Dr Vasilis Lenis

Dr Vasilis Lenis

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

School of Biomedical & Healthcare Sciences (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)


Post-DoctoralResearch fellow in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Plymouth UniversityPeninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry


After the completion of a B.Sc. in Computer Science during which I gained strong mathematical skills and a solid understanding of theoretical computing, I successfully pursued a M.Sc. degree in Applied Informatics. My masters' dissertation titled “ The implementation of linear and integer linear programming algorithms in Bioinformatics ” constitutes my first solid work in the field of bioinformatics that led to my PhD research in the area of comparative genomics and evolution studies at Aberystwyth University, Wales, funded by HPC Wales and Fujitsu. The success of the latter coupled with my initial enthusiasm for teaching led to securing a position as a bioinformatics training officer, participating in a larger training network across the UK, funded by BBSRC.

Currently, I am working in Professor’s Matthias Futschik bioinformatics group as a postdoc fellow at Plymouth University.

Teaching interests

As a part of Software and Data Carpentry organization, I am interested in organising and delivering a series of bioinformatics workshops aiming at teaching basic lab skills for research.

Research interests

My research interests focus on the usage of several techniques such as Genomics, Transcriptomics and Epigenomics to identify genetic variations, qualitatively / quantitatively alterations of mRNAs and study epigenetic factors that are involved in neurological disorders, including cancer.

Joana Damas, Rebecca O'Connor, Marta Farré, Vasileios Panagiotis E. Lenis, Henry J. Martell, Anjali Mandawala, Katie Fowler, Sunitha Joseph, Martin T. Swain, Darren K. Griffin, and Denis M. Larkin. “ Upgrading short read animal genome assemblies to chromosome level using comparative genomics and a universal probe set . ” Genome Res. gr.213660.116Published in Advance November 30, 2016, doi:10.1101/gr.213660.116

Skujina I, McMahon R, Vasileios Panagiotis E. Lenis, Gkoutos GV, Hegarty M., “Duplication of the mitochondrial control region is associated with increased longevity in birds.” Aging (Albany NY). 2016 Aug;8(8):1781-9. doi: 10.18632/aging.101012