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Dimitris Kletsas, PhD

Dimitris Kletsas is Research Director and leads the Laboratory of Cell Proliferation & Ageing in the Institute of Biology in the National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos" in Athens, Greece. He holds a PhD degree in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Athens, obtained in 1992. Post-doctorate studies in EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), Heidelberg, Germany; Laboratory for Enzyme Research, Institute of Biology, NCSR "Demokritos", Athens; and Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, St. Mary's Hospital, Imperial College, London, UK. Since 1998 faculty member in the Institute of Biology in NCSR "Demokritos". Served as a member of the National Council of Research and Technology (Biology Brach) and as National Expert for the FP6 of EU. Member of the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals. Also member of several Greek and International Scientific Societies; currently Secretary General of the Hellenic Society for Biochemisty and Molecular Biology and Board member in the European Tissue Repair Society.

His group focuses on a. the mechanisms of tissue repair, the role of growth factors and their signaling pathways, and b. the mechanisms of replicative- and stress-induced cellular senescence and its role in age-related disorders (including cancer, intervertebral disc degeneration and chronic wounds). This work aims also in the development of cell replacement therapies and the evaluation of bioactive compounds with anti-ageing, anti-cancer and wound healing activities. He published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, EMBO J., Biomaterials, Cancer Res., J. Biol. Chem., Mol. Cancer Res., Arterioscl. Thromb. Vasc. Biol., Cell Signal., DNA Repair, J. Cell. Physiol. and Mech. Ageing Dev. Funded by research grants from EU (FP5, FP6 and FP7), Greek Secretary for Research and Technology, AO Foundation, as well as from the industry.

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Dr. Dimitris Kletsas
Research Director
Head, Laboratory of Cell Proliferation & Ageing
Institute of Biology
NCSR "Demokritos"
153 10 Athens, Greece

Tel: +30 210 6503565 or 6503561
Fax: +30 210 6511767
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