Health: “Computational Approaches to Biology and Health” [8 Nov 2021]


The Workshop aims to highlight the contribution of engineering and computational methods in advancing biological and health sciences. It does so by bringing together top scientists to present their research in advanced genomics, bioinformatics, biomedical engineering and neuroscience along with short presentations from four of the ARCHER fellows.

The workshop is organized in the context of ARCHERS (, a major project implemented by FORTH with the exclusive donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Through ARCHERS, over 100 young doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers have been supported over the past four and a half years and have carried out cutting-edge research in the Institutes of FORTH across a broad range of interdisciplinary thematics including preservation of cultural heritage and tackling of societal challenges such as environment, clean energy and health.

Workshop program [All times are in Eastern European Time (UTC+2)]

15:00 – 15:15 Opening, a few things about ARCHERS
15:15 – 15:45 TBA

Ana Pombo, Deputy Scientific Director, BIMSB, MDC, Professor, Humboldt University of Berlin

15:45 – 16:15 Automating Machine Learning for the Life Sciences with the JADBio platform

Ioannis Tsamardinos, Professor, University of Crete, CEO and Founder JADBIO

16:15 – 17:00 Discussion – break
17:00 – 17:30 TBA

Elisa Konofagou, Professor, Columbia University

17:30 – 18:00 TBA

Nicho Hatsopoulos, Professor, University of Chicago

18:00-18:30 Discussion – break
18:30 – 19:30 Presentations by ARCHERS Fellows

“Tinkering a distorted α/β barrel”
Alexis Molfetas, PhD student, Kokkinidis Lab, IMBB-FORTH,

“Mosquito malaria vectors cloak their legs to resist insecticides”
Mary Kefi, PhD student, Vontas Lab, IMBB-FORTH,

“Brain-like Energy Efficient Image Coding (BRIEFING)”
Froso Doutsi, postdoctoral fellow, Signal Processing Lab Lab, ICS-FORTH

“Breast lesion quantification and characterization from Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound Imaging data”
Giorgos Ioannidis, postdoctoral fellow, Computational Bio-Medicine Laboratory (CBML), ICS-FORTH

19:30 – 20:30 Round Table Discussion