Anna Mitraki is Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Technology at the University of Crete and Affiliated Research Scientist at IESL-FORTH (since September 2004). She received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1981 and her PhD in Biochemistry from the Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France in 1986 (for work on enzyme folding, assembly and aggregation with Professor Jeannine Yon-Kahn). She subsequently was a post-doctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. (1987-1991) and then a Research Scientist (1991-1994) (work on folding and assembly of fibrous phage proteins with Professor Jonathan King). She received her Habilitation from the Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, in 2003 for work on structure, folding and assembly of beta-structured fibrous proteins and their self-assembling peptides. She worked as Research Scientist at the Institut de Biologie Structurale in Grenoble, France (French National Research Center) from 1995 to 2004. From 2004 to 2014 she was Associate Professor at the Materials Science and Technology Department at the University of Crete ; she was promoted to Professor in 2014. She has published more than 50 publications in scientific journals.
Anna Mitraki has been working for more than 30 years on the folding, assembly and structure of natural fibrous proteins. She got interested in using these proteins as models for the design of new fibrous materials. Her current research interests include: design and study of fibrous biomaterials; self-assembling protein materials; protein folding and assembly; protein engineering and production. She is particularly interested in translating fundamental structural knowledge from natural fibrous proteins into concrete integration strategies and applications in the area of fibrous bio-nano-materials. She especially focuses on the use of amyloid peptide materials as technological objects and their integration in innovative applications.