Michael Kassiou was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1966. He received his B.S. degree with honors from the University of NSW, Sydney, Australia, in 1988 and the Ph.D. degree in 1992. He works as a Visiting Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Baltimore, Md, USA, and he was awarded a Fogarty International Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, USA, in 1996. He serves currently as a Professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Sydney and as the Head of the Drug Discovery Research Unit at the Brain and Mind Research Institute. His research covers an exciting and diverse range of fields including drug design and development, medicinal chemistry, neuropharmacology, and molecular imaging. His group is primarily concerned with the understanding of drug-protein and drug-binding site interactions in order to obtain structure-activity relationships of bioactive CNS molecules. This allows the rationale design of more efficacious treatments for diseases of the brain. In addition, by using molecular imaging techniques within these fields, we are able to better understand the living brain through in vivo studies. He is on the editorial boards of several medicinal chemistry and drug-design journals and serves as a Thematic Editor for the Current Pharmaceutical Design journal.
Biography Updated on 7 March 2011