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Dr Sevasti Filippidou

Profile summary

Professional biography

I am a Microbial Ecologist by training. 

  • 2019-present: Post-doctoral Researcher at AstrobiologyOU (Microbial Survival and Adaptation in Saline Environments)
  • 2018-2019: Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Wallingford, UK) and at the German Aerospace Centre (Cologne, Germany) (Study of Unusual Spore-forming Bacteria in Extreme and Fluctuating Environments)
  • 2016-2017: Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universities of Neuchatel and Lausanne, Switzerland (Paleo-ecological indicators in lake sediments based on a multidisciplinary approach of endospore-forming Firmicutes and the chemical and isotopic composition of sediments and organic matter​)
  • 2011-2012: Swiss Confederation Excellence Fellowship at the University of Neuchatel (Diversity and distribution of spore-forming bacteria from geothermal sites in Greece). 


  • Molecular Biology and Genetics, DUTH, Greece (2003-2007)
  • MSc in Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics, Medical School, University of Patras, Greece (2009-2011)
  • PhD in Microbiology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland (2012-2016)

Research interests

Microbial Ecology of Extreme Environments

Adaptation and Survival Strategies

Spore-forming Bacteria

Teaching interests




Impact and engagement


Cryptosporulation in Kurthia spp. forces a rethinking of asporogenesis in Firmicutes (2022-08-16)
Fatton, Mathilda; Filippidou, Sevasti; Junier, Thomas; Cailleau, Guillaume; Berge, Matthieu; Poppleton, Daniel; Blum, Thorsten B.; Kaminek, Marek; Odriozola, Adolfo; Blom, Jochen; Johnson, Shannon L.; Abrahams, Jan Pieter; Chain, Patrick S.; Gribaldo, Simonetta; Tocheva, Elitza I.; Zuber, Benoît; Viollier, Patrick H. and Junier, Pilar
Environmental Microbiology ((Early Access))

Adaptive Strategies in a Poly-Extreme Environment: Differentiation of Vegetative Cells in Serratia ureilytica and Resistance to Extreme Conditions (2019-02-05)
Filippidou, Sevasti; Junier, Thomas; Wunderlin, Tina; Kooli, Wafa M.; Palmieri, Ilona; Al-Dourobi, Andrej; Molina, Veronica; Lienhard, Reto; Spangenberg, Jorge E.; Johnson, Shannon L.; Chain, Patrick S. G.; Dorador, Cristina and Junier, Pilar
Frontiers in Microbiology, 10

A Combination of Extreme Environmental Conditions Favor the Prevalence of Endospore-Forming Firmicutes (2016)
Filippidou, Sevasti; Wunderlin, Tina; Junier, Thomas; Jeanneret, Nicole; Dorador, Cristina; Molina, Veronica; Johnson, David R. and Junier, Pilar
Frontiers in Microbiology, 7