Inaugural Dean of Life Sciences and Biotech: Spiros Agathos. Ph.D. joins YT

Inaugural Dean of Life Sciences and Biotech: Spiros Agathos. Ph.D. joins YT

Yachay Tech University has named Spiros Agathos, Ph.D. as Dean of the School of Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering.

Agathos was born and raised in Greece where he attended the National Technical University of Athens, graduating in with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He obtained a Master’s degree in the same field from McGill University in Montreal (Canada) and obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from the Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. Leading up to his tenure at Louvain, Spiros was a faculty member of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) and the same department at Rutgers University (New Jersey) with a joint appointment as the Principal Investigator of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology (Rutgers).

In 1993 he moved to the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, where he was a full Professor and, he served as the Head of the Unit of Bioengineering, within the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering until October 2015.

His research interests include biomedical engineering, applied and environmental microbiology, animal cell structure and enzyme technology, disciplines that have led him to publish nearly 180 indexed publications and own four patents.

Professor Agathos has received many awards and distinctions, being elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (USA, 2014) and also of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. He is an Executive Board Member of the Belgian Society for Microbiology, of the Belgian Chapter of the International Water Association (B-IWA) and serves as Co-Chair, Environmental Section, of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB). Additionally, he has served as Editor or member of Editorial Boards of a dozen scientific journals and has participated in numerous international committees both for the organization of scientific events and for science and technology policy.

“Spiros is a truly interdisciplinary researcher. His initial training as a Chemical Engineer and his subsequent career as a Biochemist and Bioengineer make him uniquely qualified to lead our new school of Life Sciences and Biotechnology which, as all schools at YachayTech, combine excellence in both pure science and engineering” says Ares Rosakis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Yachay Tech. Agathos appointment is effective November 1st 2015 and has stated that he is “excited to start his tenure at Yachay Tech, and work to implement clear goals that will aim for excellence by being strategically selective on a few, carefully chosen areas of research relevant to local and regional necessities”

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