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- June 15, 2020
Catherine Cook was awarded an honours degree in Biochemistry (BSc) from the University of London and a PhD from the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, Great Britain. She has held Post-doctoral research fellowships, in the USA (Michigan State University), Canada (York University) and Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) working on aspects of enzyme purification and kinetics particularly of the photosynthetic enzyme ribulose 1, 5- bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO), the characterization of photosynthetic inorganic carbon transport by algae and aspects of carbon uptake mechanisms and metabolism in photosynthetic organisms, the occurrence of cyanobacteria and cyanobacterial hepatotoxins in freshwaters and their toxicity and impacts on water quality, the use of chlorophyll fluorescence and photosynthesis as means of determining plant stress caused by biotic and abiotic parameters (heavy metals, grazing, drought), and aromatic plants and essential oils.
As of 2002-todate, she is a Research Scientist employed at the Hellenic Agricultural Organisation-Demeter, HAO-Demeter (formerly the National Agricultural Research Foundation, NAGREF), Greece with research field “Cultivation, Breeding and Technology of Aromatic and Pharmaceutical Plants”. She also participates in the management of the Greek Gene Bank and is a member of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) Allium (contact person), MAP, Umbellifer and On-farm Conservation and Management working groups.
She has participated in European and National research projects and has publications in peer-reviewed international journals in the areas of secondary metabolites and plant physiology (aromatic plants, essential oils, cyanobacterial toxins, photosynthesis and plant stress).