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Nikos Kyrpides

molecular biologist: Joint Genome Institute

Media contact: David Gilbert, 925-296-5643,


Nikos' research focuses on the origins, evolution, and diversity of genomic information, as an ideal approach to understand life. His research activities during the last decade have concentrated on the study of the biochemical functions at multiple levels and dimensions, as well as on the design of novel methodology to accomplish that.

The multiple levels include "in silico" function prediction based on (i) mere sequence, (ii) gene/chromosomal context, (iii) phylogenetic or expression profiling, and others.

The multiple dimensions include function prediction of a protein or of a family, "in silico" reconstruction of single functional processes/subsystems, and ultimately the inter-wiring of all individual processes for the design of whole cellular networks.

Recent research

Kyrpides current focus lies on the development of novel computational approaches to study the fundamental aspects of gene function and genome evolution and on understanding the interrelationships between microbial species, communities and their environments.


Postdoctoral work, Lab of Carl Woese, Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Crete, Greece

last updated: 2011-05-03 13:42:57