Peristera Paschou, PhD, DABMG

Assistant Professor of Population Genetics

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics Democritus
University of Thrace
Panepistimioupoli, Dragana
68100, Greece

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Short Bio

Dr. Paschou is an Assistant Professor of Population Genetics at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace and Chair of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome. She has extensive experience in the genetics of complex disorders and particularly Tourette Syndrome (TS), and the analysis of the genetic structure of human populations around the world, as related to disease etiology. She has established the consortium of the "Tourette Syndrome Genetics. Southern and Eastern Europe Initiative" with the participation of seven countries from Southern and Eastern Europe, and a goal to create a biobank for the study of TS. She is currently the Chair of the EU funded COST Action "European network for the Study of GTS", coordinating a team of investigators from 22 European countries towards unifying national efforts in the field of TS research. She is certified in Clinical Molecular Genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics, and she has trained and held positions at the University of Oxford, Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Pasteur Institute in Paris, the Department of Human Genetics at the Yale University Medical School, and visiting positions at the Department of Genetics at UCSF, UCLA and the National Institutes of Health in the US.

Selected Publications

  1. Paschou P (2013). The genetic basis of Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome. Neurosci Biobehav Rev,  in press.
  2. Paschou P, Stylianopoulou E, Karagiannidis I, Rizzo R, Tarnok Z, Wolanczyk T, Hebebrand J, Nöthen MM, Lehmkuhl G, Farkas L, Nagy P, Szymanska U, Lykidis D, Androutsos C, Tsironi V, Koumoula A, Barta C, Klidonas S, Ypsilantis P, Simopoulos C, See T, Skavdis G, Grigoriou M (2012). Evaluation of the LIM homeobox genes LHX6 and LHX8 as candidates for Tourette Syndrome. Genes Brain Behav, 11 (4): 444-451
  3. Karagiannidis I, Rizzo R, Tarnok Z, Wolanczyk T, Hebebrand J, Noethen MM, Lehmkuhl G, Farkas L, Nagy P, Barta C, Szymanska U, Panteloglou G, Miranda DM, Feng Y, Sandor P, Barr C, Paschou P. The most common worldwide haplotype across SLITRK1 is associated with Tourette Syndrome in a large sample of families. Molecular Psychiatry 17(7): 665-668
  4. Paschou P, Lewis J, Javed A, Drineas P (2010). Ancestry informative markers for fine-scale individual assignment to worldwide populations. Journal of Medical Genetics 47, 835-847
  5. Paschou P, Ziv E, Burchard EG, ChoudryS, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Mahoney MW,   Drineas P (2007). PCA-correlated SNPs for structure identification in worldwide human populations. PLoS Genetics 3, e160
  6. Paschou P, Feng Y, Pakstis AJ, Speed WC, DeMille MM, Kidd JR, Jaghori B, Kurlan R, Pauls DL, Sandor P, Barr CL, Kidd KK (2004). Indications of linkage and association of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome in two independent family samples: 17q25 is a putative susceptibility region. Am J Hum Genet 75,545-560




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