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Thomae Kakouli-Duarte


Dr Thomae Kakouli-Duarte
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Lecturer in Environmental Biotechnological Sciences, Department of Science & Health, IT Carlow
Main duties: 
Teaching: Molecular Genetics, Immunology,. Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology
Research: Leads the Molecular Ecology and Nematode Research Group
Course Director of the BSc in Industrial Biology with Bioin
Thomae graduated in 1991 from the Technological Education Institute of Western Macedonia Florina, Greecewith with a B.Sc. in Crop Production.  She qualified in 1991 from the University of Reading, UK with a M.Sc. in the Technology of Crop Protection.  In 1995 Thomae was awarded her Ph.D.
with Dr Nigel Hague at the Department of Agriculture, University of Reading, U.K. Thesis title: Biological control of the black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) with entomopathogenic nematodes (Nematoda: Rhabditida).
Research Experience
Research assistant with the CPRG, University of Reading, UK, working on yam anthracnose Choletotrichum gleosporioides (1992-1993)
Postdoctoral scientist in molecular genetics of entomopathogenic nematodes at the Nematode Genetics Laboratory, Institute of Bioengineering and Agroecology, Department of Biology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (1995-1996)
Part time tutor at the Department of Experimental Physics, NUIM. Project supervision in the Higher Diploma in Applied Physics. Project title: Chaos in biological systems (1998-1999)
Part time lecturer in population genetics at the Department of Biology, NUIM (1998-1999)
Postdoctoral research fellow working on the development of standardised molecular techniques for the identification of insect quarantine pests, at the Nematode Genetics Laboratory, Institute of Bioengineering and Agroecology, Department of Biology, NUIM (1997-2000)
Lecturer in Environmental Biotechnological Sciences at the Department of Science & Health, Institute of Technology Carlow (2000 – present)
To view Thomae Kakouli-Duarte's list of Publications clickhere>>
- Association of Applied Biologists (A.A.B.) 
- Royal Entomological Society 
- European Society of Nematologists 
- The Society of Nematologists 
- Member of the Steering Committee of BioNet
Research Interests
- The use of EPN as biological control agents against insect pests in integrated pest management (IPM) systems 
- Genetic structure of entomopathogenic nematode (EPN) populations 
- Population and evolutionary genetics 
- Biodetection using DNA arrays for soil nematode community characterisation 
- Nematode ecotoxicology/bioindication 
- Molecular diagnostics of quarantine pests 
- Risk assessment of GM crops
Current Research Projects
- Development of the entomopathogemic nematode Steinernema feltiae as a bioindicator of CrVI pollution in Irish soils.
- An investigation into the genetic variation of the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema feltiae 
A collaborative project with the Institute of Bioengineering and Agroecology, NUI Maynooth. 
- Development of a DNA array for soil nematode community characterisation 
- Quantifying the risk associated with the creation and cultivation of a disease resistance GM clover population in Ireland 
A collaborative project with the Plant Biotechnology Unit, Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow.
Research Team
Thomae Kakouli-Duarte, Research team leader
Stephen Boyle, postdoctoral fellow
William OConnor, postgraduate student
Lucy Courtney, postgraduate student 
Internal Collaborators
Dr David Dowling Dr Dina Brazil 
Dr David Ryan Dr Linda Jennings 
Ms Elaine Keogh   
External Collaborators
Prof. Martin Downes Institute of Bioengineering and Agroecology, Department of Biology, NUIM  
Dr Alec Rolston, Institute of Bioengineering and Agroecology, Department of Biology, NUIM  
Dr Ewen Mullins, Teagasc, Oakpark, Carlow 
Dr Sue Turner, Department of Applied Plant Science,
Agriculture and Food Science Centre, The Queens University of Belfast