Dr. Theodora Karamanidou

Personal Information

First Name
Theodora (Dora)
Family Name
Date of Birth
(+30) 6932521987
Work Experience
09/2016 - Present

PLiN Nanotechnology S.A. (Start-up & Spin-off of AUTh), Thessaloniki, Greece

  • Oversee company’s financial performance and daily operations. 
  • Formulation development of nanoparticle-enhanced cosmetic products for pet care use. 
  • Plan cost-effective operations and supervise employees providing guidance. 
  • Participates in 3 NSRF (2014-2020) projects. For more information please visit my LinkedIn profile.
03/2019 - Present

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Current Position)
University of Western Macedonia (UoWM), Koila Kozani, Greece

  • Teaching both undergraduate (Non-Metallic Materials, Biomedical Engineering) and postgraduate courses (Pharmaceutical (Nano-) Technology & Cosmetology, Bio-printing at MSc Biomedical Engineering).
  • Supervising and instructing MSc students in biomedical engineering, cosmetics and drug delivery, while also exploring various innovating approaches.
11/2015 - 05/2016 (7 mos)

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Drug Delivery Systems (Oral & Ocular Administration)
Chemical Engineering B’ Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

  • Development of nanoparticulate drug delivery systems (e.g., lipid-based & polymer nanoparticles) for the oral and ocular administration of biomolecules and mathematical investigation of diffusion phenomena through biological membranes.
02/2011 - 11/2015 (4 yrs & 8 mos)

Research Engineer – Drug Delivery Systems (Oral & Ocular Administration)
Chemical Engineering B’ Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

  • Research in the framework of the FP7-NMP-280761 project: ALEXANDER - “Mucus Permeating Nanoparticulate Drug Delivery Systems”.
  • Instructed and supervised (3) master’s students in tissue engineering & drug delivery systems projects
07/2008 - 08/2008

IAESTE Intern Engineer
Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria

  • Research assistant in the framework of the project ''Gene Expression Analysis of Drought Stressed Oaks Using cDNA Microarray''
02/2011 - 11/2015

PhD in Nanomedicine/Drug Delivery (Grade: 10/10)
School of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dissertation: “Mucus Permeating Nanocarriers for Controlled Drug Delivery.” - Supervisor: Prof. C. Kiparissides.

2005 - 2010

Diploma (MSc equivalent) in Chemical Engineering (Grade: 8.24/10)
School of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thesis: “Development and characterization of 3D, porous PLGA scaffolds for bone and cartilage regeneration” - Supervisor: Professor C. Kiparissides. Grade: 10/10.

Skills & Expertise

Research Skills

  • Nanoparticle-based cosmetic products development (e.g. dental gels) for pet care applications (Nanosanitas™) with unique characteristics (e.g. mucoadhesive gels for prolonged action).
  • Intermediate knowledge of the European cosmetics regulation (Regulation (EC) N° 1223/2009), Art. 16 for nanomaterials) and Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 (BPR) for biocides.
  • Organic/biodegradable nanoparticulate systems (e.g. polymer-, lipid-based nanocarriers) for various applications (e.g. cosmetic-, pharmaceutical industry).
  • Inorganic nanoparticulate systems (e.g. silver-, copper-, gold NPs) synthesis and characterization. 
  • Nanocarriers characterization (e.g., DLS, LDE, ATR/FT-IR, etc.) and in vitro assessment of their diffusivity across biological membranes (e.g, via Transwell cells, etc.). 
  • Analytical techniques for protein/peptide content determination (e.g., HPLC, UV-Vis, BCA/microBCA, Bradford assay, etc.).
  • Tissue engineering constructs (e.g., scaffolds, hydrogels) development/characterization. 
  • Mammalian cell culture and cell viability assays (e.g., MTT).
  • Use of good aseptic techniques. 
  • Successfully applied for funding through research proposal/grant writing (e.g., NSRF).

Computer Skills

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). 
  • Statistical tools (e.g., Minitab).

Language Skills

  • Greek – Native Language
  • English – Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of Michigan
  • German – Goethe Zertifikat B2, Goethe Institut

Other Skills

  • Data Analysis
  • Problem Solving
  • Multitasking Ability
  • Time Management
  • Team Working
  • Communication Skills
Honours & Awards


Academic award for academic excellence from the School of Chemical Engineering of AUTh (in the entry year 2005 and in the graduation year 2010) and from the Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG) (2010).


Scholarship from the State of Scholarships Foundations (2005 and 2005-2006) and from the School of Chemical Engineering of AUTh (2005-2006).


Publications in peer-reviewed journals (6), posters and oral presentations in national and international conferences (>15). For more information, please visit my LinkedIn profile.

Additional Information
  • Car owner - category B driving license.
  • Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG) - Professional engineering license verification.
  • Member of Hellenic Society of Biomechanics (HSB).
  • Review Editor at Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.
  • For more information on publications, volunteer experience etc., please visit my LinkedIn profile.
  • References are available upon request.

Dora received her diploma in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2010, wherefrom 5 years later she successfully completed her PhD in the development of mucus-permeating nanoparticulate drug delivery systems for the delivery of biopharmaceuticals, which was performed in the context of the EU-funded project Alexander (FP7-NMP-280761) in collaboration with major pharmaceutical industries and other academic partners. During her PhD, she was occupied in the framework of a large-scale collaborative FP7 project, which allowed her to develop her excellent research and analytical skills. Upon completing her PhD, her entrepreneurial mindset has allowed her to land a job in a start-up company. Since 2016 she is working at PLiN Nanotechnology, a research-driven spin-off company founded in 2015. At present, she serves as the General Director and Head of R&D at PLiN Nanotechnology, while also is occupied as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Western Macedonia. Her primary and current research interests involve the development of functionalized nanostructured materials with applications in various industrial sectors (e.g., cosmetics, pharma). Her academic portfolio also includes reviewing activities as a Review Editor at Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.

Dora has also extensive experience with Projects funded under the National Strategic Reference Framework (Founding Source, Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece) and under the 7th European Framework Program for Research and Technological Development, engaging numerous projects as a PI and/or Coordinator.