Nikoletta PAPADOPOULOUscientific officer at EFSA
Nikoletta Papadopoulou is a scientific officer at the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Unit of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). She supports the assessment of data submitted for the molecular characterisation of genetically modified plants, in food and feed applications before market authorisation in Europe, including RNAi, next-generation sequencing (NGS) and bioinformatics analyses. Nikoletta obtained a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Portsmouth (1996), Master’s (1998) and PhD (2003) degrees in molecular endocrinology from the University of Warwick, UK. After postdoctoral research on the signalling pathways that regulate allergic, inflammatory and stress-induced responses in mammalian systems at Tufts University Medical School, Boston (USA), and work on immune regulation at the Helmholtz Centre Munich (Grossharden) and the Institute of Genetics at the University of Cologne (Germany) using transgenic models, she moved in 2008 to the Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene (University of Cologne) as a group leader, focusing on the role of miRNA-pathway components in allergy and inflammation. She joined EFSA in 2016.