Short Curriculum Vitae
Professor John M. Matsoukas
Professor J. Matsoukas (married with three children, two sons, one daughter) was born, June 1st 1946, in Patras, Greece where he grew up and went to school until the age of 18. In 1966 he entered University of Patras where he studied Chemistry for four years, graduating with a Honors B.Sc. degree. In 1973 he entered University of New Brunswick in Canada and graduated in 1978 with a M. Sc. Degree in Chemistry. His dissertation was in the Total Synthesis of Natural Products (Ramulosin). In 1976 started his Ph.D studies in the University of Patras, Greece under the supervision of Professor D. Theodoropoulos in the synthesis and conformational studies of ANG II fragments and trityl amino acid derivatives. He graduated with a Ph.D in 1979 and worked at the Department of Chemistry, University of Patras as Research specialist. In 1981 joined the University of Calgary, Canada, after he has been offered a post doctoral scholarship to work with Professor G. Moore. He worked for three years at the Medical Biochemistry and Pharmacology and Therapeutics Departments on the synthesis and conformational analysis of Angiotensin II and analogues and returned to Patras as lecturer at the University of Patras, Greece. From 1985 till presently, he yearly visited the University of Calgary, collaborating with Professor Moore in a number of projects towards the rational design of non-peptide mimetics for ANG II, GnRH, TRAP and MBP. He is a full Professor in this University since 1995 and served as Head of the Department of Chemistry the period 2005-2007.
Professor Matsoukas, a visiting Professor at the University of Calgary as well, has been invited for lectures from many Universities and Institutions across the world with more than 200 lectures in Greece and Abroad, presenting his findings on Drug Design. Professor Matsoukas has supervised more than hundred MSc and PhD graduate students and trained more than two hundred in undergraduate research projects. He has 111 Publications in high stand journals, 47 Book Chapters and 62 Articles in Conference Proceedings. Professor Matsoukas has been the Guest Editor of sixteen books on Drug Design including Conference Proceedings and since 1993 the Co-ordinator of nine International Conferences in Drug Design and Discovery, which attracted leading scientists in the field.
Professor Matsoukas has been honored for his work by Scientific and Civil Authorities in his country. Among them, by the Academy of Athens, by Country Head of State President C. Stefanopoulos, by the Minister of Development Mr. D. Sioufas, by the Achaia State Governor Mr. D. Katsikopoulos and by the Rector of University of Patras Professor C. Xatzitheodorou.