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Γεια μας (means "to our health" in Greek)
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Here you'll find some parts of my journey in science and the arts. 
- Dr. Stefania Kapsetaki


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Comparative biology

11. Kapsetaki S.E., Fortunato A., Compton Z., Rupp S.M., Nour Z.+, Riggs-Davis S.+, Stephenson D.+, Duke E.G., Boddy A.M., Harrison T.M., Maley C.C., Aktipis A. Is chimerism associated with cancer across the tree of life? PLOS ONE (2023)

10.  Marquez Alcaraz G.*, Kapsetaki S.E.*, Whisner C.M., Aktipis A. On the hunt for cancer's microbial "party" in the animal kingdom. Frontiers for Young Minds (2023)

9. Kapsetaki S.E.*, Marquez Alcaraz G.*, Maley C.C., Whisner C.M., Aktipis A. Diet, microbes, and cancer across the tree of life: a systematic review. Current Nutrition Reports. (2022) 

Higher Education

8. Seyedi S., Kapsetaki S.E., Maley C.C. Learning Science With the Hobbits. Ask A Biologist. (2022).

Evolution of multicellularity

7. Kapsetaki S.E., Fisher R. Chapter 10: “Group formation: Hypotheses for the evolution of clonal multicellularity” in Herron MD, Conlin PL, and Ratcliff WC eds. book “The evolution of multicellularity”. Taylor and Francis Publishing. (2022). Link to chapter 


6.  Kapsetaki S.E., West S.A. The costs and benefits of multicellular group formation in algae. Evolution. 73.6 (2019): 1296-1308.  


5.  Kapsetaki S.E., Fisher R.M., West S.A. Green blobs and predatory beasts: clues to multicellularity. Frontiers for Young Minds. 7:20. (2019).

4.  Kapsetaki S.E., Tep A.+, West S.A. How do algae form multicellular groups? Evolutionary Ecology Research. 18.6 (2017): 663-675. 


3.  Kapsetaki S.E., Fisher R.M., West S.A. Predation and the formation of multicellular groups in algae. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 17.5 (2016): 651-669. 

Infectious diseases

2.  Kapsetaki S.E.*+, Tzelepis I.*+, Livadaras I., Garantonakis N., Varikou K., Apidianakis Y. The bacterial metabolite 2-aminoacetophenone promotes association of pathogenic bacteria with flies. Nature Communications 5.1 (2014): 1-7. 


1.  Tzelepis I.+, Kapsetaki S.E.+, Panayidou S., Apidianakis Y. Drosophila melanogaster: a first step and a stepping-stone to anti-infectives. Current Opinion in Pharmacology, (2013) 13:1–6. 


7.  Kapsetaki S.E., Cisneros L.H., Maley C.C. Cell-in-cell phenomena across the tree of life. Research Square (2023)

6. Kapsetaki S.E.*, Compton Z.T*., Mellon W., Vincze O., Giraudeau M., Harrison T., Abegglen L.M., Boddy  A.M., Maley C.C., Schiffman J.D. Germline mutation rate predicts cancer mortality across 37 vertebrate species. bioRxiv (2023)

5. Kapsetaki S.E., Basile A.J., Compton Z.T., Rupp S.M., Duke E.G., Boddy A.M., Harrison T.M., Sweazea K., Maley C.C. The relationship between diet, plasma glucose, and cancer prevalence across vertebrates. bioRxiv (2023)

4. Seyedi S., Harris V., Kapsetaki S.E., Narayanan S., Saha D., Compton Z., Yousefi R., May A., Fakir E., Boddy A., Gerlinger M., Huijben S., Gouge D., Cisneros L., Ellsworth P., Maley C.C.. Resistance management for cancer: lessons from farmers. aRxiv (2023) 

3. Compton Z., Harris V., Mellon W., Rupp S., Mallo D., Kapsetaki S.E., Wilmot M., Kennington R., Noble K., Baciu C., Ramirez L., Li J., Peraza A., Martins B., Sudhakar S., Aksoy S., Furukawa G., Vincze O., Giraudeau M., Duke E.G., Spiro S., Flach E., Davidson H., Zehnder A., Graham T.A., Troan B., Harrison T.M., Tollis M., Schiffman J., Aktipis A., Abegglen L., Maley C.C., Boddy A.M. Cancer prevalence across vertebrates. bioRxiv (2023)

2. Kapsetaki S.E.*, Compton Z.*, Harris V.K., Dolan J.+, Rupp S.M., Garner M.M., Duke E.G., Aksoy S.+, Giraudeau M., McGraw K.J., Vincze O., Boddy A.M., Harrison T.M., Tollis M., Aktipis A., Maley C.C.. Life history and cancer in birds: clutch size predicts cancer. bioRxiv (2023)

1Kapsetaki S.E., Compton Z., Rupp S.M., Duke E.G., Boddy A.M., Garner M.M., Harrison T.M., Aktipis A., Maley C.C. The ecology of cancer prevalence across species: Cancer prevalence is highest in desert species and high trophic levels. bioRxiv (2022)


3. Kapsetaki S.E., Multicellular group formation in algae, Oxford University Research Archive. (2019).

2.  Kapsetaki S.E., Predation and the evolution of multicellularity, Oxford University Research Archive. (2015)

1.  Kapsetaki S.E.+, Assessing the antibiotics Carbenicillin, Ciprofloxacin, Ticarcillin and Kanamycin on the model organism Drosophila melanogaster for combinatorial antimicrobial effect against the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, University of Crete Library. (2013), Thesis grade: 10/10

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Curriculum Vitae

Some non-human animals

Examples of animals I studied during my comparative biology projects at Arizona State University. Their cancer prevalence is shown on the bottom left corner. Data from Kapsetaki et al. 2022 and Compton et al. 2023. I prepared this video for a presentation at Harvard University (October 2023).