Alexandra Mystikou

Postdoctoral Associate Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BSc (Hons) University of the Aegean; MSc University of Aberdeen; PhD University of Aberdeen

Research Areas: Synthetic Biology, Algal Synthetic Genomics, Biotechnology

Alexandra Mystikou is a Postdoctoral Associate at New York University Abu Dhabi, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology. She is conducting her research at the Laboratory of Algal, Synthetic, and Systems Biology (LASSB), where she is developing synthetic genomic technologies for Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a green algal model species, in order to generate strains with superior characteristics with respect to the green production of bio-based feedstock and stress tolerance. Prior to her postdoctoral position she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor for two years at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi where she was teaching Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, and Energy and Sustainability. 

She completed her PhD at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, UK, where she studied the biodiversity of the Antarctic and Subantarctic seaweeds and the impact of Climate Change on them through molecular biology. She conducted five scientific expeditions in the South Atlantic, one of the world’s last pristine marine environments, that resulted the discovery of numerous new algal species. Alexandra has conducted algal research in international universities and research institutions such as the Natural History Museum in London, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in South America, and the South Atlantic Research Institute in the Falkland Islands.