Dr. Dimitrios P. Vlachakis

Asst Professor - Group Leader

I lead the Dark DNA 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. My PhD and PostDocs in the USA & the UK led to a series of publications and an international patent on antiviral drugs, which has been hired by Roche pharmaceuticals. Drug hunting & medical research excitement in the pharmaceutical slump is unparallel to any other professional thrill. The odds of success are indeed very slim but the thought of a drug from our lab, making it to clinical trials and thereof to the market is something to hope for and the journey quite rewarding (and addictive). Since 2012 I have been serving as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Molecular Biochemistry 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 140 original peer-reviewed articles, 8 ISBN books, 3 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...

Current Appointments:

* Researcher C on Precision Medicine & Genetics at the University Research Institute of Maternal and Child Health and Precision Medicine. Choremeion Research Laboratory, Agia Sofia General Pediatric Hospital of Athens. National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
* Affiliated Researcher at the Clinical, Experimental Surgery & Translational Research Unit of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens.
* Adjunct Investigator at the Algorithm Design and Bioinformatics Group, Informatics Department, Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at King’s College London.
* Visiting Researcher at the Qatar Genome Programme (QGP) at Sidra Medical & Research Center, Doha, Qatar (joint collaboration with Prof George P Chrousos).


Prof Chris McGuigan - Head of Medicinal Chemistry, WSP, Cardiff University, UK

One of my supervisors during my PhD studies in the UK
Amazing scientist who untimely passed in 2016...

Dimitrios P. Vlachakis