Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Dr Vasilios Andriotis

Lecturer in Metabolic Biochemistry



  • 2017 – Lecturer. Biology  - School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  • 2011 – Research Associate. Dept. of Metabolic Biology, and  Dept. of Biological Chemistry, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • 2008 – Post-doc. Centre for Novel Agricultural Products  - School of Biology, University of York, York, UK
  • 2005 – Post-doc. Dept. of Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • 2002 – Post-doc. The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK



  • Ph.D. School of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Reading, UK
  • M.Sc. Crop Physiology, Department of Agricultural Botany, University of Reading, UK
  • B.Sc. Plant Biology and Agriculture, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Newcastle Teaching Award

Roles  - responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Degree Programme Director, B.Sc./M.Biol. Biology
  • SNES Flexible Learning Group
  • Biology Health and Safety Committee
  • PARTNERS Academic Summer School - Biological Sciences strand (Co-ordinator; 2017/18)

Peer review

Journals: Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, New Phytologist, Biochemical Society Transactions, Molecular Plant Pathology, Planta, Gene Reports, BMC Plant Biology

Grants: BBSRC


International Association of Sexual Plant Reproduction Research (IASPRR)


Research focus

Our expertise is in plant primary metabolism, seed biology and biochemical genetics. We use molecular and chemical genetics, biochemistry and bioimaging to dissect the link between metabolism and growth in developing and in germinating seeds and seedlings.

We study three fundamental aspects of plant biology:

  • how carbohydrate availability coordinates with reproductive growth to regulate seed set, embryo morphogenesis and viability,
  • how environmental stress impacts on reproductive growth and what molecular processes underpin the responses to stress,  
  • what post-germination processes in the seedling control root growth and development for successful establishment of the new plant.

The lab is located at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences  - Devonshire Building. We are part of the Plant and Microbial Biology Research Group within the Biology cluster in SNES.

The lab is always happy to host Stage 3 and Stage 4 undergraduate, as well as taught post-graduate students for lab-based projects. We welcome informal enquiries about potential PhD projects related to our research from talented and enthusiastic researchers/students. Please contact Vasilios Andriotis with a CV and research interests to discuss opportunities to join the lab.


Current modules

BIO1023 – Cells and Biomolecules (Stage 1, Module Leader)

MST1204 – Academic and Professional Skills for the Biosciences (Stage 1)

BIO2035 – Plant Biology (Stage 2)

BIO3197 – Biological Literature Review (Stage 3)

BIO3199 – Biological Research Project (Stage 3)

BIO8096 – M.Sc. Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology (Dissertation)

BIO8196 – M.Biol. Research Project  

BIO8198 – M.Res. Research Dissertation Project (PGR)

Previous modules

BIO1010 – Biology in Action (Stage 1)

BIO1019 – Introductory Biochemistry for Biologists (Stage 1; Module Leader)

BIO2021 – Employability skills for Biologists (Stage 2)

BIO3198 – Biological Information Project (Stage 3)

BIO3048 – Current Research in Plant and Microbial Biology (Stage 3)

BIO3052 – Global challenges in plant science research (Stage 3)


  • NUSU TEA 2022 awards: Outstanding contribution to teaching  - SAGE (shortlisted); March 2022


  • NUSU TEA 2018 awards: Outstanding contribution to teaching  - SAGE (nominated); March 2018