(LSU PhD 2004)
Assistant Professor, University of Cyprus
“Do what you do because you LOVE it. Be patient! You are NOT a FAILURE! Learn from your mistakes and find solutions! Graduate School teaches you a lot!” – Dr Constantina Kapnissi-Christodoulou
Constantina Kapnissi-Christodoulou was born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Cyprus in Nicosia where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Constantina moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to attend graduate school at Louisiana State University, where she completed her PhD studies under the direction of Professor Isiah M Warner in 2004. In January of 2005, she received the Distinguished Dissertation Award from the College of Basic Sciences for her dissertation titled, “Analytical Separation Using Packed and Open-Tubular Capillary Electrochromatography.” Constantina appreciated the kindness and maturity of all LSU Chemistry personnel, and most notably the mentorship and greatness of her advisor.
After graduation, Constantina accepted a position as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Radiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. In 2005, she moved back home and became a Lecturer at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus. She was promoted to Assistant Professor. Her research interests include developing electrophoretic, chromatographic and electrochromatographic methods for improved achiral and chiral separations of various classes of analytes. To-date, Constantina has graduated 4 PhD students and 6 MS students from her research group at UCY. She also has 4 PhD candidates and 1 MSc candidate currently being supervised.
Alongside her career, she takes care of her two kids and enjoys wonderful moments with her family and friends. When asked if there were any turning points or things she would have done differently along her journey, Constantina answered, “No! Every moment has its advantages and disadvantages. You take the positives and you move on!”
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