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Hello, I'm Dr. Stefania Kapsetaki. With the aid of a very supportive community, I've been fortunate to practise music and science. A full-scholarship from the Minoan School of Music led to my graduation with a Diploma in Piano Performance and Harmony. My family and audience supported a journey of 160 concerts (Kapsetaki Twins) and the release of 3 classical CDs. Three public and private foundations in Greece (I.K.Y., Leventis, Onassis) funded my graduate studies at the University of Oxford, where I was also a Tutor for undergraduates and Editor-in-Chief in the journal Phenotype. A very supportive team at Arizona State University enabled me to conduct postdoctoral research in comparative oncology. Teamwork with Professor Apidianakis at the University of Crete, Professor Stuart West at the University of Oxford, and Professor Maley and Professor Aktipis at Arizona State University has led to 11 peer-reviewed publications, 33 invited talks, 51 conference presentations, and 59 honours and awards. Currently, I'm a Visiting Scholar/Faculty/Researcher at Arizona State University, and a Review Editor in the Editorial Board for social evolution in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.


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Comparative oncology

12.  Kapsetaki 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. Nature Communications Biology (under review)

11. 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 (under review)

10.  Kapsetaki 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) 


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. 


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

Undergraduate student+  Corresponding author  Co-first author*

Some of the animals I study

(photos not my own, photo credits available on the web, e.g. wikipedia/wikimedia commons)

Piano performances


Through art, I appreciate that every field is a struggle. Things don’t come easy.

One has to dig deep to realise One thing I know, that I don’t know a thing (Plato).

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​The book covers are drawings/photos from my collection "μη μου τους κύκλους τάραττε".


Through poetry, I gradually realise the value and depth of every single word, gap,

comma, and full stop. Every single signal, as illustrated in Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the wind

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