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Nikolaos Poulakakis

Nikolaos Poulakakis

Group Leader
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Nikos Poulakakis is Professor at the Biology Department of the University of Crete, and Director of the Natural History Museum of Crete (since 2018). In March 2021 he was appointed as group leader of the Paleogenomics and Evolutionary Genetics (PEG) lab at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH). He studied Biology at the Univ. of Crete (1997) and holds a MSC in Paleontology (2000) from the Dept. of Geology (Univ. of Athens) and a Ph.D. in Biology (2005) from the Dept of Biology (Univ. of Crete). He has worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Natural History Museum of Crete (2005-2006) and at the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Yale University (2007-2009). His research interests include molecular systematics, phylogeny, phylogeography, as well as population and conservation genetics of animal species. Most of his work is based on modern and/or ancient DNA analysis and has worked with a variety of invertebrate and vertebrate taxa.

Yang W, Feiner N, Salvi D, Laakkonen H, Jablonski D, Pinho C, Carretero MA, Sacchi R, Zuffi MAL, Scali S, Plavos K, Pafilis P, Poulakakis N, Lymberakis P, Jandzik D, Schulte U, Aubret F, Badiane A, Perez I de Lanuza G, Abalos J, While GM, Uller T. (2022) Population genomics of wall lizards reflects the dynamic history of the Mediterranean Basin. Mol Biol Evol. 39:msab311.

Jablonski D, Gkontas I, Poursanidis D, Lymberakis P, Poulakakis N. (2021) Stability in the Balkans: phylogeography of the endemic Greek stream frog. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 132: 829-846.

Psonis N, Antoniou A, Karameta E, Darriba D, Stamatakis A, Lymberakis P, Poulakakis N. (2021) The wall lizards of the Balkan peninsula: tackling questions at the interface of phylogenomics and population genomics. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 159:107121.

Psonis Ν, Vassou D, Nicolaou L, Roussiakis S, Iliopoulos G, Poulakakis N, Sfenthourakis S. (2021) Mitochondrial sequences of the extinct Cypriot pygmy hippopotamus confirm its phylogenetic placement. Zoological Journal of Linnean Society. 196:979–989

Psonis N, de Carvalho CN, Figueiredo S, Tabakaki E, Vassou D, Poulakakis N, Kafetzopoulos D. (2020) Molecular identification and geographic origin of a post-Medieval elephant finding from southwestern Portugal using high-throughput sequencing. Sci Rep. 10:19252.