...the dark DNA group...

We are part of the Genetics Laboratory, Biotechnology Department, School of Applied Biology and Biotechnology at the Agricultural University of Athens.

Our research interests revolve around four distinct, yet intersecting, areas:

--> Drug Design, Drug Repurposing and Molecular Modelling
--> Genetics of Stress Mechanisms and Precision Medicine
--> Exosomics, Exosome Cargo & Function, Exosome based RDTs
--> Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data

The darkDNA group encompasses all aspects of modern genetics, bioinformatics, structural and systems biology approaches. The aim is to combine multi-dimensional genomic information, to investigate complex molecular systems, heredity, population genetics and even complex diseases. In fact, the darkDNA group coalesces various fields of state of the art research in genetics into a multidiscipline approach adjusted to meet the needs of the post-Genomic era.

Of particular interest is the development of statistical and computational methodologies to analyze high-throughput microarray and sequencing gene expression experiments, genetic mapping and integrate gene expression profiles, agricultural, animal and human genetics, animal biotechnology, molecular markers and complex phenotypic traits. Special emphasis is given on the development of tools to study of protein fold and structure. Our focus is also on computational statistics, stochastic search algorithms, partition modelling, Bayesian analysis of change-point models, as well as to integrate, store, organize, visualize and enhance the understanding of complex genetic and structural datasets.

The darkDNA group of the Genetics Laboratory of the Agricultural University of Athens, is fully equipped with state of art laboratories for both in vitro and in silico research. Our facilities cover all aspects of gene handling, cloning, protein expression and purification as well as crystallization and structural analysis. On the other hand, there is large infrastructure on the computational biology axis that comprises of local (in house) server and workstation solutions as well as more advances virtual machines and cloud solutions through successful competitive grants and ongoing research projects.

All in all, our research covers several areas of genetics, bioinformatics, functional genomics, transcriptomics, statistics, genome analysis and annotation, by combining both theoretical and empirical analyses; and involves collaborative and independent research. Research at darkDNA is fixated on the integration of multidiscipline and multidimensional approaches into a rather focused and unified study of biological systems. Our pipelines are based on genomic and structural datasets, whose size has recently skyrocketed, providing the means to spawn biological insights, whose deciphering may establish the basis for rapid and reliable scientific success.

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Medical School
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King's College London



You can (usually) find us at:
Agricultural University of Athens,
Iera Odos 75, 11855, Athens, Greece
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+30 210 5294323