Research activities of the Laboratory of Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals cover a wide range of disciplines including Anatomy, Histology-Embryology, Physiology, Microbiology and Hygiene of farm animals. Research fields of the academic staff include:
Neuroendocrinology of reproduction.
Interactions between nutrition and reproduction.
Epigenetic mechanisms of developmental programming.
Cellular development of enteric nervous system in chicken embryo using histochemistry and immunehistochemistry.
Embryonic organogenesis of the chicken.
Histochemistry and Immunohistochemistry applications for the study of organophosphates and carbamates toxicity.
Health and welfare of farm animals and farm hygiene.
Epidemiology of infectious and parasitic farm animal diseases.
Interactions between genotype, environmental factors and farm animal diseases.
Herd health management.
Clinical, laboratory and ultrasound diagnostic applications in livestock science.
Diagnostic investigation of infectious diseases using molecular tools and analytical nanotechnology.
Quality control of laboratory diagnostics of infectious diseases.
Host-pathogen interactions for animal infectious diseases, with emphasis on zoonoses.
Contribution of microbial pathogens to the etiopathogenesis of autoimmune diseases
European research projects
Design of Effective and sustainable control strategies for LIVER fluke in Europe (DELIVER)
Multiparametric detection of bio-molecule conjugated nanoparticles for the diagnostic investigation of mycobacterial infections of humans and animals (Coordinator)
Analysis and control of egg contamination by Salmonella and other zoonotic pathogens after the move of laying hens to enriched cages and alternative housing systems (SAFEHOUSE)
“ConFluTech” European research program for training and harmonization of flu techniques in general and bird flu in particular
Multi faced research in rabbits: a model to develop a healthy and safe production in respect with animal welfare. European Cooperation in Science and Technology. COST 848 Action. 2000-2005.
Veterinary Network of Laboratories Researching into Improved Diagnosis and Epidemiology of Mycobacterial Diseases. Coordination action. 2004.
Design of Effective and sustainable control strategies for LIVER fluke in Europe (DELIVER). FP6-FOOD. 2006-2009.
Multiparametric detection of bio-molecule conjugated nanoparticles for the diagnostic investigation of mycobacterial infections of humans and animals (NANOMYC). FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH. 2007-2010.
Capacity building for the control of Avian influenza through technology transfer and training (ConFluTech). FP6-POLICIES. 2007-2012.
Epigenetics and Periconception Environment – Periconception environment as an Epigenomic lever for optimising food production and health in livestock. (EPICONCEPT) COST FA1201: 2012-2016.
Small Ruminant Assist Training (Alltech-SRAT). ALLTECH©. 2018-2019.
Post mortem examination and histology of bird carcasses collected following the application of the organophosphate chlorpyrifos. Tier3 solutions GmbH (Germany) for Corteva AgriscienceTM, The Agriculture Division of DowDuPontTM. 2013-2020.
Swine diseases field diagnostic toolbox (SWINOSTICS). Horizon 2020. 2018-2021.
European Network for Optimization of Veterinary Antimicrobial Treatment (ENOVAT). Cost Action, CA18217. 2019-2023.
Disseminating Innovation Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management» (DISARM). Horizon 2020. 2019-2022.
National research projects
Study of the effect of maternal nutrition during gestation on physiological and production traits of their offspring in sheep», EPEAEK ‘PITHAGORAS’ 2004-2008.
Biosecurity control of animal-derived foods for children. ΧΜ ΕΟΧ 2004-2009 and Ministry of Finance. 2009-2011.
Study of the effect of maternal undernutrition, during late gestation and/or lactation, on physiological traits of female and male offspring in sheep». HAO-Demeter. 2011-2013.
Vaccine-based control of paratuberculosis. Aristeia ΙΙ. 2014.
Development of innovative diets to improve sheep milk quality (FEED FOR MILK). Operational Program Western Greece 2014-2020, Action: Strengthening Development and Innovation Research Plans and RIS3 Priority Area “AGRICULTURE”. 2019-2020.
Epidemiological investigation of foot lameness, assessment of relevant risk factors and development of a protocol for its diagnosis, prediction and control in intensive dairy sheep flocks. Operational Program ‘Development of Human Resources, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020. ‘Support of Researchers with emphasis on Young Researchers-Second call’. 2020-2021.
A comprehensive approach against ovine progressive pneumonia for the preservation and sustainability of Chios sheep farms. Application of early disease-detection systems and generation of virus-free breeding stocks (RETROFREE). 1st Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects for the support of Academics, Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation. 2020-2022
The laboratory staff participates in National and International Organizations such as:
IDF “Animal Health” Standing Committee
World Rabbit Science Association, Greek Branch, Country Representative
International Society for Animal Hygiene, Greek Branch, Country Representative
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)