Group of “Molecular-Cellular Ageing and Carcinogenesis (MCAC)”

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Host Institution

The National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA) is the oldest and largest institution of higher education in Greece. Its size and diversity of scientific, technological, social and humanitarian activities nominate UoA among the most influential organizations in Greece. To support its members UoA hosts a large number of managerial and administrative bodies, several Secretariats and the Special Account for Research Grants. It offers high level education in its Schools of Theology, Law, Economics & Political Sciences, Health Sciences, Philosophy, Sciences and Independent Faculties as well in other Interdepartmental Programs. Each School is composed of a number of Faculties and/or Departments that are specialized in almost all thematic areas of modern research. Also, there are several UoA-affiliated clinics in most public hospitals in Athens; these clinics cure patients in all fields of medicine. NKUA has signed 153 bilateral agreements of cooperation with Universities from all over the world and participated in several thematic networks. It is a component of the Community of the Mediterranean Universities, an active member of the SOCRATES European Union programme and owns the biggest University library of Greece.

The Department of Cell Biology & Biophysics (DCBB) at the Faculty of Biology, UoA, provides state-of-the-art research facilities, including (among others) settings for molecular-cellular biology and biochemistry, as well as for insect and animal cells culturing. DCBB is equipped with instrumentation for measuring radiation exposure, a cryostat-microtome, two automatic ultramicrotomes, light and fluorescent microscopes, a TE2000S/ECLIPSE C-1 Nikon Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope and an image analysis unit, a Balzers rotary shadowing apparatus, a Scanning (Philips SEM-515) and a Transmission (Philips TEM-300) Electron Microscope. A cold-room, an insect culture room and a small animal house are additional facilities of DCBB. Recent technological advances include the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for cryo-EM sectioning and freeze substitution, live cell imaging at Confocal Microscope, high throughput microplate reading (nanoquant UV-VIS-Fluorescence-TRF) and cell culturing at regulated O2 concentration.