Dimitrios A. Skoufias

Institut de Biologie Structurale, France


Dimitrios A. Skoufias was born in Veria, Greece, in 1962 and he is currently a Group Leader, in the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA), at the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), Grenoble. France. He received his BSc, in Genetics and Cell Biology, from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, USA, (1984) and completed his PhD in Biological Sciences, working in the laboratory of Dr L Wilson, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (1990). He obtained postdoctoral training in molecular motors in the laboratory of Dr J.M. Scholey, at the University of California, Davis, USA. He arrived at the IBS with an EMBO Long Term Fellowship, to work in the laboratory of Dr R.L. Margolis on issues related to cell cycle checkpoints and on 2001 he was recruited by CEA as a Research Scientist. His group uses cell, molecular, biochemical and structural approaches to study the mechanisms involved in the equal distribution of chromosomes during mitosis and how these mechanisms are regulated by centromere / kinetochore associated proteins such as the chromosome passenger complex. His work is coupled with studies on small molecule inhibitors which exert their anti-mitotic function by targeting key proteins involved in cell division such as tubulin and mitotic motors of the kinesin protein superfamily.

Biography Updated on 14 August 2011

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