The laboratory consists of one Faculty member, one Registrar member and two Auxiliary Registrar members of National Health System. In addition, the lab has two technical necromancers and one sample preparer, collaborators and students.
Elena F. Kranioti, Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine, head of department
Elena is a graduate and PhD student of the Medical School of the University of Crete and she obtained the Specialty of Forensic Medicine in the Forensic Unit of the University of Crete in 2007. She has been involved in a European Union program with a Marie Curie fellowship (European Virtual Anthropology Network, MRTN-CT-2005-019564) with a 2.5-year tenure at the Spanish National Research Center (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas) in Madrid. From 2010 till 2019 she was a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, in the field of Forensic-Anthropology teaching in two postgraduate programs (Forensic Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology). Since 2019, she is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Crete and Scientific Supervisor of the Forensic Unit. Elena has successfully supervised 84 postgraduate theses (main supervisor in 79), two Masters of Research (MScR), and 12 doctoral degrees (main supervisor in 9) of which 7 have been successfully completed. She is the author of more than 70 English-language publications on Forensic Medicine, Bone Histology and Biology in international journals. She is the founding member of the Hellenic Society of Medical Forensics and Forensic Sciences, one of the representatives of Greece at the International Academy of Forensic Medicine and member of the board of directors of the Forensic Anthropology Society Europe
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Aikaterini Kanaki, Registrar of National Health System in Forensic Medicine
Katerina was the first Forensic specialist of the University of Crete and she received the title of Forensic Specialist in 2003. She completed her PhD thesis in violent deaths at the Medical School of Iasi in 2007. She has been post-educated at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, in Glasgow, Scotland and in Iasi, Romania. She has worked as a forensic scientist at Alexandroupolis University Hospital and since 2011 she has been working at Heraklion University Hospital in Crete. Since 2004, she has been involved in violent deaths and specialized in histological examination of necrotic material. She has published dozens of scientific articles in international scientific journals, participated in medical forensics journals and has been conducting workshops and lectures to medical students on Medical forensics since 2003. She has also participated in numerous postgraduate programs as a lecturer at the University of Crete, in National emergency center etc. Katerina is a member of the Hellenic Society of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences and other International Companies.
Despina Nathena, Auxiliary Registrar of Forensic Medicine
Despina acquired the title of Forensic Specialist at Heraklion University Hospital in 2010. She completed her PhD in the Medical School of the University of Crete with a specialty in Forensic Anthropology. She has 7 years of experience and expertise in histological examination of necrotic material. She has been trained in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has published scientific articles in international scientific journals (h-index = 6 / Googlescholar) and, since 2011, she has been conducting workshops and lectures for the students of Forensic Medicine of Medical School at the University of Crete. Despina is a founding member of the Hellenic Society of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences, as well as one of the representatives of Greece in European Council of Legal Medicine (ECLM).
Andreas Kontogiannis, Auxiliary Registrar of Forensic Medicine
Andreas obtained the title of Forensic Specialist at Heraklion University Hospital in 2013. Since 2013, he has been conducting workshops for the students of Forensic Medicine of Medical School the University of Crete. Andreas has many years of experience in investigating the death and management of migrant crises within the framework of KEELPNO programs. He has been trained in the Forensic unit of the University of Crete, specialized in forensic histopathology and, since 2009, he has been actively involved in the research activities of the unit. He has served in the North Aegean Medical Forensic Service based in Mytilene in 2016 and he has participated in conferences of the Balkan Forensic Society (BAFS) and is a member of the Hellenic Society of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences.
Efstratios Kougios, Technical Necromancer
Stratos has been working at Heraklion University Hospital in Forensic Unit since its establishment in 1992. He was trained by Professor of Forensics, Mr. Manolis Michalodimitrakis in a variety of necromancy, embodiment techniques and specialized photography, which he developed, over the years, and perfected himself to be one of a kind today. Stratos has been providing technical support to the Forensic Service of Crete since 2004 and he has been involved in funerals and exhumations in mainland Greece. Moreover, he is actively involved in the training of trainees and students and in research activities of the Forensic Medicine Unit.
Antonios Katsounas, Technical Necromancer
Antonis has been working at Heraklion University Hospital since 1992 and at the Forensic Unit since 1994. He has been trained by Professor of Forensics, Mr. Manolis Michalodimitrakis on necrotizing techniques, biological material sampling and embodiment techniques and, since then, he has provided technical support to a large number of laboratory’s forensic cases. He is, also, actively involved in the training of trainees and students and in research activities of the Forensic Medicine Unit. In addition, his contribution to the creation of the Osteological Collection of the Laboratory in 2005, which is over 200 skeletons, was extremely important.
Anastasia Apostolaki, Sample Preparer
Tasia is a graduate of the School of Medical Laboratories and works as a sample preparer at Heraklion University Hospital since 1990. She has over thirty years of total experience in the preparation of histopathological material in the Laboratory of Pathology and since 2007, she has been exclusively involved in the preparation of necrotic material and the creation of tissue plates of various organs for their microscopic analysis.
Anna is a graduate of the Law School of the University of Athens, having four postgraduate diplomas and a doctorate from the University of Crete. She has been a Scientific Associate of the Department of Forensic Medicine of the Medical School of the University of Crete since 2000 and one of the lecturers of the undergraduate course in Forensic Medicine-Ethics. Since 2005 she has been a Research Associate of the Medical Department of the University of Thessaly in the fields of Bioethics, Medical Law and Nursing Ethics and she has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students of numerous University programs. Among others, Anna is the author of 45 English-language publications, 4 books and numerous educational textbooks on Medical Responsibility and Bioethics.
Konstantina Tsiminikaki, Biologist
Konstantina is a graduate of the Department of Biology at the University of Crete and holds her Master Degree at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) in Crete, as a Fellow. In 2016, he moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, by Erasmus+ program, where she involved in Forensic Anthropology in the area of 3D imaging and compact bone histology. In addition, she conducted a 2-year research on cellular aging in relation to the determination of a person's biological age at the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory of the University of Crete in the Department of Medicine, where she was trained in techniques related to the field. As part of her postgraduate program Konstantina is conducting a specialized analysis of ancient human material. As a Biologist, she is specialized in a variety of molecular techniques, such as DNA analysis, biochemical techniques and proteomics analysis. In addition, she already has 5 English-language publications and 1 book chapter publication and she has participated in several international conferences with oral presentations and posters.
Georgia G. Alexi, Biologist
Georgia is a graduate of the Department of Biology of the University of Crete and a postgraduate student in the program "Environmental Biology" of the same University. She completed her dissertation at the Arthropods Laboratory of Natural History Museum of Crete on necrophagous beetle communities, with particular interest in the field of Forensic Entomology. In 2017, as part of the Erasmus program, she visited the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland, where, in collaboration with Forensic Professor Lorna Dawson and Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine Elena Kranioti, she got involved in Soil Forensics. She has attended various conferences, seminars and lectures on Forensic Sciences and has been actively involved in the Forensic Unit by developing protocols for the application of Forensic Entomology.
Virginia Deligianni, PhD Candidate of Forensic Anthropology
Graduate of the Department of Enviromental Engineering of Western Macedonia – Kozani, graduated of Attica College, Department of Physiotherapy, H.N.D. Cambridge Region College U.K. A graduated of ASPAITE, Pedagogical Training School, Athens, specializing in the teaching of “energy” in the seven stages of the discovery, utilizing the computational thinking (STEM-USA). Virginia, received Master’s Degree from the Department of Geology of the University of Patras. Diploma Thesis: “Paleopathological Study “Human Skeletal Material of Ancient Populations from Burials of the Northern Cemetery of Lefkada”