Affiliated Researchers

Affiliated Members

Dr. Dionissios Mantzavinos


Dr. Dionissios Mantzavinos is a Professor of Wastewater Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and also serves as the Vice-Rector for Academic & International Affairs (2020-2024). He holds a Diploma (MEng equivalent) in chemical engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1991), and M.Sc. (1993) and Ph.D. (1996) degrees in chemical engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, UK. After a short spell as a Research Fellow and Lecturer at Edinburgh and Leeds Universities (1998-2001), he returned home to take up an academic position as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete (2001-2013) before his move to University of Patras. His research interests focus on water/wastewater treatment by advanced oxidation technologies, as well as on environmental catalysis. Prof. Mantzavinos serves as Editor-in-Chief to the Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, and Associate Editor to Chemical Engineering Journal Advances. Information about his publication record can be found at

† Dr. Andreas Alexandrou (2012-2018)

Dr. Andreas Alexandrou was Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cyprus. Prior to this appointment he was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Director of the Semisolid Metal Processing Center (1998-2001) and Director of the Aerospace Program (1993-1998). From 1993-1994 he held a parallel appointment at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Research Associate Fellow at the Materials Processing Center of the Materials Science and Engineering Department. During the development of the School of Engineering (2001-2004) he held the interim positions of the Head of the Mechanical and Manufacturing Department first, and then of the Dean of the School of Engineering. From 2004-2007 he served as the Dean of the School of Engineering. He received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (1982) from the American University of Beirut while on U.S.AID/Fullbright scholarship. At the University of Michigan he earned M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering (1983) and Civil Engineering (1985), and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (1986). His research interests and contributions were in basic fluid flows with applications in the environment, processing of materials, and in wake flows. His research program had received funding from industry, NASA and the US. Department of Energy (total research funding: approx. $6 Million).


Dr. Anastasis Christou


Dr. Anastasis Christou holds a position of an Agricultural Research Officer A΄ in the Agricultural Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of the Republic of Cyprus, in The Department of Natural Resources and Environment. He completed undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Department of Plant Protection), while he holds an MSc degree (MSc in Horticulture) from the University of Reading. He holds a PhD degree from the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) in plant stress physiology. His dissertation work was titled ‘Priming with signaling molecules for the enhancement of strawberry plants’ tolerance to multiple abiotic stress factors’. His research interests focus on the appraisal of the impacts of long term treated wastewater reuse for irrigation on the environment and public health, with emphasis on the environmental fate of contaminants of emerging concern (antibiotics, PPCPs, ARB&ARGs) in treated wastewater, along with the associated potential public health risks. Special emphasis is also given to the study of the CECs uptake by crop plants under field conditions, the metabolism of these compounds within the plants, the detoxification mechanisms induced, as well as the effects of CECs uptake on plant physiology and the fruit quality of plants. Dr. Christou has authored or co-authored over 30 journal papers.

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Dr. Georgios Nikolopoulos


Dr. Georgios Nikolopoulos is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Medical School of the University of Cyprus (UCY). He is a graduate of Dentistry from the Dental School of the National and Kapodistrian University (NKUA) of Athens, Greece and holds a MSc in Biostatistics, and a PhD in Epidemiology (HIV and Hepatitis B virus coinfection) from the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics of the Medical School of the same university. His 18-month post-doctoral fellowship was funded, following international competition, by the International AIDS Society and the United States (US) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), took place at the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) in New Yok, US and in Athens, Greece, and combined training on epidemiology, social networks, and qualitative research. Dr Nikolopoulos is fellow member of the American College of Epidemiology (FACE) and certified in Public Health by the US National Board of Public Health Examiners (CPH). He worked as an expert in epidemiology at the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention for nearly 15 years with involvement in the epidemiology and prevention of HIV, and in public health responses against SARS, West Nile Virus infection, and pandemic A (H1N1) influenza. He was site principal investigator of a US-NIDA study on HIV prevention and is currently leading a study in Cyprus on environmental epidemiology that is funded by the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation. Dr Nikolopoulos has published around 170 peer-reviewed articles, has an h-index of 38, and serves as member of the editorial board, academic editor or topic editor of scientific journals including Pathogens, PLoS ONE, Journal of Clinical Medicine, Data in Brief, Epidemiologia, and the Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration. He is currently serving as member of the Scientific Committee advising the Minister of Health in the Republic of Cyprus on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Michalis Fragkiadakis


Dr. Michalis Fragiadakis ( is an Associate Professor at the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He received his PhD from NTUA and he holds MSc degrees from NTUA (2002) and Imperial College, London (2001). He has also served as Αdjunct Lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Thessaly (2007-2011) and as a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cyprus (2010-2014) and the University of Pavia (2008-2009). His teaching includes structural analysis and earthquake engineering courses at both under and post-graduate level. His research activity is focused on earthquake engineering and on the seismic risk assessment of structures and lifelines and in particular water distribution networks. Ηis interests also extend to computational methods in structural analysis and on the application of novel soft-computing methodologies for structural analysis and design. Dr Fragiadakis has been involved in various national and international research projects and has also organised 6 international conferences. He is the author of more than 150 publications (3 books, 41 journal papers, 105 conference papers, 16 chapters). His work has been extensively disseminated receiving more than 2300 citations (Google Scholar). He has reviewed papers for more than 47 journals, and he has supervised more than 50 undergraduate and graduate students and 8 PhD students. He is the Treasurer of the Hellenic Association of Earthquake Engineering and the Delegate of Greece to International Association of Earthquake Engineering (IAEE).

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Dr. Yannis Dialynas


Dr. Yannis Dialynas was a Lecturer in the Dep. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cyprus, and a Board of Directors Member of Nireas-IWRC. He holds a Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2017), a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech (2013), and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (2011). He has served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Georgia Tech and at the Dep. of Civil and Environmental Engineering in University of California, Irvine. His current professional activity focuses on Water Management and Environmental Technology in Greece and Cyprus at the company DIALYNAS S.A., where he works in Water Management projects and in the construction of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants. His research and professional service focus on scientifically and socially significant problems including water resources sustainability, natural hazards, and climate change. In 2016 NASA awarded him with the NASA Earth & Space Science Fellowship for his interdisciplinary research on Climate Change. In 2019 he received the “Seal of Excellence” Award by the European Commission. He recently contributed as a co-author in the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (, a U.S. Governmental Assessment of Climate Change impacts, which contributes to North America’s 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA4).

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