Assistant Professor

2009, University of Crete

Scientific interest: 
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Full CV

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Professor Panagiotis Sarris received his BSc in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine from the State University of "St. Kliment Ohridski" in Sofia (1999). His 1st MSc was awarded from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in the field of "Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology" (2000). His 2nd MSc and his PhD were awarded from the Department of Biology at University of Crete (2004-2009). During his PhD thesis he analyzed the roles of bacterial secretory systems during host colonization in the field of Molecular Pathogen-Host Interactions.


Starting from 2011 until late 2015 he was a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia (Department: The Sainsbury Laboratory - TSL). In 2015 he was elected as Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Plant Immunity, at the University of Exeter, (School of Biosciences), where he remains until today as Honorary Professor. In September 2017 he was elected as Principal Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) of Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), where he serves as an Affiliated Professor.

Scientific interests

Molecular Microbiology; Molecular Pathogen-Host Interactions; Microbiomes analysis; Molecular Immunology of plant organisms; Molecular bacteriology; Plants and microbes genomic sequencing annotation and analysis.

Recent publications

  • Williams SJ, Sohn KH, Wan L, Bernoux M, Sarris PF, Segonzac C, Ve T, Ma Y, Saucet SB, Ericsson DJ, Casey LW, Lonhienne T, Winzor DJ, Zhang X, Coerdt A, Parker JE, Dodds PN, Kobe B, Jones JDG. (2014). Structural Basis for Assembly and Function of a Heterodimeric Plant Immune Receptor. Science, Vol. 344(6181) pp: 299-303.
  • Sarris PF*, Duxbury Z, Huh SU, Ma Y, Segonzac C, Sklenar J, Derbyshire P, Cevik V, Rallapalli G, Saucet SB, Wirthmueller L, Menke FLH, Sohn KH and Jones JDG*. (2015). A plant immune receptor detects pathogen effectors that target WRKY transcription factors. Cell, 161, pp: 1089–1100. *Co-corresponding Authors.
  • Sarris PF, Cevik V, Dagdas G, Jones JDG, Krasileva KV. (2016). Comparative analysis of plant immune receptor architectures uncovers host proteins likely targeted by pathogens. BMC Biology 19;14:8.
  • Huh SU, Cevik V, Ding P, Duxbury D, Ma Y, Tomlinson L, Sarris PF* and Jones JDG* (2017). Protein-Protein Interactions in the RPS4/RRS1 Immune Receptor Complex. PLoS Pathogens, 13(5): e1006376. *Co-Corresponding Author.
  • Ma Y, Guo H, Hu L, Pons Martinez P, Moschou PN, Cevik V, Ding P, Duxbury Z, Sarris PF, Jones JDG. (2018). Distinct modes of derepression of an Arabidopsis immune receptor complex by two different bacterial effectors. PNAS, 115, pp: 10218-27.
  • Mermiga G, Sarris PF*. (2019). The Rice of plant Resistosomes. Invited Review, Trends in Immunology, Vol 40(8), pp: 670-673. *Corresponding Author.
  • Mermigka G, Amprazi M, Mentzelopoulou A, Amartolou A, Sarris PF*. (2020). Plant and Animal Innate Immunity Complexes: Fighting Different Enemies with Similar Weapons. Trends Plant Science. 25(1), pp: 80-91. *Corresponding Author.