Maria Kapsokefalou

Maria Kapsokefalou
Associate Professor
Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Analysis

Maria Kapsokefalou is an Associate Professor in Human Nutrition at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece.  She is also the Deputy Rector on Student Affairs, Academic Collaborations and Outreach at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. 
Maria Kapsokefalou is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hellenic Food Safety Authority of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, the Hellenic Pasteur Institute and the National Committee on Nutrition Policy of the Ministry of Health. 
Following a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Athens, Maria Kapsokefalou pursued her graduate studies in Food Science and in Nutrition at Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar.  She received her MSc in 1989 and PhD in 1992 and continued her scientific development in Nutrition at Cornell University, as a recipient of the Nutricia Research Foundation International Training Fellowship, at ETH Zurich, and at the University of Crete, where she was a Researcher and Lecturer in Food Science and Nutrition until 2000.  In 2001 she joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the Agricultural University of Athens.
Her scientific interests include outreach programs on the sustainable development of the agrofood sector in Greece and particularly on the support of innovation and entrepreneurship in the primary and secondary production.
Her research activities aim to the promotion of Public Health though better nutrition. 
She investigates health benefits of bioactive compounds and novel and functional foods, linking Nutritional Sciences and Food Science.  In particular, she has studied the bioavailability of iron and zinc, the effect of antioxidant compounds on health and the development of food fortified with minerals, bioactive compounds or bioactive compounds in nanostructures.
She evaluates dietary intake in the general adult population and in children, pregnant women and older adults.  In particular, she has conducted studies on food, beverage and water intake in various population groups and on the socioeconomic factors that may affect food intake.
She also studies food aid models and food policy measures that aim to alleviate food insecurity in vulnerable populations, such as school lunches, food packages, food banks etc.
Her research is supported by national, private and EU funding.  Her scientific collaborations include public and private partnerships in Greece, in Europe and the USA.
Maria Kapsokefalou is the mother of three daughters.
Selected publications
Eating habits of University students living at, or away from home in Greece, Papadaki, A.,  Hondros, G., Scott, J. A.,  Kapsokefalou, M. Appetite, 2007; 49 (1): 169-176.
Peptides isolated from in vitro digests of milk enhance iron uptake by Caco-2 cells. Argyri, K., Miller, D. D., Glahn, R. P., Zhu, L., Kapsokefalou, M. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2007; 55 (25): 10221–10225.
Effect of green tea on postprandial antioxidant capacity, serum lipids, C-reactive protein and glucose levels in patients with coronary artery disease.  Koutelidakis, A.E., Rallidis, L., Koniari, K., Panagiotakos, D., Komaitis, M., Zampelas, A., Anastasiou-Nana, M., Kapsokefalou, M.  European Journal of Nutrition, 2014;53(2):479-86.
The potential of an in vitro digestion method for predicting glycemic response of foods and meals. Argyri, K., Athanasatou, A., Bouga, M., Kapsokefalou, M. Nutrients. 2016, 8(4), 209; doi:10.3390/nu8040209
Water intake and hydration indices in healthy adults: The European Hydration Research Study (EHRS).  Malisova, O., Athanasatou, A., Pepa, A., Husemann, M., Domnik, K., Braun, H., Mora-Rodriguez, R., Ortega, J., Fernandez-Elias, V., Kapsokefalou, M.  Nutrients 2016, 8(4):204. doi: 10.3390/nu8040204.

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