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Eleni Stavrinidou

Associate Professor, Head of Unit, Docent

Principal Investigator at Electronic Plants, Laboratory of Organic Electronics


Eleni Stavrinidou received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 2008 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and then her Master’s degree in Nanotechnology from the same university, in 2010. She then joined the group of George Malliaras at the Department of Bioelectronics of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne (France) where she completed her PhD on Microelectronics in 2014. Her work there focused on understanding and engineering ion transport in conducting polymers.

Stavrinidou then joined the Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE) at Linköping University as a Postdoctoral Scholar working with Magnus Berggren and Daniel Simon. During her post-doc she developed organic electronic devices integrated within living plants, introducing the concept of Electronic Plants. In 2016 she received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship.

In 2017 Stavrinidou became Assistant Professor of Organic Electronics at Linköping University and established the Electronic Plants group. She received several grants including a Swedish Research Council Starting Grant and an EU FET-OPEN grant which she was the coordinator. In 2020 she became Associate Professor and Docent in Applied Physics. The same year she was awarded the Future Research Leaders grant of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. In 2021 Eleni Stavrinidou became Associated Group Leader at the Umeå Plant Science Center. The same year she was awarded the ERC-Staring Grant. Stavrinidou is recipient of the L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science prize in Sweden (2019) and the Tage Erlander Prize for Natural Sciences and Technology from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2023). In 2023 Stavrinidou became Senior Associate Professor of Bioengineering.

Stavrinidou’s research is driven both by societal needs and scientific curiosity. From one side her vision is to develop technologies that will enable new discoveries in plant science that can lead to more sustainable food production and to plants that can thrive in the changing climate. From the other side she envisions the development of a next generation technology that is based on the amalgamation of living and artificial components, enabling new technological concepts but also increasing the sophistication of our communication with the biological world.

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Abdul Manan Dar and Eleni Stavrinidou.

Fast electrical signals mapped in plants with new technology

What happens inside the carnivorous plant Venus Flytrap when it catches an insect? New technology has led to discoveries about the electrical signalling that causes the trap to snap shut.

Eleni Stavrinidou

She combines plants and technology for a sustainable future

Eleni Stavrinidou is principal investigator at Electronic plants at Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics. Her vision is to develop technologies that will enable new discoveries in plant biology.

Eleni Stavrinidou

Eleni Stavrinidou awarded ERC Starting Grant

Incorporating electronic and responsive materials in plant cells in order to produce composites that maintain the living properties of cells and, in the long term, create sustainable systems using nature’s own methods is the focus of her project.

Two women, Dr Eleni Stavrinidou and PhD student Daniela Parker, holding the biohybrid plant.

Storing energy in plants with electronic roots

By watering bean plants (Phaseolus vulgaris) with a solution that contains conjugated oligomers, researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, have shown that the roots of the plant become electrically conducting and can store energy.

Eleni Stavrinidou

Children who became researchers – their stories in a new book

The children’s book “Forskardrömmar” (“Dreams of Research”) opens the door to the university and tells the stories of children who became professional researchers. Two researchers from LiU describe their childhood and how they ended up as researchers



Giuseppina Tommasini, Mariarosaria De Simone, Silvia Santillo, Gwennael Dufil, Marika Iencharelli, Daniele Mantione, Eleni Stavrinidou, Angela Tino, Claudia Tortiglione (2023) In vivo neuromodulation of animal behavior with organic semiconducting oligomers Science Advances, Vol. 9, Article eadi5488 Continue to DOI
Vasileios Oikonomou, Till Dreier, Alexandra Sandéhn, Mohsen Mohammadi, Jakob Lonborg Christensen, Klas Tybrandt, Anders Bjorholm Dahl, Vedrana Andersen Dahl, Martin Bech, Eleni Stavrinidou (2023) Elucidating the Bulk Morphology of Cellulose-Based Conducting Aerogels with X-Ray Microtomography Advanced Materials Technologies Continue to DOI
Adam Armada Moreira, Abdul Manan Manan Dar, Zifang Zhao, Claudia Cea, Jennifer Gelinas, Magnus Berggren, Alex Costa, Dion Khodagholy, Eleni Stavrinidou (2023) Plant electrophysiology with conformable organic electronics: Deciphering the propagation of Venus flytrap action potentials Science Advances, Vol. 9, Article eadh4443 Continue to DOI
Matteo Grenzi, Stefano Buratti, Ambra Selene Parmagnani, Ilaria Abdel Aziz, Iwona Bernacka Wojcik, Francesca Resentini, Jan Simura, Fabrizio Gandolfo Doccula, Andrea Alfieri, Laura Luoni, Karin Ljung, Maria Cristina Bonza, Eleni Stavrinidou, Alex Costa (2023) Long-distance turgor pressure changes induce local activation of plant glutamate receptor-like channels Current Biology, Vol. 33, p. 1019-+ Continue to DOI
Xenofon Strakosas, Hanne Biesmans, Tobias Abrahamsson, Karin Hellman, Malin Silverå Ejneby, Mary Donahue, Peter Ekstrom, Fredrik Ek, Marios Savvakis, Martin Hjort, David Bliman, Mathieu Linares, Caroline Lindholm, Eleni Stavrinidou, Jennifer Gerasimov, Daniel Simon, Roger Olsson, Magnus Berggren (2023) Metabolite-induced in vivo fabrication of substrate-free organic bioelectronics Science, Vol. 379, p. 795-802 Continue to DOI