PHD:           2005, University of Crete


Scientific interests

I am interested in retracing the evolutionary history of organisms. Much of my research focuses on molecular systematics, phylogeny, phylogeography, and population and conservation genetics of animal species inhabiting mainly the eastern Mediterranean region. The majority of my work is based on modern and/or ancient DNA analysis and I am in a continuous struggle to figure out the extreme diversity of these animals in a temporal and spatial frame. I am mainly question driven rather than organism bound. Thus, I have been working with a variety of invertebrate and vertebrate taxa, ranging from land snails, to isopods, frogs, lizards, birds and mammals. 

Recent publications


  • Psonis, N., Antoniou, A., Kukushkin, O., Jablonski, D., Petrov, B., Crnobrnja-Isailović, J., Sotiropoulos, K., Gherghel, I., Lymberakis, P. & Poulakakis, N. 2017. Hidden diversity in the Podarcis tauricus (Sauria, Lacertidae) species subgroup in the light of multilocus phylogeny and species delimitation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 106, 6-17
  • Dimopoulou, A., Antoniou, A. Mylonas, M, Vardinoyiannis, K., Poulakakis, N. 2017 Inferring phylogenetic patterns of land snails of the genus Albinaria in the islet of Dia (Crete, Greece). Systematics and Biodiversity (in press). 
  • Skourtanioti, Ε., Kapli, P., Ilgaz, C., Kumlutaş, Y., Avcı, A., Ahmadzadeh, F., Crnobrnja – Isailović, J., Gherghel, I., Lymberakis, P. Poulakakis, N. 2016 A re-investigation of phylogeny and divergence times of the Ablepharus kitaibelii species complex (Sauria, Scincidae) based on mtDNA and nuDNA genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 103, 199-214.
  • Gkontas, I., Papadaki, S., Trichas, A., Poulakakis, N. 2016 First assessment on the molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of the Gnaptortaxa distributed in Greece (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part A 8,1-8.
  • Psonis, N., Lymberakis, P., Poursanidis D., Poulakakis, N. 2016 Contribution to the study of Acanthodactylus (Sauria: Lacertidae) mtDNA diversity focusing on the A. boskianus species group. Mitochondrion, 30, 79-84.

8. Papadopoulos DK* (*corresponding author), Tomancak T. Gene Regulation: Analog to Digital Conversion of Transcription Factor Gradients. Curr Biol 2019;29(11);R422-R424.

9. Papadopoulos DK* (*corresponding author), Skouloudaki K, Engström Y, Terenius L, Rigler R, Zechner C, Vukojević V, Tomancak P. Control of Hox transcription factor concentration and cell-to-cell variability by an auto-regulatory switch. Development 2019;146(12). [Most read paper of Development in 2019]

10. Skouloudaki K*, Papadopoulos DK* (*joint with KS), Tomancak P, Knust E. The apical protein Apnoia interacts with Crumbs to regulate tracheal growth and inflation. PLoS Genet 2019;15,1,p.e1007852.

11. Maharana S, Wang J*, Papadopoulos DK* (*joint with JW), Richter D, Pozniakovsky A, Poser I, Bickle M, Rizk S, Guillén-Boixet J, Franzmann TM, Jahnel M, Marrone L, Chang YT, Sterneckert J, Tomancak P, Hyman AA, Alberti S. RNA buffers the phase separation behavior of prion-like RNA binding proteins. Science 2018;360(6391);918-921.

12. Reynolds JJ, Bicknell LS, Carroll P, Higgs MR, Shaheen R, Murray JE, Papadopoulos DK, Leitch A, Murina O, TarnauskaitE Z, Wessel SR, Zlatanou A, Vernet A, von Kriegsheim A, Mottram RM, Logan CV, Bye H, Li Y, Brean A, Maddirevula S, Challis RC, Skouloudaki K, Almoisheer A, Alsaif HS, Amar A, Prescott NJ, Bober MB, Duker A, Faqeih E, Seidahmed MZ, Al Tala S, Alswaid A, Ahmed S, Al-Aama JY, Altmüller J, Al Balwi M, Brady AF, Chessa L, Cox H, Fischetto R, Heller R, Henderson BD, Hobson E, Nürnberg P, Percin EF, Peron A, Spaccini L, Quigley AJ, Thakur S, Wise CA, Yoon G, Alnemer M, Tomancak P, Yigit G, Taylor AM, Reijns MA, Simpson MA, Cortez D, Alkuraya FS, Mathew CG, Jackson AP, Stewart GS. Mutations in DONSON disrupt replication fork stability and cause microcephalic dwarfism. Nat Genet 2017;49(4):537-549.