Alexandros Kanterakis

Alexandros Kanterakis

Technical Staff

Computational BioMedicine Laboratory (CBML)
Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)

Nikolaou Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton
GR-70013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Phone: +30 2810 392147

Research Interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Population Genetics
  • Computational Biology
  • Scientific Workflows
  • Web Services
  • Data Mining
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural language processing


  • Student Travel Award. 13th Annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference, Long Beach California, USA, July 2012. Title: PyPedia: A python crowdsourcing development environment for bioinformatics and computational biology
  • 3rd Best Presentation. 10th Hellenic Bioinformatics Conference. Heraklion Greece, September 2017. Title: Arkalos: An open collaborative Workflow Management System for reproducible bioinformatics research

Participation in Research Projects

  • EMODIA - electronic Molecular Diagnostics Assistant - 11_ΣΥΝ10145
  • GEN2PHEN - Genotype-to-Phenotype Databases: A Holistic Solution, EU-FP7-HEALTH-200754
  • INFOBIOMED - Structuring European Biomedical Informatics to Support Individualized Healthcare EU-FP6-IST-507585
  • ACGT - Advancing Clinico-Genomic Clinical Trials on Cancer: Open Grid Services for Improving Medical Knowledge Discovery, EU-FP6-IST-026996
  • PROGNOCHIP - Development and Establishment of DNA Microarray Technology in Greece: Identification and Validation of Classification and Prognosis Molecular Markers for Breast Cancer, GSRT/Greece-EPAN
  • IRAIA - Getting orientation in complex information spaces as an emergent behaviour of autonomous information agents, IST/ 1999-10602

Short CV

Alexandros Kanterakis was born on 30th July 1978 in Athens, Greece. In 1997 he enrolled in Computer Science Department (CSD) of University of Crete (UoC), Greece. During his studies he showed interest in Machine Learning, Data Mining and Pattern Recognition. His graduate thesis was the development of an algorithm for knowledge extraction from large documents that are typically returned from Electronic Health Record Databases. After graduating at 2002, he was accepted as a master student in the bioinformatics postgraduate curriculum of CSD in collaboration with the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH). His supervisors were professor Dr. Stelios Orfanoudakis and Principal Investigator Dr. George Potamias. During his master studies he developed algorithms for classification and clustering of gene expression microarray data. He also participated in studies involving text mining of biomedical corpora and semantic annotation of biomedical information. After finishing his master in 2005, he was employed as a software engineer in the BioMedical Informatics (BMI) laboratory of ICS/FORTH. In 2010 he started his PhD at the genetics department of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in Netherlands. His promoter was professor Dr. Cisca Wijmenga and his co-promoter was professor Dr. Morris A Swertz. During his PhD studies he participated mainly in the imputation part of the analysis of the Genome of the Netherlands. He also conceived the idea of developing a crowdsourcing environment for programming which was developed under the name PyPedia. Since 2014 he is working as a Collaborating Researcher in the Computational BioMedicine Laboratory (CBML) of ICS/FORTH. He is mainly involved in Pharmaco-Genomics studies while he is developing Workflow Management Systems for open and reproducible science. Alexandros currently lives in Heraklion, Crete, Greece with his wife Despoina and his two daughters Eleni and Demetra.

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