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. Metabolic Biology/Biological Chemistry, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • 2008 – Post-doc. CNAP-School of Biology, University of York, York, UK
  • 2005 – Post-doc. Dept. Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • 2002 – Post-doc. The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK



  • 2002 – Ph.D. School of Plant Sciences, University of Reading, UK
  • 1998 – M.Sc. Crop Physiology, Department of Agricultural Botany, University of Reading, UK
  • 1997 – B.Sc. Agriculture and Plant Biology, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece



  • Lecturer in Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Biology Health and Safety Committee
  • SNES Flexible Learning Group
  • 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, particularly seed biology and biochemical genetics. We are using 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 two fundamental aspects of plant biology:

  • how carbohydrate availability coordinates with growth during embryogenesis to regulate seed set, embryo morphogenesis and viability,
  • 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 Group, within the Bioeconomy research focus area of the Biology cluster in SNES (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nes/our-research/biology/plant-microbial-biology/).

The lab is always happy to host Stage 3 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.


BIO1010 – Biology in Action (Stage 1)

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

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

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

BIO2021  Employability skills for Biologists (Stage 2)

BIO2035 – Plant Biology (Stage 2)

BIO3197 – Biological Literature Review (Stage 3)

BIO3198 – Biological Information Project (Stage 3)

BIO3199 – Biological Research Project (Stage 3)

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

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

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

BIO8188 – M.Res. Research Dissertation Project (PGR)