ESR 6: Aristeidis Tsagkaris, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic

Enzymatic FoodSmartphone assays for AChE inhibitors

About me: Aristeids S. Tsagkaris is from Greece and is 25 years old. He was born, lived and studied in Athens. In 2015, he obtained his M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering & Agricultural Science from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition of the Agricultural University of Athens. His master thesis entitled “Rare earth elements content in blood of Greek diabetic individuals” was first the measurement of rare earth elements in the Greek population and among the first cited in diabetic individuals. Moreover, under the supervision of Prof. C.A. Georgiou he was focused on food authenticity using elements as authenticity markers. In 2017, he received his M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry from the Chemistry Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His master thesis “Honey Authenticity: Development and validation of a UPLC-ESI-QToF MS method for the determination of phenolic compounds” was supervised by Associate Prof. N.S. Thomaidis and highlighted the importance of phenolic compounds for the discrimination of geographical and botanical origin of honey. During his studies, Aris get involved in scientific projects funded by the Greek Ministry of Health and the European Union and proved an intensive scientific activity. In fact, he published 2 articles in peer-review journals, 13 announcements (poster and oral presentation) in national and international conferences and 2 book chapters. Except research activity, he also worked as an analyst at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens measuring pollutants like PAHs and PCBs in wastewater with Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS). Currently he is a full-time Ph.D. candidate in University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague and a Marie Curie “FoodSmartphone” Early Stage Researcher under the supervision of Prof. J. Hajslova. His research focuses on the rapid screening of pesticides using an AChE assay combined with µPADs and the use of smartphone digital camera for colorimetric detection. Also, the development and validation of LC/MS and GC-MS methods for the verification of the screening assay will be a key component of the PhD topic. Aris Tsagkaris is an amateur football player and he has been member of football teams since 2002. Also, he loves listen to the music and travel. Concerning his favorite moto, it is Albert Einstein’s quote “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”…

Aristeidis Tsagkaris