Dr. Panagiotis Madesis was born in Thessaloniki on 1971. He studied at the Faculty of Agriculture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). He pursued graduate studies in the laboratory of Genetics and Plant Breeding of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, AUTH where he also did his doctoral dissertation. The last year of his PhD, he moved to the University of Manchester in the Laboratory of Plant Science with emphasis on the genetic manipulation of the chloroplast genome. In 2004, he was given a postdoctoral position at the same lab. Since October 2008 he has been Researcher in the Institute of Applied Biosciences of the CERTH. His focus on Plant Breeding through conventional and biotechnological methods moreover he utilizes novel methodologies like genetics and genomics and other “omics” technologies. He is working on the development of higher yielding plants, plants with increased tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Moreover, he is very interested in developing plant systems for the production of high added value products in plants. Plant genotyping and biodiversity assessment through plant species identification, these studies have allowed him to develop a novel methodology for plant species identification, and also the traceability and detection of possible fraud in commercial products. For this activity, in 2013 was bestowed a distinction by the Ministry of Rural Development and the President of the Hellenic Republic.