Panayiotis (Takis) Benos, Computational & Systems Biology,
Associate Professor, Department of Computational & Systems Biology,
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.


Brief biography

Takis Benos received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics but later he was attracted to Molecular Biology. He earned a PhD degree from the Department of Biology, University of Crete for his work on the molecular cloning and phylogenetic characterization of alcohol dehydrogenase genes in Diptera. His post-graduate work included genome analysis and annotation of Drosophila melanogaster with Prof. Michael Ashburner (at EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, U.K.); and the development of probabilistic algorithms for modelling protein-DNA interactions with Prof. Gary Stormo (at Washington University in St. Louis). In 2002 he joined University of Pittsburgh and he is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Computational & Systems Biology, School of Medicine. Since December 2009, he is also co-Director of the Joint CMU-Pitt PhD Program in Computational Biology. His research interests are in the area of computational and systems biology and in particular in the study of gene regulatory networks and their evolution. His work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals such as Nature, Science, PLoS Computational Biology, Genome Research, Genome Biology, etc.

  • Primary affiliation:
    Department of Computational & Systems Biology, School of Medicine, U Pitt
  • Secondary affiliations (U Pitt)
    • Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), Associate Professor
    • Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
    • University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)
      • Cancer Virology Program (CVP)
      • Molecular and Cellular Cancer Biology Program (MCCBP)
  • Affiliation to graduate programs
    • Joint CMU-Pitt PhD Program in Computational Biology (CPCB), co-Director
    • Training Program in Biomedical Informatics (DBMI TP)
    • Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) (MSTP)
    • Program in Integrative Molecular Biology (PIMB)
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Last Updated: November 2, 2010.