|Dr Christina Karatzaferi, Assistant Professor|
Christina Karatzaferi received her BSc in Sports Science from the University of Athens- Greece (1993), her MSc in Sport Science from Loughborough University – UK (1996) and her PhD in Exercise Physiology from Manchester Metropolitan University - UK (2000). She has worked as a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh – UK (1999-2001), as a visiting CVRI Research Fellow at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) (2001-2002), as an American Heart Association Research Fellow (2002-2004) and later as a researcher (2004) also at UCSF and has taught human physiology at the UC Berkeley Extension (2002 and 2003) - USA. She came to the University of Thessaly initially as a research and teaching fellow in 2004 and was later appointed a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology in 2005. She also serves as the Physiology Research Coordinator at the Institute of Human Performance and Rehabilitation CERETETH since 2006. She teaches undergraduate and post-graduate courses in exercise physiology, environmental physiology and exercise for health. Christina is a member of the European Society for Muscle Research, the Biophysical Society-USA and the American Physiological Society. She is also a founding member of the newly established Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Physiology of Exercise. She referees for scientific journals in sport sciences and cell physiology. As a main author or co-author has published > 20 peer reviewed scientific articles appearing in PubMed database, 2 book chapters, 1 book and 1 book chapter translated in Greek, 1 protein structure and has presented > 33 papers in international conferences (8 invited). She has received various awards and has secured research grants for both applied and basic science projects. Her research work has been cited 331 times with h index=9 (Scopus, Oct 2011). She also participates in science dissemination efforts and in science awareness events. Christina’s research includes muscle physiology, mechanics and metabolism, musculoskeletal adaptations to inactivity and oxidative stress, and interventions to counteract muscle weakness and maintain “functional” independence in chronic disease.