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May 6, 2021

BioHIT ePresentation | Use of systems biology approaches to understand better DNA Damage responses across the tree of life | Prof. A. Georgakilas

The BioHIT group of SKEL | The AI Lab, organises an online presentation on Tuesday 18 May at 12.00 with invited speaker Professor Alexandros G. Georgakilas, entitled Use of systems biology approaches to understand better DNA Damage responses across the tree of life.

In this presentation, Dr Georgakilas will briefly discuss the role of DNA damage response (DDR) mechanisms in securing cellular and organism integrity. Examples will be focusing on humans but also present evidence for similarities across the tree of life. Emphasis will be given to exogenous types of stresses like ionizing radiation. Various levels of supporting evidence underline the strong association and communication between DDR and immune response pathways.

Speaker Bio

Dr Alexandros Georgakilas is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, School of Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. At Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA, Dr Georgakilas completed post-doctoral research as a research associate in the Biology Department from 2001-2003 under the supervision of Dr Betsy Sutherland and developed his own research laboratory as an Associate Professor with tenure at the Biology Department of East Carolina University until 2012. Overall, Dr Georgakilas has been an active non-stop researcher in the field of Radiation Biology for more than twenty (25) years.

He has also received awards such as the Young Investigator Travel Award from Radiation Research Society, Radiation Research Society SIT Award, ECU Thomas Harriot College Research Award, and the prestigious Terashima Award from Japan Radiation Research Society. His work at ECU as Principal Investigator (PI) has been funded by various sources like East Carolina University, NCI, NC Biotechnology Center and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). His quality research work has been published in more than one hundred (120) peer-reviewed high profile journals like Genome Biology, Seminars in Cancer Biology, Radiation Research, Cancer Letters, Cancer Research, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Journal of Cell Biology and Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA and more than 10000 citations. In addition, he has been able to produce already eight (54) publications from his laboratory at NTUA (Greece).

Last but not least and in recognition of his major contributions in the field he has been appointed the Editor-in-Chief in the Journal of Biochemical Technology 2012-2015, Associate Editor Position for Cancer Letters, Radiation Research, and several other well-recognized journals. Dr Georgakilas was invited as a Guest Editor for a Special Issue of Frontiers in Genetics, Seminars in Cancer Biology, Mutation Research, Cancer Letters and Current Molecular Medicine and has hold invited Editorial positions for different books projects (Science Publishers and InTech).

The recording is available here.


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