We and our genes

The latest major developments in human genome analysis and analysis for the better understanding of the individual as for personalized medicine will be discussed. Moreover, the positive effects but also some modern issues will be analyzed.


Emmanouil (Manolis) Dermitzakis, Professor of Genetics at University of Geneva Medical School

Emmanouil (Manolis) Dermitzakis is currently a Professor of Genetics in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development of the University of Geneva Medical School. He is the Director of The Health2030 Genome Center, a member of the executive board of the Institute of Genetics and Genomics in Geneva (iGE3) and a member of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Swiss Personalized Health Network. He obtained his B.Sc. in 1995 and M.Sc. in 1997 in Biology from the University of Crete (Greece) and his PhD in 2001 from the Pennsylvania State University in the USA, studying the evolutionary biology and population genetics of regulatory DNA in mammals and Drosophila. His post-doctoral work was at the University of Geneva Medical School, focusing on comparative genome analysis and the functional characterization of conserved non-genic elements. He served as the president of the Executive Board of the World Hellenic Biomedical Association (2014-2015). His current research focuses on the genetics and molecular causes of human disease. He has served as an analysis co-chair in the ENCODE consortium and member of the analysis group of the Mouse Genome Sequencing Consortium and the International HapMap project and the 1,000 genomes project and a co-chair in the GTEx project. He has served in the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science, eLIFE and PLoS Genetics.