Renowned scientist Dr. Athanasios Tsaftaris has been appointed Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies at Perrotis College. As Greece’s former Minister of Agricultural Development and Food (2012-2014) and Emeritus Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dr. Tsaftaris was tapped to provide the outstanding leadership required to move Perrotis College dynamically forward.
A Professor of Genetics, Dr. Tsaftaris holds an M.Sc. in Plant Competition in Breeding, a Ph.D. from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the field of Genetics and Plant Breeding, and a second Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
Dr. Tsaftaris has more than forty years of teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate programs, and oversees M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses related to genetics, genomics and biotechnology. As an expert in his field, he holds many positions in research, education and technology worldwide.
Among his many achievements, he established Thessaloniki’s Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) and served as elected Director in one of its institutes (Institute of Agrobiotechnology) for 8 years. Furthermore, he was the most significant contributor in the establishment of NOESIS, the science and technology museum of Thessaloniki. From 1999 to 2000 he served as Secretary General of Research and Technology for the Greek Government. In 2014, Dr. Tsaftaris also served as Minister of Rural Development and Food in the European Council of Agricultural Ministers. He received national recognition with his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece) for his outstanding services to Science in 2004 by the President of the Hellenic Democracy.