Sozos Michaelides

Sozos Michaelides

Sozos Michaelides


Name: Sozos Michaelides
Position: DPhil. Student


I have studied Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece (2008) and for my final year research project I was working on “Isoforms of glycolytic enzymes during the hibernation of the water frog Rana ridibunda”. I then decided to obtain a masters degree abroad and I chose Imperial College’s MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, closely allied to my interests. For my thesis project, I spend four months at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, in Jersey, Channel Islands, carrying out research on Conservation Genetics of translocated skinks from Mauritius. After graduating in 2009, I returned back to Cyprus to teach Biology and also joined Nature Heritage, an independent environmental consultancy, as an associate for reptile and amphibian conservation. I am fascinated by the fields of Evolutionary Biology and Molecular Ecology and would like to combine Ecology and Genetics to understand patterns of adaptation in vertebrates. Therefore, I joined EGI, in October 2011, to conduct a DPhil in Zoology.


My research project is titled “Admixture, genetic diversity and the evolutionary dynamics of colonisation”. It is under the supervision of Drs Tobias Uller and Judith Mank. Through the project I am aiming to investigate the differences in genetic diversity between native (source) and introduced populations of the European wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) and how these patterns are affected by founder population size, their origin(s) and admixture of distinct genotypic lineages.


Michaelides S., While GM., Bell C. and Uller T. (2013) Human introductions create opportunities for intra-specific hybridization in an alien lizard. Biological Invasions, 15:1101–1112

Michaelidis B., Michailidis S., Triantafyllidis A. and Kyriakopoulou-Sklavounou P. (2010) Isoforms of enzymes of intermediated metabolism during the hibernation of the water frog Rana ridibunda Journal of Biological Research-Thessaloniki 14:191-198. | Read abstract/paper online