Zili Sideratou was born in 1968 in Chios, Greece. She graduated from the University of Ioannina, obtaining the Degree of Chemistry in 1992. She prepared her PhD in NCSR “Demokritos” under the supervision of Dr C. M. Paleos in the area of hydrogen-bonded liquid crystals. She received her Ph.D. at National Technical University of Athens (1997). She continued her work as project chemist in the framework of a project funded by European Commission. During the years 2001-2006 she was working as a permanent scientist in Demokritos. Since 2006 she is a senior researcher in Demokritos. Her current research interests focus on: (a) Preparation and characterization of liposomes and their applications as drug and gene delivery systems, (b) Functionalization, characterization and encapsulation properties of dendritic polymers; prospected applications as controlled release and targeted drug delivery systems as well as gene delivery systems, (c) Preparation and characterization of functionalized carbon-based materials with dendritic polymers; prospected applications as controlled release and targeted drug delivery systems as well as antibacterial agents and (d) Development of super-hydrophobic nano-coatings based on functional inorganic nanoparticles and polymer functionalized carbon-based materials for aviation and marine applications. She is co-author in 50 publications in peer reviewed journals and co-inventor in 4 international patents. Citations: 1125; h factor 20 (Source: Scopus, April 2015). During her 20-years research, she has been involved in about 15 European and National research projects. Dr Sideratou is scientific responsible for NCSRD of the SANAD project (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP) http://www.sanadproject.eu/ .