Professor Emmanouil (Manolis) Dermitzakis
Emmanouil (Manolis) Dermitzakis is currently a Professor of Genetics in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development of the University of Geneva Medical School. He is a member of the executive board of the Institute of Genetics and Genomics in Geneva (iGE3), a member of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, and is also an affiliated Faculty member at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens in Greece and the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. He obtained his B.Sc. in 1995 and M.Sc. in 1997 in Biology from the University of Crete (Greece) and his PhD in 2001 from the Pennsylvania State University in the USA, studying the evolutionary biology and population genetics of regulatory DNA in mammals and Drosophila. His post-doctoral work was at the University of Geneva Medical School, focusing on comparative genome analysis and the functional characterization of conserved non-genic elements. He was an Investigator and Senior Investigator at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute from 2004 to 2009. He was elected an EMBO member in 2014 and was also named Highly Cited Researcher. His current research focuses on the genetic basis of cellular phenotypes and complex traits. He has authored and co-authored more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and many of them in journals such as Nature, Science and Nature Genetics, his papers have been cited more than 24,000 times and his H-index is 58. His research is supported by the Louis-Jeantet Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the European Commission, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is also the recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) grant. He has been invited to give talks and keynote lectures in most of the prestigious genetics meetings and is the organizer of multiple training courses including the Wellcome Trust HapMap course and co-founder and co-organizer of the Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics. He has served as an analysis co-chair in the pilot phase of the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of Dna Elements) consortium and member of the analysis group of the Mouse Genome Sequencing Consortium and the International HapMap project. He had a leading analysis role in the extension of the HapMap (aka HapMap3 project) and is a member of the analysis group of the 1000 genomes project and a co-chair in the GTEx project. He has served in the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science (2006-2011), and he is a Senior Editor in PLoS Genetics and a member of the Board of Reviewing editors for the new scientific journal eLife.