Niki Athanasiadou

Niki Athanasiadou received her PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives and works in New York city.

Articles by Niki Athanasiadou:

From ChIP-seq to MeDIP: A Glossary of Different NGS techniques

It was not long since the commercialization of NGS (a little more than ten years ago) that scientists went beyond the basics and got creative with the new technology to study much more than just the sequence of DNA. In this article we highlight some of the different NGS technologies and methods available out there.…

20 Mar 2015 Genomics and Epigenetics

A Quick-Fire Guide to Shotgun Sequencing (and Assembly)

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” –  Charles Mingus   Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology has boomed in recent years, allowing researchers to probe further into the workings of the genome. According to the theory of simplicity, it is the simple principles on its basis that make…

06 Mar 2015 Genomics and Epigenetics

Sequencing the microbiome: re-discovering our invisible allies

Scientific breakthroughs have profound effects on how we view and treat the world that surrounds us. Especially in the microscopic level, scientific discoveries provide the only understanding we have of Nature. One such case is the story of our relationship with microorganisms. First impressions Since Luis Pasteur’s discoveries on invisible “infectious agents” more than 150…

11 Sep 2014 Genomics and Epigenetics

NGS and TRex: The Science Of Jurassic Park

The necessity to see negative scientific results in academic journals has recently drawn some attention. However, for the working experimentalist, it is still unthinkable that he or she would be able to publish meticulous experiments that have painstakingly produced, well, nothing! That is unless Hollywood has made your experiment part of the popular culture. A satisfying…

26 Sep 2013 Genomics and Epigenetics

Solid Phase Reversible Immobilization: How To Get A Bead On The Clean-up Of Your NGS Libraries

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke In the fast-moving field of next generation sequencing, standard practices are evolving rapidly. Today, more and more labs are using Solid Phase Reversible Immobilization (SPRI) beads instead of gel purification in the preparation of libraries for sequencing. A crucial step, not for the…

13 Jun 2013 Genomics and Epigenetics