National Hellenic Research Foundation,
Institute of Biology, Medicinal Chemistry and Biotechnology
Division of Biological Research and Biotechnology (BRB)
48 Vassileos Constantinou Avenue,
Athens 11635, Greece
Soterios Kyrtopoulos (b. 1948), is the Director of the Laboratory of Chemical Carcinogenesis and Genetic Toxicology at the Institute of Biological Research and Biotechnology, National Hellenic Research Foundation. He graduated in Chemistry from King's College, University of London, in 1969 and obtained his PhD degree in enzymology from the same University in 1972. He entered chemical carcinogenesis research while working at Imperial College and at the Courtauld Institute of Biochemistry, London, before moving to the Institute of Biological Research and Biotechnology, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, in 1979, where he set up the Laboratory of Chemical Carcinogenesis and Genetic Toxicology.
His research interests include the DNA damage and repair, the development of biomarkers of genotoxicity and their application in studies of environmental carcinogenesis and mechanism-based risk assessment. He has participated in a large number of collaborative EU projects, having acted as coordinator in five, focusing on alkylating agents of environmental and clinical significance, mineral fibres and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
He is the author of nearly 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is on the Editorial Board
of "Mutation Research". He has served on many national and international advisory bodies, including the EU Scientific Advisory Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment and the Working Group on Research Needs of the EU "Environment and Health Strategy" initiative (SCALE). He has also served a number of terms as Greek national representative on the European Environmental Mutagen Society Executive Council.