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Christos Stathakis

Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Christos was born in Sparta Greece in 1978 and completed his basic studies in Chemistry at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2001. He obtained his Ph.D. from the same University in 2007 under the guidance of Prof. J. Gallos. In the following years, he pursued postdoctoral studies at Columbia University in the city of New York, USA (Prof. S. Snyder), at the National Center of Natural Sciences in Athens, Greece (Dr. D. Vourloumis) and, finally, at Ludwig Maximillians Universität in Munich, Germany (Prof. Paul Knochel).
For the next five years (2013-2018) he worked as senior research scientist at Organic Synthesis Department of Pharmathen S.A., a pharmaceutical company in Thessaloniki, Greece. In July 2018 he started his independent career as Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry at Chemistry Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


2019 Selected to represent Greece at the Young Investigators Workshop, Organic Chemistry Division, in Vienna YIW 2019.

2011 Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität, Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2009 Marie Curie Excellence Grants Fellow: “Study of RNA components by the Synthesis of Small Molecules” Contract No. MEXT-CT-2006-039149.

2008 Columbia University Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2002 General Committee of Research and Technology and the Hellenic Ministry of Education doctoral fellowship.

2001 “The Papamichalopoulos Foundation” prize for excellence in undergraduate studies.

Representative Scientific Publications

1. Harnessing quinone methides: Total synthesis of (±)-Vaticanol A.
T. H. Jepsen, S. B. Thomas, Y. Lin, C. I. Stathakis, I. de Miguel, S. A. Snyder Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 6747.

2. Improved Air-Stable Solid Aromatic and Heterocyclic Zinc Reagents by Highly Selective Metalations for Negishi Cross-Couplings. C. I. Stathakis, S. Bernhardt, V. Quint, P. Knochel Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 9428.

3. An Improved Approach to Chiral Cyclopentenone Building Blocks. Total Synthesis of Pentenomycin I and Neplanocin A. J. K. Gallos, C. I. Stathakis, S. S. Kotoulas, A. E. Koumbis J. Org. Chem. 2005, 70, 6884.

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