Biomedical Research Foundation Academy Of AthensAcademy Of Athens
Scientific Personnel

Nikolaos G. Nikolaos G. Kostomitsopoulos, DVM, PhD
Staff Research Scientist A'

Telephone : +30 210 6597 023
Fax : +30 210 6597 365
e-mail :

Center :

Clinical, Experimental Surgery & Translational Research

Lab Site :

Kostomitsopoulos Lab

Core Facility Site :

Laboratory Animal Facility

Brief Bio

Dr N. Kostomitsopoulos graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1985. He obtained his Ph.D on Laboratory Animal Science from the Medical School of the University of Athens (1992-1996). During 1996 he attended a four months training program on Laboratory Animal Management and Medicine in Veterinary Resources Program (VRP) of National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, United States of America. He served as National expert of the Greek Ministry of Agriculture on Laboratory Animal Welfare issues in the Council of Europe and in the European Union (1991-1994). He worked, as a post-doctoral associate researcher, in the Laboratory for Experimental Surgery and Surgical Research of the Medical School of the University of Athens (1996-1999) with main interests on management, anesthesia, analgesia and post-operative care of the animals. Since 1996, he contributed as technical consultant to the design and the construction of the Animal Facilities of the Center for Experimental Surgery of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens. Since 2002 his is working in the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, Greece as head of the laboratory animal facilities. His scientific interests are focusing on the proper care and use of laboratory animals, the ethical evaluation of research protocols and the planning, the design and the management of laboratory animal facilities. He is President of the Balkan and Black Sea Veterinary Association, Vice President for International Liaisons in the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA), Governing Board member of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) and ad hoc expert of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC Int) and member of the Board of Trustees.

Dr Kostomitospoulos has been co-author in over 50 peer reviewed articles in International and Greek scientific journals and 1 book chapter.

Selected Publications

Polissidis A, Zenelak S, Nikita M, Alexakos P, Stasinopoulou M, Kakazanis ZI, Kostomitsopoulos N. Assessing the exploratory and anxiety-related behaviors of mice. Do different caging systems affect the outcome of behavioral tests? Phys Beh 2017; doi 10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.04.009

Kostomitsopoulos N, Alexakos P, Konsolaki E, Doulou A, Paschidis K, Baumans V. The effect of different types of individually ventilated caging systems on growing male mice. Lab Animal (NY) 2012;41(7):192-197

Kostomitsopoulos N, Dontas IA, Alexakos P, Lelovas P, Galanos A, Paronis E, Balafas E, Paschidis K, Kostakis A. Growing Male Rats in Individually Ventilated Cages and Open Top Cages. JAALAS 2011;50(6):879-883

Katsarou A. Tsironi A, Serafetinidou M, Voyazaki C, Baumans V, Kostomitsopoulos N. Age-related behaviour on individually caged rabbits. J Hellenic Vet Med Soc 2011;62(1):21-28

Kadoglou N, Kostomitsopoulos N, Kapelouzou A, Moustardas P, Katsimpoulas M, Giagini A, Dede E, Boudoulas H, Kostantinides S, Karayannacos P, Liapis C. Effects of exercise training on the severity and composition of atherosclerotic plaque in apoE-deficient mice. J Vascular Research 2011;48(4):347-356

Loukaki K, Koukoutsakis P, Kostomitsopoulos N. Animal Welfare issues of rabbits in an animal assisted therapy program for children. JHVMS 2010;61(3):220-225

Kostomitsopoulos N, Durasevic S. The ethical justification for the use of animals in biomedical research. Arch Biol Sci Belgrade 2010;62(3):781-787

Kostomitsopoulos N, van Loo P, Paronis E, Alexakos P, Balafas E, Baumans V. The influence of the location of a nest box in an individual ventilated cage on the preference of mice to use it. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 2007;10(2):111-121

Kostomitsopoulos N, Donnelly H, Kostavasili I, Paronis E, Alexakos P, Karayannacos P. Eradication of H. bilis and H. hepaticus from infected mice by using medicated diet. Lab Animal (NY) 2007;36 (5):36-40

Hatziieremia S, Kostomitsopoulos N, Balafas V, Tamvakopoulos C. A liquid chromatographic/tandem mass spectroscopic method for quantification of the cycle peptide melanotan-II. Plasma and brain tissue concentrations following administration in mice. Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom 2007;21:2431-2438

Sfikakis PP, Kostomitsopoulos N, Kittas C, Stathopoulos J, Karayannacos P, Dellia-Sfikaki A, Mitropoulos D. Tamoxifen exerts Testosterone-dependent and independent effects on thymic involution. Int J Immunopharm 1998;20:305-312


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