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Kalosakas Georgios

Kalosakas Georgios Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Science, University of Patras

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Last updated: January 2015


PhD in Physics, Department of Physics, University of Crete, Greece
M.Sc. in Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics, University of Crete, Greece
Diploma in Physics, Department of Physics, University of Athens, Greece


Previous Employment/Occupation:

Jan. 2004 - Febr. 2006: Guest Scientist, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany
July 2000 - Nov. 2003: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Febr. 2000 - July 2000: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Crete, Greece


Research Activities:

  • Statistical and dynamical properties of base-pair thermal openings in DNA. Connection of physical properties with biological function.
  • Electronic parameters for charge transport along DNA.
  • Low-dimensional condensed matter and nonlinear systems.
  • Mechanical and vibrational properties of graphene and related materials.
  • Energy or charge transfer, electronic properties, and intrinsic localized modes, in small chemical molecules and biomolecules.
  • Biomolecular networks and systems biology.
  • Controlled drug release.
  • Electron-phonon interactions, polarons, vibrational polarons.
  • Energy localization in nonlinear lattices, charge transfer molecular solids, and organic materials.


Participation in Research Projects:

  • Collaborating investigator of the ERC Advanced Grant 'Tailoring graphene to withstand large deformations' (grant agreement 321124), funded (2M EUR) by the European Research Council, EU (2013-2018).
  • Member of the 'Crete Center for Quantum Complexity and Nanotechnology', funded (~5M EUR) by EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1), grant agreement n 316165 (2013-2016).
  • Member of the main research group of the Thales program 'Mathematical modeling of complex systems with applications to physics, biomedicine and the technology of materials', funded (600K EUR) from EU and the Greek State (2012-2015).
  • Member of the main research group of the Thales program 'Graphene and its nanocomposites: production, properties and applications', funded (600K EUR) from EU and the Greek State (2012-2015).
  • Member of the main research group of the Thales program 'Modeling the dynamic progression of cellural aging through the development of systems biology and bioinformatics tools', funded (600K EUR) from EU and the Greek State (2012-2015).
  • Principal investigator of the C. Caratheodory C155 program 'Statistical and dynamical properties of thermal openings in double stranded DNA', funded (24K EUR) from the Research Committee of University of Patras (2007-2010).



Around 45 publications in refereed journals.


Conference Participation/Attendance:

Participation in more than 70 conferences-workshops-schools.


Teaching Activities:

Teaching in the Materials Science Dept., Univ. of Patras (since 2006):
Undergraduate Teaching: Special Topics on Mechanics, Numerical Analysis I and II, Cell Biology I and II, Applied Mathematics II, Physics III Laboratory (electromagnetism), and Materials Science V Laboratory (solid state physics).
Graduate course: Materials Modeling II (Biomaterials part).
Graduate seminar: Physical Chemistry of Biopolymers.
Supervision of 8 Diploma Theses and 3 Master Theses.

Participation in the interdepartmental graduate program Informatics in Life Sciences of Univ. of Patras.

Febr. - July 2000: Visiting Lecturer in the Physics Dept., Univ. of Crete, teaching Solid State Physics II.
1991 - 1997: Teaching Fellow at the Physics Dept., Univ. of Crete, tutoring in Statistical Physics, Mathematics III (ODEs) and IV (PDEs), Laboratory: Physics I (mechanics), II (electromagnetism), and III (optics).



1995: B. Xanthopoulos-St. Pnevmatikos award of the Physics Dept. of Univ. of Crete for the best graduate student.
1991 - 1996: EMY (Special Graduate Fellowship of the Greek Government).
1991 - 1997: Studentship from the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH).
Jan. - June 1995: ERASMUS fellowship of European Union for accomplishing part of my Thesis at the research center CEA-CNRS, Saclay, France.
Sept. 1995: Travel Fellowship from the European Union.
Sept. 2002: Travel Fellowship from the American Physical Society.
Aug. 2004: Fellowship from Ecole de Physique, Universite Joseph Fourier, for participation in the Les Houches summer school on "Multiple Aspects of DNA and RNA: from Biophysics to Bioinformatics".



Selected Publications:

  • A. Hadjitheodorou and G. Kalosakas, "Analytical and numerical study of diffusion-controlled drug release from composite spherical matrices", Materials Science and Engineering C 42, 681 (2014).
  • G. Kalosakas and E. Spanou, "Distance dependence of hole transfer rates from G radical cations to GGG traps in DNA", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 15, 15339 (2013).
  • G. Kalosakas, N. N. Lathiotakis, C. Galiotis, and K. Papagelis, "In-plane force fields and elastic properties of graphene", Journal of Applied Physics 113, 134307 (2013).
  • A. Apostolaki and G. Kalosakas, "Targets of DNA-binding proteins in bacterial promoter regions present enhanced probabilities for spontaneous thermal openings", Physical Biology 8, 026006 (2011).
  • L.G.D. Hawke, G. Kalosakas, and C. Simserides, "Electronic parameters for charge transfer along DNA", European Physical Journal E 32, 291 (2010)
  • G. Kalosakas, K.O. Rasmussen, A.R. Bishop, C.H. Choi, and A. Usheva, "Sequence-specific thermal fluctuations identify start sites for DNA transcription", Europhysics Letters 68, 127 (2004).
  • C.H. Choi, G. Kalosakas, K.O. Rasmussen, M. Hiromura, A.R. Bishop, and A. Usheva, "DNA dynamically directs its own transcription initiation", Nucleic Acids Research 32, 1584 (2004).
  • G. Kalosakas, A.R. Bishop, and A.P. Shreve, "Nonlinear disorder model for Raman profiles in naturally abundant PtCl", Physical Review B 66, 094303 (2002).
  • K.O. Rasmussen and G. Kalosakas, "Improved numerical algorithm for exploring block copolymer mesophases", Journal of Polymer Science B: Polymer Physics 40, 1777 (2002).
  • G. Kalosakas, K.O. Rasmussen, and A.R. Bishop, "Delocalizing transition of Bose-Einstein condensates in optical lattices", Physical Review Letters 89, 030402 (2002).
  • G. Kalosakas, S. Aubry, and G.P. Tsironis, "Polaron solutions and normal-modes analysis in the semiclassical Holstein model", Physical Review B 58, 3094 (1998).
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