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Professor Costas Demetzos


Professor in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology (Click to view university profile)

Director in the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology, Department of Pharmacy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

President of Hellenic Pharmaceutical Society (HPS)


Costas Demetzos is Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He also serves as Director of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology and since 2008 as President of the Hellenic Pharmaceutical Society (HSP). His research interest is primarily on Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology (lipidic, polymeric and mixed drug delivery nanosystems), Physical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Compounding and Regulatory Aspects. He has published more than 250 research papers, two monographs, co-authored one book and edited five books. He has also been awarded in Pharmaceutical congresses and from the Hellenic Society of Biomaterials for his contribution on the application of bionanomaterials. The innovation of his research, apart from being in numerous publications and announcements in international scientific journals and conferences, has led to awards of international and national patents in Greece and in many European countries, USA, Australia, having as main objects the nanotechnological drug delivery systems and nanodevices. His research work has international recognition, (h-index 47; i10-index=140, google scholar). He teaches in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens since 1991, initially Chemistry of Natural products and following in 2002 he teaches his main subject, Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology and Pharmaceutical Physics in undergraduate and postgraduate level. He also teaches as visiting professor in School of Medicines in Greek Universities. He was responsible for dozens of PhD students and their theses, Master's Diplomas and Undergraduate Dissertations. Also, he has been invited to teach Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology in Greek Universities and in the European summer schools. It must be mentioned that he participates as a member of Organizing Committees but also as a president of International and European scientific Conferences, while being an evaluator in many committees like the Greek Ministry of Health, the Qualification Recognition Board in Cyprus, the Greek National Scholarships Foundation, the Greek Drug Administration Office, etc. He was also an elected member of the ExCo of EUFEPS (Network Coordinator) (2014-2016). He acts as a member of the editorial board of scientific journals. In 2018 Professor Costas N. Demetzos, was honored with an award by the Order of Sciences of the Academy of Athens for his scientific achievements in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology



Dr. Natassa Pippa


Natassa Pippa is post-doctoral researcher in Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Athens. Her research is focused on the design and development of nanoparticles (i.e. liposomes, micelles etc.) as nanopharmaceuticals. She has completed her PhD in 2015 from Faculty of Pharmacy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, under the guidance of the expert of Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Prof. Costas Demetzos. During her PhD, she participated in the Research Programme “NANOMACRO: Functional Self-assembled Nanostructures from Block Copolymers and Proteins” (under the guidance of Dr. Stergios Pispas) in Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, National Hellenic Research Foundation. She has published more than 60 peer –review papers and 6 chapters in Books. She has been selected as speaker in National and International Conferences and presented more than 50 posters. She has been awarded in Congresses for her oral and poster presentations. She received the prestigious “International Association of Advanced Materials Scientist Medal (IAAM Scientist medal) for the year 2016” due to her notable and outstanding contribution in the field of "Advanced Materials Science and Technology".



Dr. Nikolaos Naziris


Nikolaos Naziris is a graduate of Pharmacy, MSc in "Industrial Pharmacy" and PhD in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, under the supervision of Professor Costas Demetzos. His PhD thesis, entitled “Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology. Design and Evaluation of Stimuli-responsive Chimeric Nanocarriers”, was funded by the 1st scholarship of the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) for PhD students. In addition, he is a participant of the European EuroNanoMed II program entitled “NANOGLIO: Nanotechnology based immunotherapy for glioblastoma”, which aims to develop clinically valuable nanotechnological carriers for the targeted delivery of immunomodulatory agents in glioblastoma. He has more than 20 published papers in peer-reviewed journals, including three review papers and two book chapters, as well as 12 oral and around 20 poster presentations in international and national conferences. His research interests are oriented in the design, development and study of stimuli-responsive chimeric/mixed nanocarriers, primarily liposomes, with the purpose of curing various types of cancer and other types of difficult diseases.



Dr. Maria Chountoulesi

Maria Chountoulesi (Pharmacist, MSc., PhD) graduated in 2015 from the Department of Pharmacy, of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) with grade Excellent 8.69/10. Subsequently in 2017, she received her master degree (M.Sc.) in “Industrial Pharmacy”, from the Department of Pharmacy, of NKUA, with grade Excellent 9.63/10. In 2020, she completed her PhD studies in the Department of Pharmacy, of NKUA, with grade Excellent, under the supervision of the expert of Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology Prof. Costas Demetzos. Her PhD Thesis entitled “Development and evaluation of lyotropic liquid crystalline nanosystems intended for the delivery of active pharmaceutical ingredients to subcellular organelles” was awarded by PhD Scholarship, implemented by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Social Fund-ESF) (MIS-5000432). In 2019, she also received an Erasmus+ Traineeship Fellowship. She has already published 14 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and 4 chapters in scientific books and has also presented 22 presentations (posters and oral) in international and national conferences. Her research interests focus on pharmaceutical nanotechnology, namely design, development, as well as evaluation of drug delivery nanosystems.



Varvara Chrysostomou, PhD Student


Chrysostomou Varvara is a PhD student in Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She received a bachelor’s degree in Material Science in 2015 from the Department of Materials Science of the University of Patras and a master’s degree in “Polymer Science and Applications” in 2017 from the Department of Chemistry of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Since 2017 to date, she continues her PhD studies under the guidance of the expert of Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Professor Costas Demetzos. Her research interest is focused on Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology and the development of advanced nanosystems (e.g. liposomes, polymeric micelles, magnetic nanoparticles) for drug and gene delivery in order to generate new perspectives on disease treatment. To date she has published 3 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and presented 9 posters and oral communications in international and national conferences.



Maria Tsakiri, PhD Student


Maria Tsakiri completed her degree in Pharmacy, with specialisation in Pharmaceutical Technology, at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece, in 2019. Following this, in 2020 she received her Master degree (M.Sc.) in Nanomedicine from the School of Medicine at NKUA. During her Master studies, she focused on the evaluation of nanoscale antigen delivery systems for the development of safe and effective vaccines against infectious diseases. Since April, 2021, she is a PhD candidate at the Department of Pharmacy, NKUA, under the supervision of Prof. Costas Demetzos. Her current interests lie in the development of biomimetic drug and/or biomolecule delivery nanosystems that target human brain cells.