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Nektarios   Tavernarakis

Nektarios Tavernarakis


Ph.D, the University of Crete

Current Position

Research Director at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Professor of Molecular Systems Biology at the Medical School of the University of Crete in Heraklion, Greece


  1. Palikaras, K., Lionaki, E. and Tavernarakis, N. (2015). Coordination of mitophagy and mitochondrial biogenesis during ageing in C. elegans. Nature 521(7553): 525-528.
  2. Kourtis, N., Nikoletopoulou, V. and Tavernarakis, N. (2012). Small heat-shock proteins protect from heat-stroke-associated neurodegeneration. Nature 490(7419): 213-218.
  3. Artal-Sanz, M. and Tavernarakis, N. (2009). Prohibitin couples diapause signalling to mitochondrial metabolism during ageing in C. elegans. Nature 461(7265): 793-797.
  4. Syntichaki, P., Troulinaki, K. and Tavernarakis, N. (2007). eIF4E function in somatic cells modulates ageing in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nature 445(7130): 922-926.
  5. Syntichaki, P., Xu, K., Driscoll, M. and Tavernarakis, N. (2002). Specific aspartyl and calpain proteases are required for neurodegeneration in C. elegans. Nature 419(6910): 939-944.
Protocols by Nektarios Tavernarakis
  1. Intracellular Assessment of ATP Levels in Caenorhabditis elegans
  2. Measuring Oxygen Consumption Rate in Caenorhabditis elegans
  3. P-body and Stress Granule Quantification in Caenorhabditis elegans
  4. Protein Synthesis Rate Assessment by Fluorescence Recovery after Photobleaching (FRAP)
  5. In vivo Mitophagy Monitoring in Caenorhabditis elegans to Determine Mitochondrial Homeostasis