Panagiotis Kalaitzis holds a PhD from University of Maryland - College Park, USA in the field of Molecular & Cell Biology and is currently Studies/Research Coordinator of the Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology Department at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH) in Crete, Greece and director of the Laboratory of Molecular biology & biotechnology. MAICH is one of the constituent Institutes of the International Organization CIHEAM (International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies), an Intergovernmental Organization.
The research interests focus on the characterization of the physiological significance of genes involved in the biosynthesis of cell wall glycoproteins such prolyl 4 hydroxylases and Arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) and particularly on developmental programmes such as fruit ripening, abscission and abiotic stresses such as salinity in olive. Moreover, the group has extensive experience in authenticity and traceability of processed foods such as olive oil and recently wine using DNA-based approaches and molecular markers such as SNPs.
He authored and co-authored more than 50 publications and coordinated or participated in more than 25 European and National research and development programs. He is main- or co-author in 10 manuscripts on olive genetics, molecular biology and physiology studies and 11 manuscripts on olive oil authentication studies.