Nikos Kyrpides

Dr. Kyrpides was born in Greece where he studied Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received his PhD in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Crete in 1996.

He then turned into Microbiology pursuing his postdoctoral studies with Carl Woese at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1999 to 2004 he led the Bioinformatics core in a biotech company in Chicago, IL.

He joined the DOE Joint Genome Institute in 2004 to lead the Genome Biology Program. He founded the Prokaryotic Super Program in 2011 and the Microbiome Data science group, both of which he continues to lead.

Dr. Kyrpides has over 25 years of research experience in microbiome research, computational biology, bioinformatics, and data science and published more than 600 peer reviewed papers in the field. Research in his program is currently focusing on Microbiome Research with an emphasis on Microbiome Data Science.


Dr. Kyrpides has received several prestigious awards including the USFCC/J. Roger Porter Award from the American Society of Microbiology, the van Niel International Prize for Studies in Bacterial Systematics, an outstanding performance award from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Academic Excellence Prize from Empeirikeion Foundation. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and he is in the list of the world’s most highly cited scientists according to Thomson Reuters since 2014.