Professor Vasilis Vasiliou
Professor Vasilis Vasiliou, is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology and the Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Yale School of Public Health. He received his BSc in Chemistry (1983) and PhD in Biochemical Pharmacology (1988) from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He then trained as Fogarty Fellow in gene-environment interactions, molecular toxicology and pharmacogenetics at the Department of Environmental Health in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati (1991-1995). In 1996, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy where he rose through the ranks to become Professor and Director of the Toxicology Graduate Program. Since 2008, he was also Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In July 2014, he joined the faculty of Yale University in his new position.
Professor Vasiliou has established an internationally recognized research program that has been continuously funded by several federal agencies such as NEI/NIH and NIAAA/NIH since 1997. His research interests include mechanisms of cellular responses to environmental stress, gene-environment interactions, alcohol –induced tissue injury, pharmacogenetics and the evolution of gene families. His research focuses on the role metabolism (aldehyde dehydrogenases and cytochrome P-450s) and antioxidants (glutathione and catalase) in human disease (specifically, alcohol-induced tissue injury, diabetes, and cancer). Genetically engineered mouse models and integrated systems approaches that include metabolomics, tissue imaging mass spectrometry and deep-learning are employed to discover biomarkers and to elucidate mechanisms of human disease.
Dr. Vasiliou has published over 200 papers and edited three books on Alcohol and Cancer. He has trained over twenty doctoral and post-doctoral students. Dr. Vasiliou is the editor of Human Genomics and serves on the editorial boards of several toxicology and visual sciences journals.