Short Biografy

Department of Food Science & Nutrition, School of Environment, University of the Aegean, Myrina, Lemnos, Greece.

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I graduated with an MSc degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Camerino, Italy. I completed my Ph.D degree in Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases and a post graduate Specialization degree in Clinical Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy. I conducted postdoctoral research at the Department of Experimental Medicine and Surgery at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy. I am currently a Visiting Lecturer and I am conducting postdoctoral research at the Department of Food Science & Nutrition, School of Environment, at the University of the Aegean, Myrina, Lemnos, Greece.
My doctoral studies focused on investigating the antimicrobial resistance strains in clinical samples and nosocomial infection surveillance. I’ve acquired extensive experience in proteomics (MALDI-TOF MS), in molecular and biochemical techniques used in bacterial identification and antimicrobial resistance detection. During my doctoral studies, I gained teaching experience guiding Bachelor and Master students and as a co-supervisor of Scientific Theses. I have published five peer-reviewed papers in important international journals (h-index 3) and I work as a reviewer and as an editorial board member for several journals. I am a member of the Italian Society of Microbiology (SIM), of the National Italian board of Biologists (ONB) and of the Greek Society of Bioscientists (PEV).


Research interest:

My main research fields of interest regard innovative approaches in Clinical and Food Microbiology, such as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and natural plant extracts. I am interested in the development of alternative bioactive agents, fighting biofilms and antimicrobial resistance as well as the molecular and proteomic bio-typing of antimicrobial resistance strains.


  1. Chiara CIACCIO , Alessandra GAMBACURTA, Giampiero DE SANCTIS, Domenico SPAGNOLO, Christina SAKARIKOU, Giovanni PETRELLA and Massimo COLETTA. rhEPO (recombinant human eosinophil peroxidase): expression in Pichia Pastoris and biochemical Characterization. (2006); Biochem. J 395(2): 295-301, DOI:10.1042/BJ20051385
  2. Christina Sakarikou, Martina Parisato,  Giuliana Lo Cascio and Carla Fontana. Beacon-based (bbFISH®) technology for rapid pathogens identification in blood cultures. (2014); BMC Microb. 14:99 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-14-99
  3. R. Koncan,  M. Parisato,  C. Sakarikou,  G. Stringari,  C. Fontana,  V. Favuzzi,  M. Ligozzi,  G. Lo Cascio.
    Direct identification of major Gram-negative pathogens in respiratory specimens by respiFISH® HAP Gram (−) Panel, a beacon-based FISH methodology. (2015); Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 34(10), DOI 10.1007/s10096-015-2458-y
  4. Christina Sakarikou, Marco Ciotti, Camilla Dolfa, Silvia Angeletti, Cartesio Favalli. Rapid detection of carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae strains derived from blood cultures by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). (2017);
    BMC Microb. 17:54,DOI:10.1186/s12866-017-0952-3)
  5. Christina Sakarikou, Anna Altieri, Maria Cristina Bossa, Silvia Minelli, Camilla Dolfa, Micol Piperno, Cartesio Favalli. Rapid and cost-effective identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing in patients with Gram-negative bacteremia directly from blood culture fluid. (2018); J  Microbiol Meth 146 (2018) 7–12,