organismal Studies (COS), Heidelberg (Germany). Lab rotation in the laboratory of Dr Laurence Ettwiller. Evaluation of filters for a computational method for enhancer prediction. February 2010 - March 2011

  • Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg (Germany). Research assistant in the laboratory of Dr Andreas Schaefer. Histology and immunohistochemistry for olfactory bulb neurons. September 2009 - March 2010

  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg (Germany). Lab rotation in the laboratory of Dr Detlev Arendt. Ciliary photoreceptor birthdating experiments in Platynereis dumerilii. November – December 2010

  • German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg (Germany). Lab rotation in the laboratory of Dr Michael Boutros. In vivo RNAi screen in D. melanogaster for identification of regulators of Wnt signalling. August - September 2010   

  • Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (IMBB), Crete (Greece). Thesis in the lab of Dr Domna Karagogeos. Role of adhesion molecules TAG1 and PSA-NCAM in neuronal migration in the developing cerebral cortex. September 2008 – May 2009

 

 

Publications

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Conference contributions

 

Selected oral presentations

  • Karageorgi M, Groen SC*, Sumbul F, Pelaez J, Verster KI, Aguilar JM, Hastings AP, Bernstein SL, Matsunaga T, Astourian M, Guerra G, Rico F, Dobler S, Agrawal AA, Whiteman NK. The making of the monarch: A constrained adaptive path to toxin resistance. The Allied Genetics Conference. April 2020

  • Karageorgi M. Groen SC, Versten KI, Aguilar JM, Sumbul F, Hastings AP, Pelaez J, Bernstein SL, Agrawal AA, Whiteman NK. The making of the monarch. "Endless forms: applying novel techniques in non-model organisms". University of California, Berkeley. June 2018

  • Karageorgi M, Lebreton S, Paris M, Minervino C, Cavey M, Siju KP, Kadow IG, Matsunaga T, Whiteman NK, Gompel N, Prud’homme B. 2018. On the ORigin of olfactory worlds. Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Genetics Society of America, Philadelphia, PA. April 2018.

  • Karageorgi M, Lebreton S, Paris M, Minervino C, Cavey M, Siju KP, Grunwald Kadow IC, Gompel N*, Prud'homme B*. Olfactory specialization contributes in the making of the fruit pest Drosophila suzukii. 16th International symposium on Insect-plant relationships in Tours, France. July 2017.

  • Karageorgi M. The making of a fruit pest: Unraveling the evolution of egg-laying choices in D. suzukii. Annual meeting of the doctoral school in biological and health sciences in Aix – Marseille University, France. June 2014

 

Poster presentations

  • Karageorgi M*, Groen SC*, Sumbul F, Pelaez JN, Verster KI, Aguilar JM, Hastings AP, Bernstein SL, Matsunaga T, Astourian M, Rico F, Dobler S, Agrawal AA, Whiteman NK. The making of the monarch: causes and consequences of molecular repeatability in a natural ‘replay’ experiment. Poster presentation at Gordon Research Conference on Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution in Easton, Massachusetts, USA. June 2019

  • Karageorgi M, Gompel N*, Prud'homme B*. Evolution of oviposition site preference in Drosophila suzukii. Poster presentation at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting on Neurobiology of Drosophila in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA. October 2014

 

 

Mentoring

 

October 2017 - present         undergraduate student Michael Astourian, URAP, co-author

October 2018 - June 2019    undergraduate student Easha Shagar, URAP

February 2019 - present       undergraduate student Derrick Yip, URAP

February 2020 - present       undergraduate student Boris Korablev, URAP

February 2020 - present       undergraduate student Naama Weksler, URAP

February 2020 - present       undergraduate student Elizabeth Ordeman, URAP

Conference organization

 

  • Member of the programme committee of the Summer School “Learning from the lord of the genes”. The Summer School was organized by the FLiACT fellows (Marie-Curie ITN) and was held in Lisbon, Portugal. Teaching in the Molecular biology and Neuroanatomy session. September 2015

 

Workshops and training courses

 

  • Junior Scientist Workshop on Genetic and Neurobiological Basis for Evolution of Behavior. Janelia Research Campus, Virginia, USA. Oral and poster presentation. April 2016

  • Graduate course in insect chemical ecology. Poster presentation. Held in Alnarp, Sweden.June 2015

  • Workshop on neural and behavioral modeling in Drosophila. Organized by FLiACT and held in Barcelona, Spain. Jul 2014

  • Workshop on emerging techniques to map and functionally characterize neural circuits in Drosophila. Janelia Farm Research Campus, Virginia, USA. Oct 2013

  • Workshop on behavioral assay design and data quantification. Organized by FLiACT and held in Munich, Germany. Apr 2013

  • Workshop on fly electrophysiology. Organized by FliACT and held in Jena, Germany. Dec 2012

  • Summer School in Evolutionary Developmental biology. Held in Venice, Italy. Sep 2011