Marina Appiou Nikiforou


Assistant Professor of Mathematics


Computer Science and Engineering


School of Sciences

Personal profile:

Dr Marina Appiou Nikiforou holds a doctorate degree in Pure Mathematics from the School of Mathematics at the University of South Florida, United States.  She began her studies at University of Cyprus, Cyprus, where she earned a Bachelor in Mathematics.  She continued her postgraduate studies in South Florida, United States, concentrating initially on approximation theory, and later on topology and knot theory.  Upon her return to Cyprus she worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science, Cyprus College.  At 2007 she was appointed assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, European University Cyprus.

Her research interests include Geometric topology and algebraic structures. More specifically, she focuses on Knot theory and quandle cocycles. She is also interested on how technology affects teaching and learning mathematics at college level students.


Ph.D., USF, USA, May 2003

M.S. in Mathematics, USF, USA, June 1998

B.A. in Mathematics, UCY, Cyprus, June 1996.

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Journal articles

M. Appiou Nikiforou, S. Carter, M. Elhamdadi, and M. Saito, “Extensions of quandles and cocycle knot invariants,” Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications, Vol. 12, No. 6 (2003) pages 725-738.

Conference proceedings

M. Appiou Nikiforou, “Mathematical Knots,” in the 7th Pancyprian Conference of Mathematcal Science and Education, Feb 18-20, 2005.

M. Appiou Nikiforou, “The use of technology in teaching and learning the basics of set theory, functions, and relations for freshmen,” in the 13th Pancyprian Conference of the Cyprus Pedagogical Association, Oct 10-11, 2014.

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