Hermis Iatrou was born on March 28, 1968, in Athens, Greece. He received the B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Athens (1985–1989) and the Ph.D. degree in polymer science from the same university under the supervision of Professor Nikos Hadjichristidis (1989–1993). Iatrou received the Postdoctoral degree in neutron scattering of labeled polymers in the Institute of Nuclear Radiation in Juelich in Germany under the supervision of Professor Dieter Richter (1994-1995). In 2002–2009, he was an Assistant Professor at the Chemistry Department, University of Athens, Athens, Greece. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Professor at the Chemistry Department, University of Athens. In 2010, Iatrou was the Director of the Graduate Project of the Chemistry Department of the University of Athens, entitled “Polymer Science and Its Applications.” Since 2011, he has been the Head of Section II of the Chemistry Department at the same university. His research interests are synthesis of poly(methylmethacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) copolymers (radical polymerization); synthesis, characterization, and hydrodynamic and morphological properties of model miktoarm star co-, ter-, and quaterpolymers of the A2B, ABC, A2B2, ABCD, and (A)3B(A)3 type (anionic polymerization); synthesis of regular multiarm and asymmetric stars (anionic polymerization); neutron scattering experiments of partially labeled copolymers; correction, evaluation, and fitting the data of the neutron scattering experiments; synthesis of highly pure N-carboxy anhydrides of α-amino acids; ring opening polymerization of N-carboxy anhydrides of α-amino acids; synthesis, characterization, and bioapplications of well-defined polypeptides; drug and gene delivery using polypeptide chimeras; synthesis of multifunctional amphiphilic chimeras that will encapsulate drugs and genes and will bypass the intra- and extracellular barriers to deliver them efficiently and targeted to cancer cells. Iatrou was also a Visiting Scientist at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Ottawa, Canada, in October 1992, under the supervision of Dr. Jacques Roovers.
Biography Updated on 5 August 2012