Panos Soultanas was born in Thessaloniki capital of the Greek province of Macedonia and came to the UK in 1982 to pursue A-level and university studies. He graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK, with a B.S. degree with honors (biochemistry and microbiology) in 1987, and completed his Ph.D. studies in biochemistry and molecular biology at the same university in 1990. His first postdoctoral position was on site-specific recombination at the University of Bristol (1990–1994), under the supervision of Professor Steve Halford (FRS). After spending 12 months in the Greek Army (obligatory military service), he then moved to the University of Crete and spent a year and a half working on gene silencers of the gamma-globin locus. In September 1996, he moved to the University of Oxford where he worked in the group of Dr. Dale B. Wigley (FRS) on the structure and function relationships of DNA helicases. In September 2000, he was appointed as a Lecturer in chemical biology at the School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham. In August 2004, he was promoted to an Associate Professor and a Reader in biological chemistry and from January 2008 to a Chair in biological chemistry. In December 2011, he was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Biology (FSB). His research interests are mechanistic biochemistry and structure/function relationships in the areas of bacterial DNA replication and repair.
Biography Updated on 19 January 2012