Nikos Hatzakis receives award for his contribution to science in Europe – University of Copenhagen

30 August 2019

Nikos Hatzakis receives award for his contribution to science in Europe

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Nikos Hatzakis, Associate Professor from Department of Chemistry and Nano-Science Center, has been awarded for his contribution to science in Europe.

Nikos Hatzakis, Associate Professor from Department of Chemistry and Nano-Science Center, has been awarded for his contribution to science in Europe.

"This year I together with K Daskalakis (MIT) were awarded for our contribution in Science in Europe and USA respectively as young PI's . The award was initiated and took place in the region of Crete in the present of the governor of Crete, vise ministers, city mayors  as well members of the Greek parliament. This resulted in a wealth of invitations for interviews in TV channels, radio stations as well as magazines (that only accepted 2 due to be in the middle of my holidays)

My selection was based on a "wealth of breakthrough scientific contribution in the field of biology and Biotechnology” as well as a series of "prestigious fellowships”  and participation in "centers of Excellence”.

The main objective of my group is to augment our understanding on the inner workings of proteins and decode how structural dynamics encode protein’s behavior. We focus on key protein systems carrying out the fundamental processes of life: Deciphering CRISPR protein specificity for tailored gene editing; Correlating conformational sampling to plasticity for P450 oxidoreductases and provide ligands to control hormonal levels and metabolic disorders; Deconvoluting insulin aggregation pathways for advanced biomedicine, and enzymes behavior for tailoring their function for industrial application, to mention a few.

Hatzakis was awarded the prestigious Villum Young Investigator, directed to especially talented up-and-coming researchers in science and technology, followed by the “distinguished associate professor” fellowship from Carlsberg that supports outstanding newly appointed associate professors with international experience to establish an independent research group or environment. My group is part of centers of excellence such as BIONEC from Villum foundation and associated with the NovoNordisk center for BioDelivery, as well as the NovoNordisk center for Protein Research (CPR)."