President,
Synthetic Genomics

Aris Patrinos received his undergraduate degree from the National Technical University of Athens and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, a Member of the American Geophysical Union, a Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a Member of the Greek Technical Society.  Dr. Patrinos is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including three Presidential Rank Awards and two Secretary of Energy Gold Medals, as well as an honorary doctorate from the National Technical University of Athens. Currently, Dr. Patrinos is the president of Synthetic Genomics. before that, he was the director of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research at the US Department of Energy (DOE), directing the department's research activities in human and microbial genome research, structural biology, nuclear medicine and health effects and global environmental change. Dr. Patrinos is well known for his leading role in the development of the US Human Genome Project. In addition, he helped create the Joint Genome Institute and developed and launched the Genomes to Life Program, a research program dedicated to developing technologies to use microbes for innovative solutions to energy and environmental challenges.

http://www.syntheticgenomics.com/corporate.htm

Head, Genome Biology Program
DOE-Joint Genome Institute, USA
+1-925-296-5718
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Nikos Kyrpides received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Crete, Greece, in 1996. His work involved transcriptional regulation and signal transduction of cytokines in human cells. He then pursued postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Carl Woese at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Department of Microbiology. There he participated in the analysis of archaeal and bacterial genomes and the evolution of information processing systems. In 1998, he moved to the department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Argonne National Laboratory, in the group of Ross Overbeek, where he did research in genome-wide analysis of microbial organisms. In 1999, he turned to industry by joining the newly founded Integrated Genomics Inc, leading the development of its genome analysis pipeline. Nikos joined JGI in 2004 to lead its Genome Biology Program. His group is primarily responsible for the analysis of microbial genomes as well as the development of novel methods and approaches for comparative analysis, including large-scale function prediction and the design of cellular and metabolic pathway collections.

http://www .jgi.doe.gov/whoweare/kyrpides.html

Professor,
University of Ioannina,
26510-98372
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Costas Drainas holds a degree in Biology (University of Patras, 1972) and PhD in Biochemistry-Molecular Genetics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK (1977). During his Postdoctoral studies at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA, 1977-1981), he specialized in the analysis of the metabolic regulation and bioenergetics of nematode fungi in the laboratory of Professor Richard Weiss. He then received an EMBO fellowship and continued his postdoctoral studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, UK (1981-1982) in the area of the fungi molecular biology. On 1982 he returned to Greece to pursue further his research activities and teaching at the Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, where he continues working until today as a Professor of Biochemistry-Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. His research activities include: horizontal gene transfer, plasmid stability, and mobility, molecular basis of osmoregulation of saccharophilic and halophilic bacteria, molecular basis of genetic diversity of ice nucleation genes, microbial diversity in extreme environments (such as those of high salinity, or high oil contamination), as well as in grapes and wine. His research has been supported from several National and European funding agencies and programs. Dr. Drainas has served as a National Representative in the 12th DG Research committee of the European Union (Program in Biotechnology, 1994-1999) and member of the National Advisory Council of Research (1999-2001).

http://www.uoi.gr/schools/chemistry/index.files/en/index.files/Page4707.htm

Associate Professor,
University of Athens,
210-724-3345
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Amalia Karagouni-Kurtsou holds a Biology degree and PhD from University of Warwick, UK (1979). She is currently Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Biology, Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research program is focusing on several issues of Genetics and Applied Microbiology, Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology. More specifically her research activities include isolation of microorganisms from peculiar ecosystems in Greece, their identification through phenotypic and genotypic characteristics, isolation and analysis of total DNA and identification of genes from environmental samples and analysis of environmental food samples for the identification of genetically modified DNA. She participates in more than 20 funded research programs over the last few years. She has organized several international conferences both in Greece and abroad and she is a member of many international scientific associations. Dr. Karagouni-Kurtsou is a member of the scientific council of Biotechnology for the genetically modified organisms under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture.

http://www.cc.uoa.gr/biology/cv/KaragouniGr.htm

Associate Professor,
University of Thessaly,
24210-93082
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Konstantinos Kormas holds a degree in Biology and PhD in Marine Biology from University of Athens. He pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Trondhjem, Norway and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA where he focused on molecular biodiversity of marine prokaryotic organisms from extreme environments. With his return to Greece he collaborated with University of Athens and since 2005 he serves as Associate Professor in marine microbial ecology at the Department of Animal Production & Aquatic Environment, University of Thessaly. His current research studies are focusing on the identification of the biodiversity of hot springs and deep sea mud volcanoes. He is a member of the administrative board of the Association of Greek Oceanographers since 2003.

http://www.geocities.com/kostaskormas/cv.html

Professor,
University of Ioannina,
26410-74114
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Kostas Bourtzis holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Patras. During his postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), in Crete, and Yale University, he studied the symbiotic relationships between bacteria and insects, concentrating on the bacterium Wolbachia which is the most abundant intracellular symbiotic organism on the planer. He has shown that by controlling the reproductive functions of its host, Wolbachia can: (a) be used as an environmentally friendly tool for the population control of insect parasites without the use of chemical insecticides and (b) have important role in the speciation and the increase of biodiversity. He coordinated the European Wolbachia Project which included the genome sequencing of three bacterial strains. He currently is Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biochemistry at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Management, University of Ioannina, where he continues his studies on symbiotic bacteria as well as on environmental microbiology and genomics.

http://www.env.uoi.gr/bourtzis.html

Researcher,
Institute AgroBiotechnology
26410-74114
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Christos Ouzounis is a biologist by training with studies in computer science and protein chemistry. He previously worked on various areas of computational biology, and contributed to the formation of this field in the 1990s, including the organization of conferences, the co-founding of the International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB) and his role as an Associate Editor for the journal Bioinformatics. He served for a period of nine years as Group Leader at the European Bioinformatics Institute, and he is currently heading an initiative for the formation of a Computational Genomics Unit in Greece, as a Research Director at the Center for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH).

http://www.ebi.ac.uk/research/CGG/index.html

Professor,
University of Crete
2810-394-369
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Nikos Panopoulos holds a degree in Agricultural Sciences and PhD from University of California at Berkeley (UCB), USA, where he served as a faculty member from 1974-1994. Since then, he is a Professor Emeritus of UCB and a Professor in the Section of Biotechnology and Applied Biology in the Department of Biology, University of Crete. Dr Panopoulos is also a collaborating Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), which is part of the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH). His research activities are focusing on Molecular Phytopathology and Environmental Microbiology. He has served as a member of several scientific committees in the US (NIH, USDA, DOE) and in Greece (Ministries for the Environment, Agriculture, Development) and President of the Scientific council of the National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF). He has also co-invented 5 patents. Among his many scientific and technological activities is the application of biotechnological methods for the biological treatment of agricultural damages due to frost and the discovery of the gene complex hrp in phytopathogenic bacteria.

http://www.imbb.forth.gr/groups/plant.html

Professor,
Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
2310-998-324
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Zacharias Scouras holds a PhD in Genetics (1983) from the Department of Biology, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (AUT). He then received a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Institute and specialized in Molecular Genetics at the Max-Planck-Institute in Munich and Tubingen, Germany. Later, with EMBO fellowship he worked at the University of Umea, Sweden. His research interests are focusing on issues of Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution of various organisms, in an attempt to explore and delineate the relationships between genotype - environment - phenotype. Since 1998 he serves as Professor of Genetics in the Department of Biology of the AUT. He is head of the research program in the Identification of the Genetic Material in the Department of Biology. He is the author of several books and research papers. He has served in a large number of committees at National and European level and has been the President of the Greek Society for BioSciences for four years. Since 2003 he is the President of the Department of Biology at the AUT.

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