Professor,  Section of Pharmacognosy and Natural Product Chemistry



  • 2005: School of Medicine, Lab of Molecular Biology of Nantes, France
  • 1992 Research assistant, School of Medicine, lab of Pharmacology, University of Nantes, France
  • 1990 Research assistant, School of Medicine, lab of Pharmacognosy, University of Nantes, France
  • 1988: Research assistant, School of Medicine, lab of Organic Chemistry, University of Nantes, France
  • (Awarded a 6month Scholarship by the University of Nantes)
  • 1988: Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in Pharmacognosy, Department of Pharmacognosy, School of Pharmacy, University of Athens, Greece
  • 1985: License of Pharmaceutical profession, Ministry of Health, Athens, Greece.
  • 1984: Pharmacist, School of Pharmacy, University of Athens, Greece

Research topics

  • Phytochemistry, i.e. isolation and identification of secondary metabolites from medicinal and aromatic (essential oils etc] and bee-keeping products (honeys, propolis, royal jelly).
  • Biotechnological approach in the production of secondary metabolites by cell cultures, tissue cultures, hairy roots
  • Spectroscopy, highfield NMR, 1D & 2D, Analytical techniques: HPLC, MPLC, VLC, CC, TLC.
  • biological activities, antibacterial and antifungal, antioxidant, cytotoxic / cytostatic activities in vitro and in vivo.


  • 1o prize of the Greek Society of Ethnopharmacology January 2004, for the monograph “ Cretan Origanuum dictamnus”
  • 1o prize for the best poster presentation (650 participations among 75 countries) from the Society of Medicinal Plant Research 53rd Annual Congress Florence 21-25 August 2005
  • Vice Chair of the Working Party on Monographs of HMPC (Herbal Medicinal Products Committee), European Medicines Agency- EMA, MLWP, (Monographs and List Working Party), January 2006 - January 2009.
  • Chair of the Working Party on Monographs of HMPC, (Herbal Medicinal Products Committee), European Medicines Agency- EMA,  MLWP, (Monographs and List Working Party), since January 2009
  • Vice Chair of the HMPC (Herbal Medicinal Products Committee), European Medicines Agency- EMA,  since November  2007
  • Observer of European Medicines Agency at the Group of experts 13A, at the European Pharmacopoeia, since 2009
  • External examiner of Pharmacognosy at the School of Pharmacy, Div. of Pharmacognosy Dar-es Salaam Tanzania.
  • Visiting Prof at the Dept of Pharmacognosy-Chemistry of Natural Products, Medical School of Lublin, Poland (April 2008)
  •  External assessor of the Greek Agencies on herbal Medicinal Products, since 2005


 List of recent publications

  • “GC-MS profiling of diterpenic compounds in Mediterranean propolis from Greece” M. Popova, K. Graikou, I. Chinou, V. Bankova* J. Agric. Food Chem. 58 (5): 3167-3176  2010
  • “Antiproliferative activity of Greek propolis” Pratsinis H., Kletsas D.*, Melliou E., Chinou I. J. Med. Food 13 (2) 286-290, 2010
  • “PLS Analysis for Anibacterial activity of Natural Coumarins Using Volsurf Descriptors”  C. Koukoulitsa, A. Tsantili-Kakoulidou, Th. Mavromoustakou, I. Chinou QSAR and Combinatorial Science 28 (8), pp. 785-789 2009
  • “Terpenes with antimicrobial activity from Cretan propolis” M. P. Popova*, I. B. Chinou, I.N. Marekov, V.S. Bankova Phytochemistry 70 (10), pp. 1262-1271, 2009
  • “Bioactivity of Greek honey extracts on breast cancer MCF-7), prostate cancer (PC-3) and endometrial cancer (Ishikawa) cells: profile  analysis of extracts” Tsiapara , M. Jaakkola, I. Chinou, K. Graikou, T. Tolonen, V. Virtanen, P. Moutsatsou* Food Chemistry 116 (3), pp. 702-708 2009
  • ”The origin of copper-induced medicarpin accumulation and its secretion from roots of young fenugreek seedlings and cell culture. Modulation by calcium-uptake inhibitors” D. Tsiri, I. Chinou, M. Halabalaki, K. Haralampidis, C G. Spyropoulos* Plant Science, 176(3), 367-374, 2009
  • ”Biologically active Triterpenoids of Cephalaria ambrosioides roots” S. Passi, N. Aligiannis, Pratsinis H., Skaltsounis A.L., I.B. Chinou* Planta Medica, 75,  163-167 , 2009
  • Triterpenoids from Calli of Eucalyptus camaldulensis ” Tsiri, D., N. Aligiannis, K. Graikou, C. Ganis-Spyropoulos , I. B. Chinou* Ηelvetica Chimica Acta 91, 2110-2113 , 2008“Liposomal incorporation of carvacrol and thymol isolated from the essential oil of  Origanum dictamnus L. and in vitro antimicrobial activity” C.C. Liolios, O. Gortzi, S. Lalas, J. Tsaknis, I. Chinou* Food Chemistry 112 (1), 77-83 2009
  • ”Original triazin inductor of new specific molecular targets, with antitumor activitry  against Non Small Cell Lung Cancer” Moreau D., C. Jacquot, P. Tsitsa, I. Chinou, C. Tomasoni, M. Juge, E. Antoniadou- Vyza, L. Martignat, A. Pineau, C. Roussakis International Journal of Cancer 123, 2676-2683 , 2008“Chemosystematic value of Chemical constituents from Scabiosa hymettia in  Dipsacaceae family” Christopoulou, K. Graikou and I. Chinou* Chemistry and Biodiversity 5: 318-323, 2008
  • 135 participations in International Congresses
  • 1125 citations in published works



Chinou Ioanna
Division of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products 
Department of Pharmacy
University of Athens
Panepistimioupolis Zografou 15 771
Athens, Greece
Tel: ++30 10 727-4595, -4283
Fax: ++30 10 727-4115
E-mail: ichinou[at]pharm.uoa[dot]gr