Emmanuel Kanavakis

“21st century medicine is transferred from the “diagnosis and treatment” model to the “prediction and prevention” model. Thanks to the modern methods of Genetics, prediction is already a reality.”

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling is a health service that provides information and advice to patients
and their families, which are in risk of a hereditary genetic disorder.

Whom is it for?

Genetic counseling could be sought by all prospective parents; however, it is highly recommended to people or couples facing one or more of the following conditions: couple with fertility problems or Couple with recurrent miscarriages and/or fetal death.

Pregnancy at advanced maternal or paternal age. Pregnancy with ultrasound findings suggestive of a genetic disease. People with family history of a genetic disease, chromosomal or congenital abnormality.

What will it offer to me?

Full and detailed report on the problem with appropriate reproductive strategy planning, as well as prenatal or postnatal diagnosis.

How do I set an appointment?

Genetic counseling is provided after an appointment by phone (+30) 210 68 03 130. Our specialized staff will inform you in detail of the procedure followed.

Fast and accurate genetic diagnosis

Our goal is to offer a broad spectrum of molecular and cytogenetic analyses, covering the need for genetic diagnosis. We also offer genetic counseling services by highly experienced clinical geneticists.


Genetic analyses

The simultaneous evolution of molecular biology, genetics and bioinformatics during the last decade has revolusionized the fields of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the genetic diseases.

Prenatal testing

Prenatal testing provides information regarding the health of embryos. By analysing genetic material from the fetus it is possible to detect chromosomal abnormalities and gene mutations that could lead to the development of serious genetic disorders. It includes invasive prenatal diagnosis, when genetic analyses are done on chorionic villi or amniotic fluid, and non invasive prenatal testing, when analyses are done on the cell free fetal DNA from the peripheral blood of the pregnant mother.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing

Using the most advanced technology it is feasible to detect genetic abberations in the fetuses that derive from In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) before they are transferred into the uterous, thus increasing pregnancy rates and reducing miscarriages and birth of neonates with genetic disorders.

Molecular Oncology

Using the latest Next Generation Sequencing techniques it is possible to perform an assessment of the bacterial profile of the endometrium, to improve the reproductive outcome of infertile couples. The detection of an abnormal endometrial flora is linked to implantation failure, chronic endomitritis and sexually transmitted diseases.

Molecular microbiology

Using the latest Next Generation Sequencing techniques it is possible to perform an assessment of the bacterial profile of the endometrium, to improve the reproductive outcome of infertile couples. The detection of an abnormal endometrial flora is linked to implantation failure, chronic endomitritis and sexually transmitted diseases.

Genetic disorders

Genetic disorders encompass the full spectrum of genetic abnormalities, such as gene mutations, chromosomal anomalies and deletions and duplications of chromosomal regions. Some genetic disorders are inherited from the parens, while others arise de novo. Genetic disorders can further be divided into single-gene disorders (Thalassaemia, cystic fibrosis etc.), multifactorial genetic disorders (cardiopathies, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease etc.), mitochondrial disorders (Kearns – Sayre and MELAS syndromes etc.) and chromosomal abnormalities ( Down, Turner, Klinefelter syndrome etc.)

Areas of expertise

The laboratory has modern technological infrastructure such as molecular and cytogenetic analysis systems, a Next Generation Sequencer and a platform for Array-CGH analysis for Preimplantation Genetic Testing and Molecular Karyotype.

Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is the most common genetic disorder in Caucasians. The genetic analysis of cystic fibrosis is recommended for all couples, before or during the first weeks of pregnancy, by analysing the entire CFTR gene.

Non Invasive Prenatal Testing

Prenatal SAFEKaryo is the next level in non invasive prenatal testing offering analysis of all chromosomes of the fetus, by analysing the cell free fetal DNA in the peripheral blood of the mother.

Prenatal Molecular Karyotype

Prenatal chromosomal testing by molecular karyotyping is a new molecular cytogenetic analysis that aims to prevent the birth of children affected by serious genetic disorders. It detects numerical chromosomal abnormalities (trisomies, monosomies), as well as smaller copy number variations, which can not be detected by conventional karyotyping and are linked among others to the development of congenital anomalies, mental retardation and autism.

Whole Exome Sequencing

Whole exome sequencing analysis is a broad genetic analysis used to sequence the coding region of all known human genes. It is recommended to patients presenting with complex phenotype and an unclear clinical diagnosis. The analysis can be performed to the affected individual alone, or to the patient and his parents at the same time (Trio analysis).

We can help you: (+30) 210 68 03 130

Genesis Genoma Lab laboratory is staffed by Geneticists and Biologists with clinical and laboratory experience in genetic diagnostics.

E-Learning Course

Genesis Genoma works as a key contributor to the joint medical-genetic distance education program offered for the first time in Greece and implemented by the Center for Lifelong Learning of the University of Ioannina, with the head of the Professor of the Medical School of the University of Ioannina , John Georgiou.

The main part of the training (32 weeks) is carried out remotely, on a specially developed e-learning platform, while the laboratory practice takes place in the high quality facilities of our laboratory.

There is the unique opportunity for the trainees to gain practical experience in the subject of Genetic Medicine…

Frequently Asked Questions

Monday to Friday, from 08:30 to 15:30.

No, you can eat and drink whatever you wish before the blood draw. The sample can be taken at any time during the day.

The laboratory receives samples between Monday and Friday 08.30 – 15.30. Samples for NIPT should arrive at the laboratory by Thursday at 13.00.

No, these samples are collected by a specialized gynaecologist and should be sent or brought to the laboratory promptly after the collection.

No, Professors of Medical Genetics E. Kanavakis and A. Mayrou are available for genetic counseling sessions before and after the completion of genetic test performed in our laboratory.