Project Description

Faculty Staff / Section of Genetics, Cell & Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Biology
Office location: 2nd floor
Telephone:+30 2610 969236 (Office), +30 2610 969235 (Lab)


  • BSc in Biology – Biology Department, University of Patras (2002)
  • MSc in “Environmental Biology: Management of terrestrial and marine biological resources” – Biology Department, University of Crete (2007)
  • PhD – Biology Department, University of Patras (2012)
  • Postdoctoral research (funding: Greek State Scholarships Foundation, “IKY”) (2021-2022)
  • Postdoctoral research (funding: Marie SkłodowskaCurie) Biology Department, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (IBE),
    Barcelona, Spain (2016-2019)
  • Postdoctoral research (funding: «EXCELLENCE ΙΙ») – Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace (2014-2015)
  • Postdoctoral research (funding: National Geographic) – Biology Department, University of Patras (2013)

Educational activities

  • Undergraduate courses: Evolution
  • Postgraduate courses: Specific Topics in Evolution

Research and other activities

  • Molecular Ecology (Animals): use of molecular-genetic markers and techniques to answer evolutionary and ecological questions
  • Investigation of biodiversity at the genetic (and eco-morphological) level, Population Genetics, Phylogeny reconstruction, Phylogeography, Conservation Genetics, Molecular Systematics and application of modern approaches for Species Delimitation
  • Combination of field work (sample collection for molecular analyses and field data collection), wet-lab work (DNA isolation, molecular-marker selection and “reading”) and dry-lab work (genetic data analysis)

Representative Publications

  • Thanou E, Kornilios P, Lymberakis P, Leaché AD (2020). Genomic and mitochondrial evidence of ancient isolations and extreme introgression in the four-lined snake. Current Zoology, 66(1): 99–111,
  • Kornilios P, Jablonski D, Sadek RA, Kumlutaş Y, Olgun K, Avci A, Ilgaz C (2020). Multilocus species-delimitation in the Xerotyphlops vermicularis (Reptilia: Typhlopidae) species complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 152, 106922.·
  • Kornilios P, Thanou E, Lymberakis P, Ilgaz Ç, Kumlutaş Y, Leaché AD (2020). A phylogenomic resolution for the taxonomy of Aegean green lizards. Zoologica Scripta, 49(1), 14-27.·
  • Kornilios P, Thanou E, Lymberakis P, Ilgaz Ç, Kumlutaş Y, Leaché A (2019). Genome-wide markers untangle the green-lizard radiation in the Aegean Sea and support a rare biogeographical pattern. Journal of Biogeography, 46(3): 552-567.·
  • Thanou E, Kornilios P (2018). Next-generation sequencing yields the complete mitochondrial genome of the endangered Milos viper Macrovipera schweizeri (Reptilia, Viperidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources, 3(2): 1250-1251.·
  • Kornilios P, Stamataki E, Giokas S (2015). Multiple reversals of chirality in the land snail genus Albinaria (Gastropoda, Clausiliidae). Zoologica Scripta, 44(6): 603-611.·
  • Kornilios P, Giokas S, Lymberakis P, Sindaco R (2013). Phylogenetic position, origin and biogeography of Palearctic and Socotran blind-snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 68: 35-41.·
  • Kyriazi P*, Kornilios P*, Nagy ZT, Poulakakis N, Kumlutaş Y, Ilgaz Ç, Avcı A, Göçmen B, Lymberakis P (2013). Comparative phylogeography reveals distinct colonization patterns of Cretan snakes. Journal of Biogeography, 40: 1143-1155. *equally contributing authors.·
  • Kornilios P, Ilgaz Ç, Lymberakis P, Kumlutaş Y, Moravec J, Sindaco R, Rastegar-Pouyani N, Afrooseh M, Giokas S, Fraguedakis-Tsolis S, Chondropoulos B (2012). Neogene climatic oscillations shape the biogeography and evolutionary history of the Eurasian blindsnake. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62: 856–873. ·
  • Kornilios P, Kyriazi P, Poulakakis N, Kumlutaş Y, Ilgaz ç, Mylonas M, Lymberakis P (2010). Phylogeography of the ocellated skink Chalcides ocellatus (Squamata, Scincidae), with the use of mtDNA sequences: A hitch-hiker’s guide to the Mediterranean. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 54(2): 445-456.