Nikos Kyrpides

Kyrpides Nikos

Dr. Kyrpides leads the Microbial Genomes and Metagenomes Super Program at the DOE Joint Genome Institute. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Crete, Greece in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. He performed his postdoctoral work with Carl Woese at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and with Ross Overbeek at the Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Kyrpides’ general scientific interests focus on the origins, evolution and diversity of genomic information. His research activities have been quite diverse but the underlying common theme is to understand the structure and function of microorganisms and microbial communities. To achieve that, his research program is focused on the development of novel computational approaches to study the fundamental aspects of gene and genome evolution and understand the interrelationships between microbial species, communities and their environments. Dr. Kyrpides has been also leading the development of state of the art data management systems for the analysis of microbial genomes and metagenomes (IMG database) and their associated metadata (GOLD database).

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