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Stefania Elisavet KAPSETAKI

Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Post Doctoral Scholars, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7801
Education: 

Postdoc in Cancer & Evolution, BioDesign Institute, ASU

PhD in Zoology, University of Oxford

MSc in Zoology, University of Oxford

BSc in Biology (Molecular Biology & Biotechnology), University of Crete

Videos
Research Group: 

Athena Aktipis & Carlo Maley (in collaboration with Elizabeth Murchison at the University of Cambridge)

Publications: 

Co-first authors*

8.  Kapsetaki S.E.*, Marquez Alcaraz G.*, Maley C.C., Whisner C.M., Aktipis A. Diet, microbes, and cancer across the tree of life: a systematic review (preprint: https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-1077771/v1)

 

7.  Kapsetaki S.E., Fisher R. Chapter 10: “Group formation: Hypotheses for the evolution of clonal multicellularity” in the book “The evolution of multicellularity”. Taylor and Francis Publishing. (2022) https://www.routledge.com/The-Evolution-of-Multicellularity/Herron-Conli...

 

6.  Kapsetaki S.E., West S.A. The costs and benefits of multicellular group formation in algae. Evolution. 73.6 (2019): 1296-1308.

(media: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/evo.13750)

 

5.  Kapsetaki S.E., Fisher R.M., West S.A. Green blobs and predatory beasts: clues to multicellularity? Frontiers for Young Minds. 7:20. (2019) doi: 10.3389/frym.2019.00020. 

 

4.  Kapsetaki S.E., Tep A., West S.A. How do algae form multicellular groups? Evolutionary Ecology Research. 18.6 (2017): 663-675.

(media: http://www.cretalive.gr/culture/moysikoi-kai-episthmones-oi-didymes-kapsetakh, https://rethemnos.gr/me-diethnes-diakrisis-stin-mousiki-ke-stin-epistimi-synechizoun-i-didymes-kapsetaki-apo-tin-kriti/, http://flashnews.gr/post/333052/oi-didymes-apthn-krhth-poy-sarwnoyn-se-diakriseis-kai-brabeia, https://www.aera.gr/crete-news/47578-oi-didymes-apthn-krhth-poy-sarwnoyn-se-diakriseis-kai-brabeia.html, https://www.patris.gr/2017/11/21/1o-pagkosmio-vravio-gia-ti-marianna/, http://www.cretanmagazine.gr/1o-pagkosmio-vravio-gia-ti-irakliotissa-marianna/?utm, http://www.ereportaz.gr/pagkosmia-diakrisi-gia-tis-didymes-irakliotisses-kapsetaki/, http://www.cretewoman.gr/el/9986/.php)

 

3.  Kapsetaki S.E., Fisher R.M., West S.A. Predation and the formation of multicellular groups in algae. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 17.5 (2016): 651-669. (media: http://www.4-traders.com/news/New-Evolutionary-Ecology-Data-Have-Been-Reported-by-Investigators-at-University-of-Oxford-Predation--23420759/)

 

2.  Kapsetaki S.E.*, Tzelepis I.*, Livadaras I., Garantonakis N., Varikou K., Apidianakis Y. The bacterial metabolite 2-aminoacetophenone promotes association of pathogenic bacteria with flies. Nature Communications 5.1 (2014): 1-7.

(media: http://www.sigmalive.com/lifestyle/health/146502, http://www.mywaypress.gr/κύπρος-σημαντικές-εξελίξεις-στον-τομ/, http://spotlight.studentlife.com.cy/2014/07/23/ucy-simantikes-ekselikseis-ston-tomea-twn-enterikwn-mikroviwn-apo-erevnites-biologikwn-epistimwn/, http://www.politis-news.com/cgibin/hweb?-A=270090&-V=articles, http://www.philenews.com/el-gr/eidiseis-perivallon/51/210875/simantiki-meleti-gia-ta-enterika-mikrovia-apo-to-panepistimio-kyprou, https://www.ucy.ac.cy/pr/documents/Press_Releases/2014/Pseudomonas_aeruginosa.pdf)


1.  Tzelepis I., Kapsetaki S.E., Panayidou S., Apidianakis Y. Drosophila melanogaster: a first step and a stepping-stone to anti-infectives. Current Opinion in Pharmacology, (2013) 13:1–6.

Presentations: 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

25. Speaker, “Multicellularity in algae and cancer across species”, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2021

 

24. Speaker, invited twin interview on TV, ERT1 Greek National TV, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MQjA62Hqncg, 2021

 

23. Invited interviewee for “Greek Women in STEM”, https://greekwomeninstem.com/composing-in-the-microcosm/, https://greekwomeninstem.com/gr/composing-in-the-microcosm/, 2021 

 

22.  Speaker, invited interviewee, sharing my experiences in STEM and raising awareness about girls' abilities to excel in STEM, at the Girl Up Singapore club in collaboration with the UN Foundation, https://www.instagram.com/p/CMw4fDhrl5Z/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link, 2021

 

21. Panelist speaker, Greek Women in STEM, «Γυναίκες+», co organised by REAL Science, Greek Girls Code, Lean in Tech Hellas, virtual conference, 2021, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AimCR78yYZA 

 

20. Speaker, Evolution and Medicine course for Bristol University medical students, 2021

 

19.  Speaker, Women’s History Month, interview organised by the Foundation for Advocating Youth Education (FAYE), spreading awareness about issues that affect students, 2021 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jgK9VVjqZ54 

 

18.  Speaker, “Lab out Loud” podcast, talking about cancer, chimerism, science & the arts, and my career in general https://laboutloud.com/2021/01/episode-239-dr-steffania-kapsetaki/, 2021

 

17.  Online exhibition of my science artwork, Michigan University, 2020 https://www.msuscicomm.org/2020-sciart-exhibition/dr.-stefania-kapsetaki 

 

16. Speaker, Ioannina Science Festival, virtual, “Η πολυκύτταρη συμφωνία και ο καρκίνος”, Greece, 2020

 

15.  Speaker, Invited Science Conversation & Recital, “The Multicellular Symphony”, Spirit of the Senses Society, Tempe, 2020

 

14. Speaker, Knowledge Mobilization Awards, Tempe, 2020

 

13. Speaker, “I Love Science Day”, Arizona National History Museum, 2020

 

12. Speaker, Title: Cancer and chimerism across the tree of life, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2020

 

11.  Speaker, Coffee@Beyond Lecture. “The Multicellular Symphony? Cooperation, conflict, chimeras & transmissible cancers”, Biodesign Institute, Tempe, 2020

 

10.  Speaker, poster presentation, Young Systematics Forum, Natural History Museum, London, 2019

 

9.  Keynote speaker, 2nd International Conference on Aquaculture and Fisheries, Malaysia, 2019

 

8. Speaker, “Presentation of recent Frontiers for Young Minds article”, Graduate Seminars, Department of Zoology, Oxford, 2019

 

7. Speaker, “Major transitions – from  the precellular world to human societies”, Natural History Museum, Crete, Greece, 2019

 

6. Speaker, “The origins of life”, Arizona National History Museum, 2019

 

5. Speaker, “Cooperation and competition from the beginning of life to societies”, Museum of Natural History, Oxford, 2019

 

4. Speaker, “The road had its own story…the evolution of multicellularity”, University of Crete, Department of Biology, Heraklion Crete, Greece, 2018

 

3. Speaker, “The road had its own story…”, Music Schools Meeting, Heraklion Crete, Greece, 2018

 

2. Speaker, “Multicellular group formation in algae”, Oxford Congress on Plant Science, 2018


1.  Interviews and presentations in newspapers, magazines, on local/national radio and TV stations. http://www.cretetv.gr/ΚΡΗΤΗ-ΣΗΜΕΡΑ-02072015/, 2009-16

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

43. Selected speaker, oral presentation, “The ecology of cancer prevalence across species”, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, virtual, 2022

 

42. Selected speaker, oral presentation, flash talk, “The ecology of cancer prevalence across species”, Young Systematics Forum, virtual, 2021

 

41. Selected speaker, oral presentation, “The evolution of multicellularity in algae”, Janelia 4D Cellular Physiology Workshop on Evolution of Multicellularity, 2021 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob6GRBIMKPI&list=PLTHgpZlI_u0jii6lPyPHP-Hl...

 

40.  Speaker, poster presentation, “The ecology of cancer prevalence across species”, Arizona Postdoctoral Research Conference, 2021

 

39.  Speaker, poster presentation, “The ecology of cancer prevalence across species”, Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC) Annual Meeting, Virtual, 2021

 

38.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Is chimerism linked with cancers across the tree of life?”, Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution-Société Canadienne d'Écologie et d'Évolution (CSEE-SCEE) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, selected from over 300 abstracts to give a 12-minute talk, 2021

 

37.  Speaker, oral presentation, Chimerism & Cancer, virtual conference, International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health (ISEMPH), 2021

 

36.  Speaker, poster presentation, Chimerism & Cancer, Cancer Across Species - Improving Health Care for All, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, 2021

 

35.  Speaker, poster presentation, Fusion Scientific Retreat, Arizona State University, 2021

 

34.  Speaker, poster presentation, Cancer Systems Biology Consortium CSBC/PS-ON virtual conference, poster title “Cancer in spacetime: a dis-ease of 1096 species approaching the t(r)opic of cancer at the top of the food pyramid”, 2021

 

33.  Speaker, oral & poster presentation, Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting (ZAMM), Virtual, Arizona State University, 2020

 

32.  Speaker, poster presentation “Cancer in spacetime: a dis-ease of 1096 species approaching the t(r)opic of cancer at the top of the food pyramid” at the virtual Systems Approaches to Cancer Biology (SACB) virtual conference, 2020

 

31.  Speaker, selected to give a 3 minute lightning talk, 2nd annual Arizona Postdoctoral Research Virtual Conference, 2020

 

30.  Speaker, poster presentation, Cancer Systems Biology Consortium CSBC/PS-ON/BD-STEP Junior Investigator Annual Meeting for the NCI Cancer Systems Biology Consortium, Virtual, 2020

 

29.  Speaker, Cancer & Embryo Development Conference. Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, 2020

 

28.  Speaker, poster presentation, ASU Interdisciplinary Study of Cooperation Winter School, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, 2020

 

27.  Speaker, poster presentation, ASU Methods in Cancer & Evοlution Conference, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, 2019

 

26.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Chimerism across the tree of life”, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge, 2019

 

25.  Speaker, poster presentation, Arizona Wellbeing Commons Conference, “The evolution of chimerism and cancer transmissibility”, Phoenix, 2019

 

24.  Speaker, poster presentation, Arizona Postdoctoral Research Conference, “The evolution of chimerism and cancer transmissibility”, Phoenix, 2019

 

23.  Speaker, poster presentation, “The evolution of chimerism and cancer transmissibility”, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer Course, Cambridge UK, 2019

 

22.  Speaker, Arizona Symposium on Virology, Immunology, Microbiomes and Infectious Diseases Conference, Phoenix, 2019

 

21.  Speaker, poster presentation, “The first step in the evolution of multicellularity”, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer course, Cambridge UK, 2018

 

20.  Speaker, poster presentation, International Conference on “Collective Behavior” in Trieste, Italy, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, 2018

 

19.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Music of Life”, a combination of live classical piano performance and silent nature documentaries together with a short presentation about the major evolutionary transitions at the 4th Aegean Arts International Festival, Crete, Greece, 2017

 

18.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Music of Life”, a combination of live classical piano performance and silent nature documentaries together with a short talk at the Imperial Science Festival, London (this event was live-broadcasted worldwide), 2017

 

17.  Speaker, poster presentation, “How do algae form multicellular groups?” at the European Society of Evolutionary Biology conference (ESEB) in Groningen, Netherlands. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Eve5Rz-a2dpPecIsOruG1e1EwdcqAKN7/view?usp=sharing, 2017 

 

16.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Predation and multicellular group formation in algae”, and helped organize the event by taking the initiative to create the conference logo & perform live classical music while showing major transitions-themed videos, October, Major Transitions Workshop, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, 2016

 

15.  Speaker, poster presentation, Royal Society Event “Into the world of Algal Genomics”, Buckinghamshire, 2016

 

14.  Speaker, poster presentation, “Predation and the evolution of multicellular groups in algae” at the European Society of Evolutionary Biology conference (ESEB) in Lausanne, Switzerland, 2015

 

13.  Speaker, oral presentation, Selected among 77 applicants for 28 places to participate in the Guarda International workshop in evolutionary biology, Switzerland, 2015

 

12.  Speaker, oral presentation, “To clump, or not to clump? The effect of predation on algae”, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, 2014

 

11.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Colony formation in unicellular green algae upon predation pressure”, Tubney House, Abingdon Road, WildCRU, Zoology, The Recanati-Kaplan Centre, University of Oxford, 2014

 

10.  Speaker, oral presentation, “The evolution of genome architecture”, Undergraduate “Molecular Evolution” course, Department of Biology, University of Crete, 2013

 

9.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Chk1 is required for Spindle Checkpoint Function”, Undergraduate “Cancer” course, Department of Biology, University of Crete, 2012

 

8.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Combinatorial antibiotic-Quorum Sensing Inhibitor treatments against persistent Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection”, Undergraduate thesis presentation, Department of Biology, University of Crete,  2012

 

7.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Protein folding and the molten globule state”, Undergraduate “Protein mechanics” course, Department of Biology, University of Crete, 2012

 

6. Speaker, oral presentation, “Neurobiological mechanisms underlying GnRH pulse generation by the hypothalamus”, Undergraduate “Neurobiology” course, Department of Biology, University of Crete, 2012

 

5.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Unravelling the mystery of biological time (Circadian Rhythms)”, Undergraduate “English” course, Department of Biology, University of Crete, 2011

 

4.  Speaker, oral presentation, “CO and death in the gas chambers during World War II”, Undergraduate “English” course, Department of Biology, University of Crete, 2010

 

3.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Correlation of Organic Matter and Altitude amongst several plant species in Crete”, Undergraduate “Ecology” course, Department of Biology, University of Crete, 2010

 

2.  Speaker, oral presentation, “DNA Methylation and Memory”, Undergraduate “English” course, Department of Biology, University of Crete, 2010


1.  Speaker, oral presentation, “Underwater Survival Time of the Diplopoda families Callipodidae, Julidae, Polydesmidae”, Undergraduate “Zoology” course, Department of Biology, University of Crete, 2009

Honors / Awards: 

56. My science artwork was selected at the ASU Employee Health Art Contest, to be displayed  at the ASU Health Medical Office from 2nd November 2021 to 30th November 2022.

 

55.  Honorary Award from the Rotary Society “El Greco”, for overall service to the sciences and the musical arts, Heraklion, Crete, 2021.

 

54. Knowledge Mobilization Award Finalist (top 3 among 116 applicants) (2021) Postdoctoral scholar: Research in progress. Applicants across 28 academic units and 70 different research programmes, Arizona State University https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gTIsH_mhqlI 

 

53.  Finalist for “The Science Breakthrough of the Year” - Life Sciences Category, World Science Summit 2020, Falling Walls and Berlin Science Week, for the project on cancer across the tree of life (in the final 53 from over 900 nominations across 111 countries)

 

52.  Poster Award, for my presentation Is chimerism associated with cancer across the tree of life?, at the National Cancer Institute 2020 Junior Investigator Meeting for the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC), Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON), and Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP)…...cash prize $100

 

51.  Knowledge Mobilization Award Finalist (top 3 among 144 applicants), (2020) Postdoctoral scholar: Research in progress. Applicants across 14 different colleges and 60 different research programmes, Arizona State University

 

50.  Emerging Artist Scholarship (2020) to exhibit my artwork at the Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance

 

49.  STEM champion (2019) Schools Curiosity Box, Oxford https://stemday.co.uk/champions/stefania-kapsetaki/?fbclid=IwAR1cBGQY-2nwnf1o7Jvg9EYLZb9StDIlePUyCbecgYPkcwtfEygBnoUH88k   

 

48.  Special Mention Award (2019) International “SIU Art in Science Competition - Do you see what I see?”, (top 11 among 75 applicants), Oxford

 

47.  Honorary Certificate (2019) 1st  National Poetry Competition “Kefalos”, Greece

 

46.  Alexander S. Onassis Scholarship (2015-19) for PhD studies in Zoology at Oxford…...£41,900

 

45.  Leventis Foundation Scholarship (2015-18) for PhD studies in Zoology at Oxford…...£16,500

 

44. Honorary Participation Certificate (2018), National Poetry Competition “Dimophelia”, Greece

 

43.  Travel Bursary (2018) from the course organizing committee to present my research at the Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer course, Cambridge UK…...£220

 

42.  New College Student Support Fund (2018), Oxford…...£800

 

41.  New College Travel Grant (2018), Oxford, to present my research at the Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer course, Cambridge UK…...£100-500

 

40.  1st prize in the Stratford Music Competition (2018), “Romantic Class” Piano Solo, London

 

39.  Distinction in Performance (2017), International Piano Competition “Around the Globe”, London

 

38.  Qualification (out of 400 participants) (2017) to the final round of the International Poetry Competition in Delfi, Greece

 

37.  New College Travel Grant (2017), Oxford, to present my research the ESEB International Conference in Groningen…...£500

 

36.  Honorary Diploma, eMuse International Music Competition (2017), Piano Category E

 

35.  3rd prize, Women’s Cuppers Table Tennis Intercollegiate Championship (2017), University of Oxford, UK

 

34.  Cuppers Champion 2015-16, (position: midfield/attack), New College Women’s Football Team, Oxford 2015-17

 

33.  New College Sporting and Cultural Development Award, University of Oxford 2017, (twice)

 

32.  New College Sporting and Cultural Development Award, University of Oxford, 2016, (3 times)

 

31.  New College Sporting and Cultural Development Award, University of Oxford, 2015, (3 times)

 

30.  New College Travel Grant (2016), to present a poster at the Royal Society Event “Into the world of Algal Genomics”, Buckinghamshire…...£100-500

 

29.  New College Travel Grant (2015), Oxford, to present my research at the ESEB International Conference in Lausanne & Guarda International workshop in evolutionary biology, Switzerland…...£500

 

28.  Runner-up for Best Student Poster (2015), Department of Zoology, Graduate Induction Day, University of Oxford

 

27.  Bodossaki Foundation Scholarship (2015) for PhD studies in Zoology at Oxford…...13,725€

 

26.  Runner-up for Best Student Talk (2014), Department of Zoology, Graduate Induction Day, University of Oxford

 

25.  Born Free Foundation Fundraising Certificate (having collected money towards this foundation from our piano recital at St Michaels Church, Oxford) (2014)

 

24.  University of Oxford Studentship for PhD studies in Oncology (2014) at Oxford (declined due to PhD offer in Zoology)

 

23.  Hellenic State Scholarship Foundation – ESPA (2013-15), in 8th place among 98 applicants, for MSc studies in Zoology at the University of Oxford…...35,180€

 

22.  Bodossaki Foundation Scholarship (2013), for MSc studies in Zoology at Oxford…...9,150€

 

21.  Lilian Voudouri Foundation Scholarship (2013), for MSc studies in Zoology at Oxford (chosen amongst 120 undergraduate applicants with a BSc degree above 8.5/10)  (declined due to Hellenic State Scholarship Foundation -ESPA & Bodossaki scholarships)…...18,000€                        

 

20.  1st prize-piano solo & Gold Medal (2013), 1st National Piano Competition Larissa, Greece…...1,000€

 

19. Hellenic State Foundation Excellence Scholarship and “Best academic performance” (2012-13), Department of Biology, University of Crete (1st in the academic year-highest grade amongst peers)…...1,800€

 

18.  Hellenic State Foundation Excellence Scholarship and “Best academic performance” (2011-12), University of Crete (1st in the academic year-highest grade amongst peers)…...1,800€

 

17.  Hellenic State Foundation Excellence Scholarship and “Best academic performance” (2010-11), Department of Biology, University of Crete (1st in the academic year-highest grade amongst peers)…...1,800€

 

16. Hellenic State Foundation Excellence Scholarship and “Best academic performance” (2009-10), Department of Biology, University of Crete (1st in the academic year-highest grade amongst peers)…...1,800€

 

15.  Awarded a place in Prof. Dimitris Kardassis laboratory, IMBB-FORTH, Crete, (2012), for a month for lab experience (declined to due other University commitments)

 

14.  Awarded a place in a laboratory at Boston University for a month in 2012 for lab experience (declined to due other University commitments and financial difficulties)

 

13.  Citizen of honour award (2012) from the Municipality of Hersonissos

 

12.  1st prize in 'Young Greek Soloists of the Year' Competition of the Athens Symphony Orchestra (2011)

 

11.  Academic excellence Scholarship from the American College of Greece (2009) (declined due to offer from the University to Crete)

 

10.  Eleni Schilizzi Foundation Scholarship (2009) for BSc studies at King’s College London/Royal Academy of Music, London (declined due to offer from the University to Crete)…...£10,000

 

9.  1st Prize-Gold Medal (2009), Sports Interschool Women’s Table Tennis Championship, Greece

 

8.  8-year Full Scholarship covering tuition fees for classical piano and music theory studies (1999-2008), Minoan Conservatory of Music

 

7.  3rd Prize-Bronze Medal (2008), Heraklion Youth Centre Men’s and Women’s Table Tennis, Championship, Greece

 

6.  3rd Prize-Bronze Medal (2007), Sports Interschool Women’s Table Tennis Championship, Greece

 

5.  1st prize piano solo (2004), National Interschool Music Competition

 

4.  5th prize four-hands (2004), 10th International Piano Competition Konzerteum, Athens

 

3.  Successive annual excellence awards (2003-09) for highest grades throughout the Music High School and Lyceum of Heraklion

 

2.  3rd prize four-hands (2001), 7th International Piano Competition Konzerteum, Athens


1.  Public Junior School (1997-2003), 1st amongst peers in all academic years

Professional Associations: 

12.  Member of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE), 2021-22

 

11. Selected member of the Oxford Climate Society Translations Team, involved in translating English climate sciences articles to Greek, thus spreading the importance of climate science to millions of Greek speakers around the world, 2021

 

10. Member of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (ISEMPH), 2021

 

9.  Member of Zooniverse (the world’s largest platform for people-powered research), volunteering in the identification of galaxies, 2021

 

8.  Member of NPR Scicommers, 2020-21

 

7.  Member of the Arizona Cancer & Evolution Center (ACE) Outreach team, organising and participating in outreach events in museums, 2019-21

 

6.  Member of ISEEC, International Society for Evolution, Ecology and Cancer, 2019

 

5.  Member of the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), 2016

 

4.  Member of the Pancretan Children’s Cancer Association -“Iliahtida” (including a voluntary performance in the Heraklion Music Festival), 2012

 

3.  Member of the Cretan Animal Protection Welfare Association “Zoophili Drasi”

 

2.  Member of the Environmental Protection group of the Municipality of Hersonissos      


1.  Member of the Heraklion Arts Council Theatre group

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

8.  Co-supervisor of 2 undergraduate students at Arizona State University: Nadia and Eva in a population genetics project (June 2021-Present) 

 

7.  Co-supervisor of an undergraduate student at Arizona State University: Nilo in a population genetics project (September 2021-October 1st 2021) 

 

6.  Co-supervisor of an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, Tarini: working on the homozygosity project (6 months) (2021)

 

5.  Co-supervisor of 2 undergraduate students at Arizona State University: Morgan and Syed, homozygosity project (6 months) (2021)

 

4.  Co-supervisor of 3 undergraduate students at Arizona State University (on chimerism) (2 weeks) (Zaid Nour, Skye Riggs-Davis, & Dylan Stephenson), 2020

 

3.  Associate Supervisor of 2nd year undergraduate student of the University of Oxford (in social evolution) (8 months) (Alexander Tep) Project title: How do groups of algae form? 

Alex was awarded a 1st for this project at his Oxford Exams, 2016

 

2.  Associate Supervisor of 2nd year undergraduate student of the University of Oxford (Bethaney Wilberforce) (3 months). Project title: Predation and colony formation in algae, 2015


1.  Associate Supervisor of 2nd year undergraduate student of Oxford (in social evolution) (Hannah Zainuddin) (3 months), 2014

Service: 

Institutional service

Arizona State University

 

  • Interviewer for the “C-word podcast”, talking with cancer biologists about the perception of cancer across cultures and lifestyle, among European countries and beyond, pollution, smoking, and cancer, 2021

  • Volunteer at the Arizona State University Open Doors event, explaining cancer and social evolution across species to the general public, 2020

 

University of Oxford

 

  • Contributed in creating an outreach game – Symbiosis Card game for Biology undergraduates, funded by ESEB, 2018

  • Selected to participate as a presenter in a video created by the University of Oxford for the International Day for Girls & Women in Science, 2018

  • Responsible for organizing the weekly Theoretical and Experimental Evolutionary Biology (TEEB) lab meetings, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, 2015-18

  • Founder of the idea & Co-organiser of the first online student journal of the Department of Zoology, Oxford, 2017-18

  • Co-supervised the start-up of the new journal of the Oxford Climate Society (OUS) (transferred management, sponsorship, and organisational skills to the upcoming editors-in-chief), 2017

Professional service

  • Invited Research Track Judge at the Terris Challenge, https://www.terrischallenge.info/competition.html, a 2-week long international STEM challenge, assessing the projects and pitches of over 250 international students from 15+ countries, aged 13-18, and deciding the winners in the winning categories. 2021

  • Reviewer for 7 international academic journals: The Open Ecology Journal, Limnology & Oceanography, International Journal of Ecology and Ecosolution, Journal of Fisheries Science, Springer Nature Hydrobiologia, Evolutionary Applications, American Journal of Human Biology, 2017-21

  • Editor-in-Chief, Section Editor, Science & Society Editor, Page Editor and interviewer of the Journal Phenotype (The Science Journal of Oxford University Society for Biochemistry) http://www.phenotype.org.uk, 2014-18

  • Contributed in other publications

I contributed to the projects below (as mentioned in the acknowledgements sections) by reviewing/commenting during or in the final versions of these manuscripts before publication.

The Symphony of Joy. Kedros editions. By Yovanna Fassou Kalpaxi. 2020. (in Greek)

 

Fisher, R.M., Shik, J.Z. and Boomsma, J.J. The evolution of multicellular complexity: the role of relatedness and environmental constraints. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1931), 2020, p.20192963.

 

Aktipis, A.. The Cheating Cell: How Evolution Helps Us Understand and Treat Cancer. 2020. Princeton University Press.

 

Fisher, R.M., Regenberg, B.. Multicellular group formation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286(1910), 2019, p.20191098.

 

Cooper, G.A., West, S.A.,, Defensive Group Formation and the Evolution of Multicellularity. Division of labour and the evolution of complex social groups (PhD dissertation, 2018, University of Oxford)

 

Fisher, R.M., Bell, T. and West, S.A.. Multicellular group formation in response to predators in the alga Chlorella vulgaris. Journal of evolutionary biology, 29(3), 2016, pp.551-559.

 

Biernaskie, Jay M., and Stuart A. West. "Cooperation, clumping and the evolution of multicellularity." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282, 2015, no. 1813: 20151075.

 

West, S.A., Fisher, R.M., Gardner, A. and Kiers, E.T.. Major evolutionary transitions in individuality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(33), 2015, pp.10112-10119.

 

Fisher, R.. The major transitions in evolution (PhD dissertation, 2015 University of Oxford). 

Community service

  • Co-founder of the Aegean Arts & Science International Festival (http://aegeanartsfestival.wixsite.com/aafa), 2014-2018

  • Curiosity Box, Scientific article of my research for children http://zoo-web02.zoo.ox.ac.uk/group/west/PDF-media/CuriosityBox_2018.pdf, 2018

  • Noticed & tracked on camera several events of sewage entering river Thames near my College, informed Oxford’s Climate Society and the University’s Environmental Sustainability Estates Services, that further investigated this and realised it was a major incident, 2017

  • Invited as Principal organiser representing the University of Oxford, displaying the major evolutionary transitions & social evolution through interactive games and experiments with algae, Cheltenham Science Festival, 2017 & 2018

Successfully presented the Evolutionary Transition to Multicellularity and prepared clumps of algae and predators in an “Outreach Science Event” which I helped organize with Prof Ashleigh Griffin at Cherwell High School, Oxford, 2017