Panagiotis Tsakanikas

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UNLABELLED Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) play an important role in the modulation of many cognitive functions but their role in integrated network activity remains unclear. This is at least partly because of the complexity of the cholinergic circuitry and the difficulty in comparing results from in vivo studies obtained under diverse(More)
The detection of protein spots in 2DGE images is one of the most important tasks in a proteomics data analysis workflow. All subsequent steps of differential expression analysis for biomarkers discovery depend on its effectiveness. In this study, we introduce the use of Active Contours without Edges coupled with Contourlet Transform - based image(More)
One of the most commonly used methods for protein separation is 2-DE. After 2-DE gel scanning, images with a plethora of spot features emerge that are usually contaminated by inherent noise. The objective of the denoising process is to remove noise to the extent that the true spots are recovered correctly and accurately i.e. without introducing distortions(More)
Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) is the most established protein separation method used in expression proteomics. Despite the existence of sophisticated software tools, 2-DE gel image analysis still remains a serious bottleneck. The low accuracies of commercial software packages and the extensive manual calibration that they often require for(More)
Cell tracking enables data extraction from timelapse "cell movies" and promotes modeling biological processes at the single-cell level. We introduce a new fully automated computational strategy to track accurately cells across frames in time-lapse movies. Our method is based on a dynamic neighborhoods formation and matching approach, inspired by motion(More)
2D gel electrophoresis (2DGE) is the most commonly used method for protein separation. After gel scanning, images with a plethora of spot features are generated. In this paper we propose the use of the contourlet transform (CT) for 2D gels image denoising and compare it to the wavelet transform (WT). We show that contourlets not only achieve better average(More)
Understanding the development and differentiation of the neocortex remains a central focus of neuroscience. While previous studies have examined isolated aspects of cellular and synaptic organization, an integrated functional index of the cortical microcircuit is still lacking. Here we aimed to provide such an index, in the form of spontaneously recurring(More)
Time-lapse microscopy is an essential tool for capturing and correlating bacterial morphology and gene expression dynamics at single-cell resolution. However state-of-the-art computational methods are limited in terms of the complexity of cell movies that they can analyze and lack of automation. The proposed Bacterial image analysis driven Single Cell(More)
In order to address pathological cognitive decline effectively, it is critical to adopt early preventive measures in individuals considered at risk. It is therefore essential to develop approaches that identify such individuals before the onset of irreversible dementia. A deficient cholinergic system has been consistently implicated as one of the main(More)
Recently, imaging and machine vision are gaining attention to food stakeholders since these are considered to be the emerging tools for food safety and quality assessment throughout the whole food chain. Herein, multispectral imaging, a surface chemistry sensor type, has been evaluated in terms of monitoring aerobically packaged beef filet spoilage at(More)