Research Director, Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (IMBB), Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Greece

Dimitris Kafetzopoulos was born in Athens in 1959. He studied Biology at the University of Thessaloniki and Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. In 1994, he was awarded the doctorate degree in Applied Biology and Biotechnology from the Dept. of Biology of the University of Crete for his research in enzyme conversions. He has been an EMBO, HFSPO and EU postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leiden. Since 1997, he is a Principal Investigator at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), leading the research group of Post-Genomic Applications. His research interests include drug development methodologies, multi-analyte devices, comprehensive post-genomic data analysis, biomedical informatics and more recently ancient DNA analysis and personal genomics. He has participated and coordinated several national and European research projects, including research contracts with the pharmaceutical industry, multidisciplinary research and technology foresight projects. For his inventive and innovative research, he has been awarded by the Greek Patent Office. He is also teaching post-genomic methodologies and innovation management at the University of Crete graduate program.