Laboratory of Biological & Biotechnological Applications (L.B.B.A),
Department of Agriculture, School of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition,
University of Applied Sciences Crete
Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology of plant secondary metabolites
Metabolic engineering of microbial hosts
Bioactive plant metabolites
Microbial genomics and molecular diagnostics of plant pathogens of agronomic importance.
Education. He has graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Hellas-Greece, with a degree in Plant Sciences in 1987. He received his PhD in Plant Biochemistry from the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Reading (UK) in 1991, where he discovered the ACC oxidase, the enzyme responsible for ethylene biosynthesis in plant tissues. He managed to express in vitro activity of this enzyme for the first time in 1990. After continuing his work in the area of ethylene biosynthesis with Prof. Philip John (U. of Reading, UK), he moved as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University (USA), working on the molecular biology of ethylene biosynthesis with Prof. David R. Dilley for more than 2 years. In 1996, he returned to Greece as a Postdoctoral Scholar joining the team of Prof. Nickolas J. Panopoulos at the Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology in Heraklion, Crete, where he worked (1996-1998) in the area of molecular biotechnology identifying yeast genes involved in the detoxification of cercosporin, a toxin produced by plant pathogenic Cercospora species, with potential applications to plants.
Research experience and scientific leadership profile. Since 1998 he holds a Faculty position in the Department of Plant Sciences at the Technological Educational Institute of Crete in Heraklion. He is a tenured Professor since 2004. He has served as Head of School /Faculty pf Agriculture, Food & Nutrition (currently since Sept 2014) and Head of the Department of Agriculture for nearly four years until the summer of 2006. Also from September 2008 till today he serves as the Director (Government Statement (FEK) 299/July 2009) and Member of Scientific Board of Centre for Technological Research of Crete (CTR-Crete) a research Institution affiliated with TEI-Crete.
Prof. Ververidis directs the Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology Laboratory (PBBL) group, which he has created since 1998, working on the molecular and biotechnological exploitation of plant secondary metabolites of the Cretan and Greek flora. His recent work interests focus on the metabolic engineering of microbial hosts to functionally express heterologous genes from various genetic resources of the phenylpropanoid and other bioactive plant metabolites. Other scientific interests include the analysis of plant bioactive substances possessing properties of particular interest to the pharmaceutical as well as to agricultural industry with the use of physiological, biochemical and molecular approaches, the use of environmentally friendly methods for preserving quality of horticultural crops for the highest benefit of the environment and the consumer. He and his group are also involved in microbial genomics and molecular diagnostics of plant pathogens of agronomic importance. The Research Group under his supervision consists of Postdoctoral Research Associates and Postgraduate Students (studying for PhD or Master Dissertation) supported by competitive research programs. Until today Prof. Ververidis has supervised 3 PhD programs and several MSc Theses that have been accomplished. Seven postdoctoral research associates have joined the PBBL group over the last few years supported by research grants.
To date, he has been the author of 32 papers in referred journals and has been presented in 16 reviewed papers in proceedings of international conferences
Selected Research Papers
- Trantas, E.A., Licciardello, G., Almeida, N.F., Witek, K., Strano, C.P., Duxbury, Z., Ververidis, F., Goumas, D.E., Jones, J.D.G., Guttman, D.S., Catara, V., and Sarris, P.F. (2015). Comparative genomic analysis of multiple strains of two unusual plant pathogens: Pseudomonas corrugata and Pseudomonas mediterranea. Frontiers in Microbiology accepted for publication.
- Cress, B. F., Trantas E. A., Ververidis F., Linhardt R.J., and Koffas M. A. (2015). "Sensitive cells: enabling tools for static and dynamic control of microbial metabolic pathways." Current Opinion Biotechnology, 36: 205-214. DOI: 10.1016/j.copbio.2015.09.007
- Trantas EA, Koffas MAG, Xu P Ververidis F (2015). When plants produce not enough or at all: metabolic engineering of flavonoids in microbial hosts. Special Issue “Frontiers in Plant Metabolism and Chemodiversity”, Frontiers in Plant Science, 6:7. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00007.
- Trantas, E. A., Sarris, P. F., Pentari, M. G., Mpalantinaki, E. E., Ververidis, F., Goumas D. E., 2014. Diversity among Pseudomonas corrugata and Pseudomonas mediterranea isolated from tomato and pepper showing symptoms of pith necrosis in Greece. Plant Pathology, 64, 307–318: DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12261
- Trantas, E., Sarris, P., Mpalantinaki E, Pentari M., Ververidis, F., and Goumas, D. E. (2013). A new genomovar of Pseudomonas cichorii, a causal agent of tomato pith necrosis. European Journal of Plant Pathology , 137 (3), pp. 477-493.
- Dilley D., Wang Z., Kadirjan-Kalbach D, Ververidis F., Beaudry R., K. Padmanabhan (2013). 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACCO) reaction mechanism and putative post-translational activities of the ACCO protein. AoB Plants (Annals of Botany: Plants) - SPECIAL ISSUE: Ethylene 2012, 5: 1-23.
- Sarris, P., Trantas, E., Baltrus, D., Bull, C. T., Wechter, W. P., Shuangchun, Y., Ververidis, F., Almeida, N. F., Jones, C. D., Dangl, J. L., Panopoulos, N. J., Vinatzer, B. A., and Goumas, D. E. (2013). Comparative genomics of multiple strains of Pseudomonas cannabinapv. alisalensis, a potential model pathogen of both Monocots and Dicots. PLoS One 8 (3) e59366:1-16.
- Trantas, E., Panopoulos, N. and F. Ververidis. 2009. Metabolic engineering of the complete pathway leading to heterologous biosynthesis of various flavonoids and stilbenoids in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Metabolic Engineering 11, 355–366.
- Ververidis, F., Trantas, E., Douglas, C., Vollmer, G., Kretzschmar, G., Panopoulos, N., 2007a Biotechnology of flavonoids and other phenylpropanoid-derived natural products. Part I: Chemical diversity, impacts on plant biology and human health. Biotechnology Journal, 2, 1214-1234.
- Ververidis, F., Trantas, E., Douglas, C., Vollmer, G., Kretzschmar, G., Panopoulos, N., 2007b Biotechnology of flavonoids and other phenylpropanoid-derived natural products. Part II: Reconstruction of multienzyme pathways in plants and microbes. Biotechnology Journal, 2, 1235-1249.
- Ververidis F., Davrazou F., Diallinas G., Georgakopoulos D., Kanellis A. K. and Panopoulos N. 2001. A novel putative reductase (Cpd1p) and the multidrug exporter Snq2p are involved in resistance to cercosporin and other singlet oxygen-generating photosensitizers in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Current Genetics 39: 127-136.