Assistant Professor - Biomedical Sciences, Research Center Alexander Fleming
Dr Antigone Dimas is Assistant Professor (Researcher C) of Human Genomics at Biomedical Sciences Research Center Alexander Fleming. Her main interest is to understand how genetic variation shapes complex traits and disease risk.
Dr Dimas studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. She obtained her MSc in Human Evolution and Genetics from the Dept. of Biological Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
After a brief stint in journalism, she won a Wellcome Trust PhD scholarship to study at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge, where she explored the role of regulatory DNA in different human populations and tissues. She continued her work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre For Human Genetics and the University of Oxford, and later at the University of Geneva Medical School.
In 2011, after receiving Marie Curie and EMBO fellowships, she returned to Greece to help establish a group working on human genomics. She is involved in projects focusing on obesity-related disease (in collaboration with the University of Geneva, Harokopio University and Laiko Hospital), on breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (with NCSR Dimokritos and McGill University) and on a congenital form of female infertility (with Paidon Aghia Sophia Hospital). In 2014 she was awarded the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. In late 2016 she was awarded a 1.5 million Euro European Research Council Starting Grant to study the molecular impact of fasting in humans.
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