Who We Are

The Respiratory Physiology Laboratory is part of the Medical School of the University of Cyprus. It is headed by the Professor of Pediatrics and pediatric pulmonologist Dr Panayiotis Yiallouros and it currently engages 12 members at the senior, post-doctoral, and junior level. Overall, the make-up of the Respiratory Physiology Laboratory and its network of collaborators is characterised by a highly engaged and collaborative multidisciplinary team of medical doctors, allied health professionals (diagnosticians, nurses, physiotherapists) and researchers.

The laboratory provides training and clinical care and conducts research in the fields of respiratory disease with a special interest in rare hereditary respiratory diseases such as Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia and Cystic Fibrosis. Furthermore, the laboratory is actively involved in research in the field of environmental and public health, primarily regarding the impacts of air pollution and other environmental determinants in common respiratory diseases such as Asthma.

Our Team

Panayiotis Yiallouros

Panayiotis Yiallouros

Professor of Paediatrics
Professor Panayiotis Yiallouros is a pediatirc pulmonologist and is the Head of the Respiratory Physiology Laboratory and the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Service. Prof Yiallouros is also the Project Coordinator of LIFE MEDEA project and participates as a Work Package leader in other projects focusing on respiratory disease and public health.
Panayiotis Kouis

Panayiotis Kouis

Special Research Scientinst
Panayiotis Kouis is a biologist with a PhD in Environmental Health. He is the project manager for LIFE MEDEA and is involved in the PCD diagnostic testing. His research interests include respiratory physiology and respiratory epidemiology.
Skevi Stylianou-Riga

Skevi Stylianou-Riga

Special Teaching Staff
Dr Stylianou-Riga is a paediatrician-neonatologist involved in the training of University of Cyprus medical students during their paediatric rotation. Furthermore, Dr Stylianou-Riga is undergoing her PhD studies in collaboration with the Respiratory Physiology Laboratory and the University of Athens
Maria Kakoura

Maria Kakoura

Special Research Scientist
Maria Kakkoura is a biologist with a PhD in Molecular Medicine. She is involved in the LIFE MEDEA project and her research interests include public health and genetic epidemiology.
Petros Mouzourides

Petros Mouzourides

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory University of Cyprus
Dr Mouzourides has studied Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences and holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering. He is currently involved in the LIFE MEDEA project and his research interests include air flow and pollution in urban areas.
Aigli Evriviadou

Aigli Evriviadou

Special Research Scientist
Aigli Evriviadou is a molecular biologist with a PhD in cardiovascular science. She is involved in PCD diagnostic testing and more particularly with assessment of cilia motility and performance of ALI cultures. Her research interests include respiratory physiology and molecular pathology.
Paraskevi Kinni

Paraskevi Kinni

Special Research Scientist
Paraskevi Kinni is a chemist with an MSc degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is involved in the LIFE MEDEA project and her research interests include social epidemiology of air pollution.
Margarita Kaliva

Margarita Kaliva

Special Research Scientist
Margarita Kaliva is a biologist with an MSc degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is involved in PCD diagnostic testing and more particularly with nasal Nitric Oxide measurements, assessment of cilia motility and performance of ALI cultures.
Antonis Mechanikou

Antonis Mechanikou

Special Research Scientist
Antonis Mechanikou is a chemist and he is currently undertaking an MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences. He is involved in the LIFE MEDEA project and more particularly in the measurements of air pollution.
Marios Lemonaris

Marios Lemonaris

Special Research Scientist
Marios Lemonaris holds a BSc degree in Biomedical Science and he is currently a medical student. He is involved in the LIFE MEDEA project, and more particularly in the recruitment of atrial fibrillation patients at the hospital and with pacemaker data collection.
Stavria-Artemis Elia

Stavria-Artemis Elia

Special Research Scientist
Stavria-Artemis Elia is a mathematician-statistician with an MSc degree in Mathematical Medicine and Biology and a master of Public Health (MPH). She is involved in the LIFE MEDEA project and her research interests include public health and epidemiology.
Andreas Eleftheriou

Andreas Eleftheriou

Special Research Scientist
Andreas Eleftheriou has studied Environmental Geography and holds an MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management. He is currently a PhD student in the filed of Environmental Engineering and is involved in the MEDEA Project as a meteorology and air pollution research scientist.
Pinelopi Anagnostopoulou

Pinelopi Anagnostopoulou

Pediatrician
Dr Anagnostopoulou
Andreas Anagiotos

Andreas Anagiotos

ENT Specialist
Dr Anayiotos

Collaborators

Souzana Achileos

Souzana Achileos

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cyprus University of Technology
Souzana Achilleos is a chemist with an ScD in Environmental Health. She is responsible for air pollution measurements within the framework of LIFE MEDEA project her research interests include air pollution and its related health effects.
Ioanna Antoniades

Ioanna Antoniades

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology University of Cyprus
Ioanna Antoniades is a biologist with a PhD in Molecular Biology. She participates in the project “Ciliary Adhesions and their role in Ciliogenesis and Ciliary function” and is also responsible for the performance of ALI cultures of ciliated cells.
Andreas Hadjisavvas

Andreas Hadjisavvas

Scientist at the Department of Electron Microscopy/Molecular Pathology, Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
Dr Andreas Hadjisavvas is an Associate Professor of the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine and Scientist at the Department of Electron Microscopy/Molecular Pathology. He has been active in research involving cancer genetics and epidemiology as well as nephrology, mitochondrial and neuromuscular disorders.
Phivos Ioannou

Phivos Ioannou

Nursing officer at Archbishop Makarios III Hospital
Phivos Ioannou is a nursing officer at the Pediatric Pulmonology clinic of Archbishop Makarios III Hospital and is responsible for lung function testing in PCD. Phivos is also a PhD candidate and his research thesis focuses on the health related quality of life in PCD.
Petros Koutrakis

Petros Koutrakis

Professor of Environmental Sciences at Harvard T.H. School of Public Health
Dr Koutrakis is the Head of the Exposure, Epidemiology and Risk Program and the Director of the EPA/Harvard University Center for Ambient Particle Health Effects. He has performed a series of studies regarding air quality in Cyprus, Greece and the Middle East and is involved in the LIFE MEDEA project as an expert consultant in the performance of air pollution measurements. His research activities focus on the development of human exposure measurement techniques and the investigation of sources, transport, and the fate of air pollutants.
Kyriacos Kyriacou

Kyriacos Kyriacou

Senior Scientist Head of the Department of Electron Microscopy/Molecular Pathology, Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
Dr Kyriacos Kyriacou is a Professor and Dean of the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine and the Head of the Department of Electron Microscopy/Molecular Pathology. He is an internationally acclaimed expert on Electron Microscopy, as well as on Cancer Genetics. His main research interests include the molecular pathology and genetic epidemiology cancer, renal disease and ciliary disorders.
Maria Loizidou

Maria Loizidou

Laboratory Scientific Officer at the Department of Electron Microscopy/Molecular Pathology, Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
Dr Maria Loizidou holds a PhD in Cancer Genetics/Genetic Epidemiology. She has been active in the development and validation of new diagnostic molecular genetics tests for hereditary cancer predisposition, which are now an integral part of the services offered by the CING. Maria is also involved in genetic testing for PCD diagnosis. Her research interests include the study of cancer both at the research and diagnostic level.
Markela Markou

Markela Markou

Head of Microbiology Department at Archbishop Makarios III Hospital
Dr Markou is a clinical microbiologist, responsible for the culture of respiratory samples from PCD patients. Her research interests focus on the molecular characterisation of pseudomonas bacteria that are isolated from PCD patients and patients with Cystic Fibrosis.
Nicos Middleton

Nicos Middleton

Associate Professor in Health Sciences Research Methodology and Biostatistics at Cyprus University of Technology
Dr Middleton is a statistician with a PhD in Epidemiology. His research interests fall within the sphere of chronic disease (e.g. asthma, cancer), mental health and geographical epidemiology, particularly with respect to population health inequalities and the social and physical environmental determinants of health.
Georgios Nikolopoulos

Georgios Nikolopoulos

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Dr Nikolopoulos is an epidemiologist and the coordinator of the RPF project “Biometeorological Aspect of Thermal environment and Health: impacts on public health and on special populations to improve the quality of life and tourism sustainability” His research interests include public health, environmental epidemiology and epidemiology of infectious diseases.
Stefania Papatheodorou

Stefania Papatheodorou

Assistant Professor at Cyprus University of Technology and Lecturer in Epidemiology Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr Papatheodorou is an obstetrician and gynaecologist. Her clinical research interests include risk factors and interventions for preterm labor, early diagnosis of fetal defects, pregnancy establishment and pregnancy loss. She has developed various novel meta-research methods to address clinical decision-making and her work includes advanced epidemiological methods (such as the excess significance test and the credibility ceiling)
Panayiota Pirpa

Panayiota Pirpa

Laboratory Scientific Officer at the Department of Electron Microscopy/Molecular Pathology, Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
Panagiota Pirpa is a biologist with an MSc in Medical Genetics. She is responsible of PCD genetic testing and her research interests include the molecular characterisation of ciliary defects and identification of genetic loci that increase cancer susceptibility.
Konstantinos Pitsios

Konstantinos Pitsios

Special Teaching staff
Dr Pitsios is an allergiologist for children and adults and teaches physiology and immunology in the Medical School of University of Cyprus. He is participating in the LIFE MEDEA project and he is responsible for the performance of allergic sensitization skin prick tests. His research interests focus on immunotherapy and food allergy.
Louiza Potamiti

Louiza Potamiti

Laboratory Scientific Officer at the Department of Electron Microscopy/Molecular Pathology, Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
Louiza Potamiti is a medical laboratory technologist with an MSc in molecular genetics. She is involved in PCD diagnostic testing and more particularly in TEM processing and TEM imaging. Her research interests include the molecular pathology ciliary and other disorders.
Paris Skourides

Paris Skourides

Associate Professor at University of Cyprus
Dr Skourides is the head of the Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology, leads the only Xenopus facility in Cyprus and is the coordinator of the “Ciliary Adhesions and their role in Ciliogenesis and Ciliary function” RPF project. His research work focuses in the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in generating tissue organisation and morphogenesis as well as ciliogenesis and directional mucociliary flow.
Aristoula Toliopoulou

Aristoula Toliopoulou

Physiotherapist at the Archbishop Makarios III hospital
Ms Aristoula Toliopoulou is a pediatric physiotherapist and a registered member of the chartered society of physiotherapy in the UK. She completed a BSc (Hons) in Sports Rehabilitation and a Bsc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Salford UK and successfully completed a respiratory placement at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK. Through additional training and simultaneously with her other duties she has focused in respiratory physiotherapy and gained valuable experience in the specific field. Currently she is part of the Cyprus PCD service and works with both pediatric and adult PCD patients.