Professor,  Section of Pharmacognosy and Natural Product Chemistry




  • Degree in Pharmacy, University of Athens (1983)
  • Ph. D. in Pharmacy, University of Athens (1988)


  • Undergraduate courses/labs:
  • Pharmaceutical Botany, Pharmacognosy III, Pharmacognosy III Labs
  • Graduate courses: 
  • Chemistry of Natural Products, Botany, Diversity of Organisms and Chemical Ecology, Introduction to Good Laboratory Practice, Bibliographic Search on Specialized Topics

Research topics

  • Study of volatile metabolites of aromatic plants in different vegetative stages in order to clarify their chemical profiles and to detect the conditions and factors affecting the concentrations of bioactive metabolites. 
  • Chemotaxonomic study of taxa of uncertain taxonomic position. Investigation of geographic and/or seasonal variation, inter- and intrapopulation variability and identification of diagnostic biomarkers. 
  • Phytochemical analysis mainly of Mediterranean endemic plants for the detection-isolation-structure elucidation of bioactive metabolites.
  • Investigation of the allelopathic potential of natural products. Evaluation of their activity as insect repellents or insecticidals. Assessment of the antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant activity of natural products. 

Recent publications

  • Koutsaviti A., Ioannou E., Couladis M., Tzakou O., Roussis V., 1H and 13C NMR spectral assignments of abietane diterpenes from Pinus heldreichii and Pinus nigra subsp. nigra. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 2017. DOI:10.1002/mrc.4585.
  • Koutsaviti A., Tzakou O., Galati E. M., Certo G., Germanò M. P. Chemical Composition of Juniperus phoenicea and J. drupacea Essential Oils and their Biological Effects in the Choriallantoic Membrane (CAM) Assay. Nat. Prod. Com. 2017, 12, 449-452. ISSN 1555-9475 (online).
  • Papaefthimiou E., Vagias C., Couladis M., Tzakou O. Study of Volatile Components of Acacia farnesiana Willd. Flowers. Rec. Nat. Prod. 2017, 11, 474-478.
  • Koutsaviti A., Antonopoulou V.,Vlassi A., Antonatos S., Michaelakis A., Papachristos D. P., Tzakou O. Chemical composition and fumigant activity of essential oils from six plant families against Sitophilus oryzae (Col: Curculionidae). J. Pest Sci., 2017 DOI 10.1007/s10340-017-0934-0.
  • Koutsaviti K., Giatropoulos A., Pitarokili D., Papachristos D., Michaelakis A. , Tzakou O. Greek Pinus essential oils: larvicidal activity and repellency against Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae). Parasitol. Res. 2015, 114, 583-592. DOI 10.1007/s00436-014-4220-2.
  • Ioannou E., Koutsaviti A., Tzakou O., Roussis V. The genus Pinus: A comparative study on the needle essential oil composition of 46 pine species. Phytochemistry Reviews 2014. DOI 10.1007/s11101-014-9338-4.


Postal address: Section of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products,
Department of Pharmacy, 
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
Panepistimiopolis, 157 71
Athens, Greece
Tel.: +30 210 727 4591
Fax: +30 210 727 4591