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Vassilis Anastassopoulos - President & CEO

Vassilis was born in Patras, Greece, in 1958. He received the B.Sc. degree in Physics in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Electronics in 1986, both from the University of Patras, Greece. His Ph.D. Thesis was on Digital Signal Processing and Delta Modulation Systems.

From 1980 until 1985 he was employed as a Research Assistant in the Electronics Laboratory, University of Patras. From 1985 until 1987 he served in the Greek Army as a Research Scientist in Communications and Information Department (CID) of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS). Since 1987 he has been a faculty member in Electronics Laboratory, University of Patras, where in 2005 he was elected as a full professor.

He worked for two years in Canadian Universities (Toronto 1989-1990, and Quebec City 1994-1995) dealing with Non-linear Filters, Pattern Recognition, Classification Techniques and Signal Detection in Noise.

His research interests are within the scope of Digital Signal and Image Processing, Radar Signal Detection, Pattern Recognition and Remote Sensing. 
Among his active co-operations is the one with the CAST group at CERN (spokesperson Prof. K. Zioutas), where he is developing signal processing algorithms for possible detection of particles-candidates for the dark matter. The scientific group from DESY with Dr. Axel Lindner (spokesperson of the ALPS experiment in DESY) is also participating in this cooperation project. Simultaneously, he is in close cooperation with the Institute of Geophysics in Ecole Normale Superiere in Paris, in the framework of the creation of Corinth Rift Geophysical Laboratory. 
He has served in the Scientific, Technical or Organizing Committees of various International Conferences. He is a reviewer in a number of scientific journals. 
He was the Head of Physics Department, University of Patras, for the biennium 2001-2003 and 2005-2007.

He was the Vice Rector for Strategic Research Planning and Development in the University of Patras from 2006 to 2010. From 2011 to 2013 he undertook the reestablishment of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Office of the University of Patras.

Petros Koutsoukos - Vice President

Petros Koutsoukos is a Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Patras, Laboratory of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry and collaborating faculty member of FORTH/ICE HT.

He took his degree in Chemistry from the university of Patras (1972), diploma of specialization in Business Administration (1974) (postgraduate degree) from the Athens School of Economics (Institute of Training in Business Administration) and PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1980). He followed post doctoral training in Physical-Colloid Chemistry at the Agricultural State University of Wageningen (The Netherlands).  

In 1981 he joined the University of Patras (Department of Chemistry and since 1989 the Department of Chemical Engineering). He has a research experience of approximately 30 years on the crystallization of inorganic salts from aqueous solutions, physicochemical phenomena at interfaces between solids and water and on metals corrosion. He has over 180 publications in refereed international journals and a large number of citations.

He has participated in various national and EU projects and holds 4 Greek Patents (composite materials), 1 Norwegian (stabilization of concrete structures) and 1 European (stabilization of oil reservoirs). During the period of 1994-2004 he was President and C.E.O. at Patras Science Park S.A. and Director of FORTH/ICE-HT research Institute in 2006-2007. 

Irene Margiolaki - Board Member

Irene Margiolaki is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology of the University of Patras (UPAT, Patras, Greece). She graduated in Physics in 1999 (University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece).

Her D.Phil. thesis on “Structural, Magnetic and Dynamic properties of fullerene- based materials” was completed in 2004 at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, of the University of Sussex, UK (official date of graduation: 20 February 2004). During the period, 2003-2010, she has been employed, initially as a post doctorate fellow and later as an instrument scientist, by the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), in Grenoble, France.

An important part of her research at ESRF (2003-2010) and future research activities is the development of innovative powder diffraction methods for the structural characterisation of biological macromolecules, when data-quality single crystals for X-ray crystallography cannot be obtained. Since 2010, she leads her 15 member research team.

In 2013 she inaugurated an X-ray crystallography laboratory at the department of biology equipped with 2 modern diffractometers for single crystal and powder diffraction measurements.

In 2015, she created a station for protein expression, purification and crystallization at the same department. Her work to date has been awarded by internationally distinguished organizations: 
• 2003 “Blue John Crystal” award from the biological structures group of the British Crystallographic Association (BCA)
• 2006 European Powder Diffraction Conference (EPDIC 10) young scientist award
• 2010 UNESCO- L’OREAL Co-sponsored International fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences. The research related to this award is conducted at three established European institutes (AFMB- Marseille, UPAT- Greece, ESRF- France) and focuses on the structure solution of proteins related to viruses which are expected to cause epidemias in the South Balkan region.
• 2012 Academic and Research Excellence in Higher Education: Promotion and Support, Hellenic Ministry of Education (http://excellence.minedu.gov.gr/listing/139-crystallography)
• 2015 Presentation of research results on the cover and article (page 18) of the recent volume of the ESRF newsletter.

Vassilis Burganos - Board Member

Director of FORTH/ICE-HT; Member of the Board of Directors of FORTH; Research Director; Head of the Laboratory for Simulation of Advanced Materials and Processes. He holds a PhD and an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester, USA.

He has long experience in graduate level teaching and training. His research and development activities have been funded by more than 30 EC, national and industrial projects, and include multi-scale modelling and simulation of flow and mass transport in porous materials; simulation of the porous and nano-structure of materials; membrane-based separations and biomedical applications; substrate micro-patterning using ink-jet techniques; sessile droplet evaporation; soil contamination; filtration; recycling of construction materials into cement kilns. He has taken initiatives to co-found and establish the European Membrane House, to promote networking in European membrane science and technology, to explore market opportunities for the creation of a spin-off company on specialized software, to stimulate strategic collaborations with major international companies.

He has edited 2 books on water resources and 1 book on membranes, edited the MRS Bulletin on Membranes and Membrane Processes, co-authored a booklet on the assessment of environmental risk, and several invited chapters in books. He has organized, chaired or co-chaired a number of international conferences, workshops and symposia in Greece, Europe, and USA.  

Leonidas Maroudas - Board Member

Dr. Leonidas Maroudas was born in Athens, Greece. He is Professor in International Management and Labour Relations at the Department of Business Administration, University of Patras. He holds a four year BSc degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Moreover, he holds a Diplôme d’ Etudes Approfondies – DEA from the Université de Paris VIII and a Doctorat de 3éme Cycle again from the Université de Paris VIII. He was the Director of the M.B.A. Program at the University of the Aegean University (2003 – 2010).

Since 2001, he has been cooperating with Hellenic Open University where he acted as the scientific coordinator of the “Management of Tourism Enterprises” course.  His research interests include International Management, Foreign Direct Investment in Eastern Europe, Human Resource Management, Labour Relations and Workers’ Participation in Management.

His scientific research has been published in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Kleomenis Barlos - Board Member

Professor Dr. Kleomenis Barlos got his Diploma and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Munich in 1976 working in the field of the synthesis and spectroscopic properties of boranes and organo silicon and phosphorous compounds. He has been teaching at the University of Patras since 1980 working on the field of amino acid derivatives, special polymers and peptide and small protein synthesis.

Moreover he founded CBL Patras S.A. in 1989. CBL is specialized in the production of materials with application in the synthesis of peptides and proteins.

Scientific work: He has developed innovative methods of synthesizing peptides and proteins by specific polymers based on trityloritini, considered globally as a major step in the synthesis of oversized peptides and proteins.  

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