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Greek Professor Joins UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences

A distinguished Greek diaspora scientist specializing in cardiovascular genomics, Professor Panayiotis Deloukas of the William Harvey Research Institute and Queen Mary University of Medicine, London has been elected a member of the U.K.’s internationally renowned Academy of Medical Sciences.

Deloukas is among the top 48 scientists (16 are women), most of them British, who were selected as new members of the Medical Academy from among 410 candidates.

Following their election, the total number of members in the academy will be 1,262. The ceremony to welcome the new members will be held on June 27.

Deloukas obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece and MSc in Microbiology from University Paris 7, France. He received his PhD from the Biozentrum University of Basel, Switzerland in 1991.

He joined the Sanger Centre in 1994 where he set up a high-throughput pipeline for radiation hybrid mapping, leading an effort to map 30,000 gene markers, GeneMap98.

Panos was an active member of the Human Genome Project coordinating the sequencing and analysis of chromosomes 10 and 20.

After the completion of the HGP he joined the International HapMap project constructing SNP maps of the human genome.

Since 2005 he is studying the molecular basis of common disease and variable response to drugs in humans through large-scale genetic studies.

He joined the William Harvey Research Institute at Queen Mary University London in September 2013 working on the genomics of coronary artery disease and lipid levels.

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