2019: PhD in Structural Biology and Protein Biomaterials (UoC, IMBB-FORTH - Greece)
2012: M.Sc. in Protein Biotechnology (UoC-Greece)
2009: Diploma Degree in Biology (UoC-Greece)
Oct 2019 – Now: Post-Doctoral Researcher at I.M.B.B.-F.O.R.TH, Greece
(Laboratory of Structural Biology)
Sep 2020 – Now: Autonomous teaching and exam organizing of the under-graduate courses
"Enzymatic Biotechnology" and “Protein Engineering” at the Dept. of
Biology of the Uni. of Crete
2014 – 2020: Experienced scientist position at I.M.B.B.-F.O.R.TH, Greece (InnovCrete project /FP7-Regpot program) and at University of Crete
Oct. 2010 –Jan. 2011: Laboratory Teaching Assistant of Microbiology Teaching Lab
at the Dept. of Biology, Uni. of Crete
*Kefala K., Kotsifaki D., Providaki M., Kapetaniou E., Rahme L. and Kokkinidis M. Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the C-terminal fragment of the MvfR protein of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. (2012). Acta. Cryst F, 68, 695-697
*Kefala A., Kotsifaki D., Providaki M., Amprazi M. and Kokkinidis M. Expression, purification and crystallization of a protein resulting from the inversion of the aminoacid sequence of a helical bundle. (2017). ). Acta. Cryst F, 73, 51-53
Dimovasili C., Fadouloglou V.E., Kefala A., Providaki M., Kotsifaki D, Sarrou I., Plaitakis A., Zaganas I. and Kokkinidis M. Crystal structure of glutamate dehydrogenase 2, a positively selected novel human enzyme involved in brain biology and cancer pathophysiology. Journal of Neurochemistry (accepted)
Being in a Structural Biology group since 2011, Dr. Kefala A. has studied deeply the protein folding problem, elucidating the relation between amino acid sequence and structural properties of α-helical bundles. The knowledge obtained was used for protein design leading to bio-derived materials for bio-medical applications and basic research through structural studies of protein folding through reverse sequences.
Notable achievements include:
The elucidation of the protein folding of mutants of the α-helical protein Rop that is used as a canonical paradigm of this structural motif.
Protein design of novel protein-based biomaterials with specific engineered properties.