Nikolaos A. Papanikolaou

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Laboratory of Biological Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

Contact details: Telephone: +302310999003


Dr. Nikos Papanikolaou was born and raised in Aliakmon, Kozani where he completed elementary and high school. He obtained his BS in Chemistry/Biology from Manhattan College in New York, USA, his MS and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in New York Medical College in New York. He was a Molecular Biologist at American Cyanamid Company (later Pfizer) for 3 years after which he did his post-doctoral studies in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Columbia University’s Institute for Cancer Genetics and the Department of Pathology. He was awarded the prestigious Kirschtein National Research Service Award and continued as non-tenured faculty at the Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University. He then moved to Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York where he was Group Leader and Bioanalyst. He returned as faculty member to the Laboratory of Biological Chemistry at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he remains until today. Dr. Papanikolaou was awarded a prestigious Hopkins-Libra fellowship to study protein methylation using proteomics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and continues to serve as visiting Professor at the Department of Biological Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University and at the Institute for Genetic Medicine. Dr. Papanikolaou’s interests lie in oncogenic mechanisms by zinc-finger proteins, protein post-translational modifications and the role of protein-protein interactions in cancer, stress and neurodegenerative diseases. His technical expertise includes protein chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics and analysis of protein structure-function.