George Athanasios Manganaris
George Manganaris is Director of the CUT Fruit Sciences & Postharvest Group at Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). He was awarded his PhD degree in 2004 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and thereafter he worked as Research Associate at the University of California, Davis and at the University of Padova after receiving a Marie Curie Individual Intra European fellowship. In 2009, he joined the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science at Cyprus University of Technology, initially as Lecturer (2009-2013), then as Assistant Professor (2014-2018), and from March 2019 onwards as Associate Professor. His main scientific interests include the quality evaluation of fresh fruits with the employment of physiological, biochemical and molecular approaches, the elucidation of fruit ripening syndrome with emphasis in the development of physiological disorders and overall, the postharvest maintenance of fresh produce. Additionally, he is involved in projects and/or synergies dealing with the application of preharvest treatments and/or novel technologies for maintaining quality of horticultural crops and their responsiveness to abiotic conditions. To date, Dr. Manganaris is the author of 52 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals (2100 citations, h-index=23). He is Council Member of the International Society for Horticultural Science and is board member of European Fruit Research Institute Network. He was appointed by the Hellenic Quality Assurance Agency of Higher Education to participate in the External Evaluation and Certification process of six Departments in Greece and the Editor of the Proceedings of the V International Postharvest Unlimited Symposium, (Acta Horticulturae 1079) and the III International Horticulture in Europe Symposium (Acta Horticulturae 1242). Dr. Manganaris is Associate Editor/Editorial board member of Postharvest Biology and Technology, Scientia Horticulturae, BMC Plant Biology, Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology.