Dr. Maria Halabalaki — Department of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece

Department of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece



Maria Halabalaki obtained her degree in Pharmacy (1998), her masters (2001) and her Ph.D. (2005) from University of Athens, Department of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry. She was trained in mass spectrometry and proteomics during her Post Doc (2005-2007) at the FBRAA Centre for Basic Research – Biotechnology Division. After this period, she expanded her expertise mainly in analytical techniques and metabolomics though short and long stays in several laboratories (e.g. University of Innsbruck – Austria, University of Geneva – Switzerland, University of Basel Geneva – Switzerland) and companies abroad (e.g. Bionorica – Austria). From 2009 till 2017 she worked as teaching staff of the Division of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Athens. In 2015, she was awarded with Egon Stahl in silver, a medal, a document and a monetary prize for recognizing and promoting young scientists working in the field of Pharmacognosy (Pharmaceutical Biology) and Analytical Phytochemistry. From 2017, she is Assistant Professor at the same Department.


To date, she has been the author of more than 90 papers in referred journals and her work has been also presented in more than 100 national and international conferences. Also, she belongs at the coordinating team of 6 EU projects, 3 National ones and she is the facilitator of 2 EU and 1 National research project. Her main scientific interests involve the separation and isolation of natural products using chromatographic techniques (VLC, MPLC, FCPC, HPLC) and the structural elucidation of natural products via spectroscopic methods (UV-Vis, IR, GC-MS, LC-MS, 1&2D NMR); development and application of chromatographic methods (HPLC-DAD, LC-MS and UHPLC-HRMSn) for the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of natural products in plant extracts as well as biological substrates (plasma, serum, urine, cells, tissues). The recent years, her scientific interests focus on the development and application of analytical methods for qualitative and quantitative characterization of plant extracts, foods, nutraceutical, cosmeceuticals and natural products; quality control aspects; metabolomics/metabonomic approaches using NMR and LC-MS platforms for the discovery of biomarkers; dereplication and investigation of mechanism of action of natural products (metabolomics in-cell, metabolism of natural products).