Professor Emmanouil (Manolis) Dermitzakis
Manolis Dermitzakis is currently a Louis-Jeantet Professor of Genetics in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development of the University of Geneva Medical School. He obtained his B.Sc. in 1995 and M.Sc. in 1997 in Biology from the University of Crete (Greece) (with Prof. Lefteri Zouros) and his PhD in 2001 from the Pennsylvania State University in the US (with Prof. Andrew Clark), 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 previously was an Investigator and Senior Investigator at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute since April 2004. His current research focuses on the genetic basis of regulatory variation and gene expression variation in the human genome (see also http://www.sanger.ac.uk/humgen/genevar), the processes that govern non-coding DNA evolution. He has authored and co-authored more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and many of them in journals such as Nature, Science and Nature Genetics. His papers have attracted more than 8500 citations and his H-index is 32. His research is supported by the Louis-Jeantet Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the European Commission and the NIH. He is also the recipient of an ERC starting grant. He has been invited to give talks and keynote lectures in the most prestigious genetics meeting in the world and is the organizer of multiple training courses including the Wellcome Trust HapMap course and 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. He currently serves in the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science, and he is a Senior Editor in PLoS Genetics.