Dr Elissavet Nikolaou

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Eliza obtained a first class BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Sunderland in 2004 and continued further her studies with an MRes in Bioinformatics at University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In September 2005 she was awarded a 3 year studentship from University of Aberdeen to join Aberdeen Fungal Group (AFG) for a PhD in Molecular Biology, completed 2008. Her PhD project combined bioinformatics with laboratory-based experimentation to study the evolution of stress responses in fungal kingdom. After the completion of her PhD studies, Eliza worked for 5 years as a Clinical Biologist in the Microbiology/Hematology and Molecular Biology departments of “MEDISYN, Cooperative of Laboratory Medical Doctors”, diagnostic institute in Athens, Greece. In January 2015, Eliza joined the Professional Services team of Liverpool University, Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology (CIMI) as a Core Laboratory Technician. During this time she also worked alongside Paxton and Pollakis Group investigating viral and host factors associated with HIV-1 transmission and disease progression.

Eliza  joined the Respiratory Infection Group in February 2016 as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant. She is a Senior Microbiologist in the EHPC Study, detecting S. pneumoniae carriers and preparing inoculums used in the EHPC trials.

Current Project: Effect of Live Attenuated and Inactivated Influenza vaccines on Experimental Human Pneumococcal Carriage – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to Dr. Daniela Ferreira

Her current work focuses on

  • Competition of natural pneumococcal carriage at the time of the pneumococcal experimental inoculations and its impact for vaccine testing and development (collaboration with Dr Jason Hinds, St George’s University of London)
  • Microbiological contamination of bottles used for saline irrigation after sinus surgery and their effect on chronic rhinosinusitis (collaboration with Dr Samuel Leong and Dr Amanda Bartolo, Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool)

Teaching: During her PhD (2005-2008) at Aberdeen University she was demonstrating undergraduate and postgraduate Molecular Biology and Microbiology laboratory courses. From 2009-2012 she has been teaching biology and biological related modules in different universities and educational institutes in Greece. Since 2016 she has been teaching modern diagnostic tools for identification in medical bacteriology for the MSc Tropical Pediatrics and MSc Tropical Infectious Diseases courses at LSTM. She is currently participate at the PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at University of Liverpool and her educational research interest focus on exploring the impact of internalization to UK universities’ educational goals.

Public Engagement Activities: Lead for Respiratory Infection Group






Selected publications

  • Butler G. et.al. Evolution of pathogenicity and sexual reproduction in eight Candida genomes, Nature. 2009 Jun 4; 459(7247):657-62

    Nikolaou, E., Agrafioti, I., Stumpf M., Quinn, J., Stansfield I. and Brown JPA. Phylogenetic Diversity of Stress Signaling Pathways in Fungi, BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2009 Feb 21; 9:44