School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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

  • PARTNERS Assessed Summer School - Biological Sciences strand (Co-ordinator)


Peer review

Plant Physiology, New Phytologist, Biochemical Society Transactions, Molecular Plant Pathology, Planta, Gene Reports


International Association of Sexual Plant Reproduction Research (IASPRR)

Google Scholar page:


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, and
  • what post-germination processes in the seedling control root growth and development for successful establishment of the new plant.

We aim to develop an integrated view of seed development and seed germination to inform novel breeding strategies for improved seed quality and yield, essential for food security.

The lab is located at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences - Devonshire Building. We are part of the Plant and Microbial Sciences Research Group, within the Bioeconomy research focus area of the Biology cluster of the School (

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 (Semesters 1 and 2, Stage 1)

BIO1019 - Introductory Biochemistry for Biologists (Semesters 1 and 2; Stage 1; Module Leader)

BIO1023 - Cells and Biomolecules (Semester 1; Stage 1, Module Leader)

BIO2021 - Employability skills for Biologists (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)

BIO8096 - M.Sc. Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology (Thesis)

MST1204 - Academic and Professional Skills for the Biosciences (Semesters 1 and 2, Stage 1)

March 2018: nominated for NUSU TEA2018 award in the "Outstanding contribution to teaching (SAgE)" category.