Dr. Dimitrios P. Vlachakis

MSc, MPhil, PhD, FGS, MRSC, MRSB, MRSMed
Asst Professor - Group Leader


I lead the darkDNA group at the Genetics Laboratory (headed by Prof. Elias Eliopoulos) at the Biotechnology Department, School of Applied Biology and Biotechnology of the Agr. University of Athens. I am a passionate drug hunter. I am a medical biochemist with postgraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral studies in the eminent fields of genetics, epigenetics, evo-devo, gwas, medicinal chemistry, pharmacophore elucidation and drug discovery. Since 2022 I serve as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Structural Bioinformatics and as the deputy editor in chief for EMBnet journal. I was recently elected as an Executive Board member and P&PR PC member of EMBnet. To date, I have published more than 200 original peer-reviewed articles, 10 ISBN books, 4 scientific patents and have been on the receiving end of numerous grants and awards.

I love reading books about imaginary worlds that coincidentally have so much in common with ours (Dune, Middle Earth, Earthsea). Imagination, rather than scientific manuals, has after all been the primary source of inspiration for my research. You see, current technology is not sufficient and we know only so much about the microcosmos and the molecular world that sometimes ones intuition is the best alternative. I enjoy spending time with my wife & daughter, good music, a retro movie in low resolution and a quiet moment. I couldn't agree more with Bilbo Baggins when he asserted that 'it is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life'. Totally love what I do for living and live each day hoping that there will be another one...

My Current Appointments:




* Professor (As) in Genetics & Head and PI of darkDNA
darkDNA group, Genetics Laboratory, Biotechnology Department
School of Applied Biology and Biotechnology, Agr University of Athens




* Researcher B level (Associate Professor) on Precision Medicine & Genetics
University Research Institute of Maternal and Child Health and Precision Medicine
Medical School Athens, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens




* Principal Affil Investigator in Medical Genetics & Multi-Omics
Lab of Metabolism and Endocrinology at the Basic Research Unit
Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens




* Vice President of Hellenic HTA
Health Technology Assessment Committee
Representative of the of Greek HTA at the European Commission
Hellenic National Organization for Medicines (EOF)

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Dimitrios P. Vlachakis