Current Committee

2014 – 2015

President: Lycourgos Sophoulis

profileTreasurer: Tanya Pankratova

Secretary: Alexander Breton

Social Secretary: Afroditi Pekou

Sports Secretary: Alan Knapman

AchSenior Member: Dr Achillefs Kapanidis

Professor of Biological Physics and Fellow of St Cross College
Rm 222b, Clarendon Laboratory, Department of Physics
Oxford OX1 3PU

After completing a degree in Chemistry at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, I have obtained a doctorate in Biological Chemistry at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA). After hold research scientist positions in single-molecule biophysics at Berkeley and UCLA, I started a research group at Oxford Physics in 2005. My group (“Gene Machines”) uses ultrasensitive microscopy to study biological machinery involved in gene expression, maintenance, and regulation. Our main tool is single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy, a technique that measures nanometre distances and molecular interactions in real time. Our work is multidisciplinary, combining optics, spectroscopy, biochemistry, molecular biology, computation, molecular modelling, and signal processing. I have been serving as the senior member of the Greek Society since January 2013.