Nicolas Dimopoulos, PhD Student

                       nicolas

 

Davis building 4078

Department of Biology

University of Toronto Mississauga

3359 Mississauga Road

Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6

CANADA

 

Tel: +1 905 569 4988

Email: nicolas.dimopoulos@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Bio:

Having grown up on the west coast of Canada, I have developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors, and plants. I did a MSc focusing on grapevine response to drought stress, which sparked my passion for understanding plant stress responses. Now, I am interested in applying a systems biology approach to further understand how trees adapt to stress and future climactic changes. Outside of work, you will find me either swing dancing, cooking, hiking, or rock climbing.

 

Current Project:

Studying the intraspecific response of different white spruce (Picea glauca) genotypes to heat induced drought stress.

 

Research Areas:

  • Plant physiology, plant metabolites

  • Remote sensing

  • Response of white spruce to heat and drought stress

  • Transcriptomics and genomics

 

Education:

  • MSc – Plant Science, 2018, The University of British Columbia

  • BSc, Co-op – Microbiology, 2014, University of Victoria

Work Experience:

  • PhD student: Ensminger lab, Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga (2018-present)

  • MSc student: Castellarin lab, Wine Research Centre, The University of British Columbia (2015-2017)

  • Laboratory technician, BSc Co-op, Pfizer Canada (2012-2013)

  • Laboratory technician, BSc Co-op, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (2011)

Publications:

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  • Dimopoulos N., Wong D. C. J., Haslam T., Song C., Tindjau R., Lopez Gutierrez R., Madilao L., Gambetta G.A., Kunst L., Castellarin S.D. Compositional Changes of the Grape Berry (Vitis vinifera L.) Cuticular During Fruit Development in Response to Water Deficit Stress. Under Preparation.

  • Wong D. C. J., Lopez Gutierrez R., Dimopoulos N., Gambetta G. A., Castellarin S. D. (2016). Combined physiological, transcriptome, and cis-regulatory element analyses indicate that key aspects of ripening, metabolism, and transcriptional program in grapes (Vitis vinifera L.) are differentially modulated accordingly to fruit size. BMC Genomics. 17: 416. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-016-2660-z

 

Conference Presentations:

  • Dimopoulos N., Wong D. C. J., Haslam T., Song C., Tindjau R., Lopez Gutierrez R., Madilao L., Gambetta G.A., Kunst L., Castellarin S.D. Compositional Changes of the Grape Berry (Vitis vinifera L.) Cuticular During Fruit Development in Response to Water Deficit Stress. Canadian Society of Plant Biologists Eastern Regional Meeting. London, ON. November 2018.

  • Dimopoulos N., Wong D. C. J., Haslam T., Song C., Lopez Gutierrez R., Kunst L., Castellarin S. D. Changes of the Grape Berry (Vitis vinifera L.) Cuticle during Fruit Development in Response to Water Deficit Stress. Plants from Sea to Sky: Canadian Society of Plant Biologists/Canadian Society of Horticultural Society Joint Meeting. Vancouver, BC. July 2017. (Best graduate student presentation)

  • Dimopoulos N., Wong D. C. J., Haslam T., Lopez Gutierrez R., Kunst L., Castellarin S. D. Changes of the Grape Berry (Vitis vinifera L.) Cuticle during Fruit Development in Response to Water Deficit Stress. 68th American Society for Enology and Viticulture National Conference. Bellevue, Washington USA. June 2017.

  • Dimopoulos N., Wong D. C. J., Castellarin S. D. Changes in Growth and Composition of the Grapevine Berry (Vitis vinifera L.) Cuticle during Fruit Development in Response to Water Deficit Stress. UBC LFS Graduate Student Conference. Vancouver, BC. March 2016. (institutional)

  • Dimopoulos N., Lopez Gutierrez R., Stroczynski E., Lim H., Wong D. C. J., Castellarin S. D.  Impact of berry size on fruit ripening and metabolism in Merlot grapes. BCWGC 16th Annual Enology & Viticulture Conference and Tradeshow. Penticton, BC. July 2015.