Email: ckatsimp (at) mit (dot) edu
Constantinos (Costas) was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering (equivalent to a Master of Engineering degree) from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2013. His Diploma thesis received the 2013 Best Diploma thesis Award of the School of Chemical Engineering. After graduation from NTUA, he joined the Industrial Biotechnology & Biocatalysis group at NTUA as a Ph.D. student. In 2018 he successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis and received the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award 2019 for his research. During his thesis he investigated and improved several strategies to overcome the complexity of plant cell wall using novel microbial biocatalysts in order to efficiently utilize lignocellulosic biomass for biofuels production.
Since January 2019, he joined the Gregory Stephanopoulos lab as a Postdoctoral associate, where he investigates ways of utilizing inexpensive substrates through metabolic engineering of the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica to produce high value-added products.
* denotes equal contribution
Katsimpouras C., Dedes G., Thomaidis N.S., Topakas E. (2019) A novel fungal GH30 xylanase with xylobiohydrolase auxiliary activity. Biotechnol Biofuels. 12:120.
Katsimpouras C., Dedes G., Bistis P., Kekos D., Kalogiannis K.G., Topakas E. (2018). Acetone/water oxidation of corn stover for the production of bioethanol and prebiotic oligosaccharides. Bioresour Technol. 270:208-215.
Katsimpouras C., Zacharopoulou M., Matsakas L., Rova U., Christakopoulos P., Topakas E. (2017). Sequential high gravity ethanol fermentation and anaerobic digestion of steam explosion and organosolv pretreated corn stover. Bioresour Technol. 244:1129-1136.
Katsimpouras C., Kalogiannis K.G., Kalogianni A., Lappas A.A., Topakas E. (2017). Production of high concentrated cellulosic ethanol by acetone/water oxidized pretreated beech wood. Biotechnol Biofuels. 10:54.
Salapa I.*, Katsimpouras C.*, Topakas E., Sidiras D. (2017). Organosolv pretreatment of wheat straw for efficient ethanol production using various solvents. Biomass Bioenergy. 100:10-16.
Katsimpouras C., Dimarogona M., Petropoulos P., Christakopoulos P., Topakas E. (2016). A thermostable GH26 endo-β-mannanase from Myceliophthora thermophila capable of enhancing lignocellulose degradation. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 100(19):8385-8397.
Katsimpouras C., Christakopoulos P., Topakas E. (2016). Acetic acid-catalyzed hydrothermal pretreatment of corn stover for the production of bioethanol at high-solids content. Bioprocess Biosys Eng. 39(9): 1415-1423.
Katsimpouras C., Bénarouche A., Navarro D., Karpusas M., Dimarogona M., Berrin J-G., Christakopoulos P., Topakas E. (2014). Enzymatic synthesis of model substrates recognized by glucuronoyl esterases from Podospora anserina and Myceliophthora thermophila. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 98:5507-5516.