For the past 16 years L'Oréal and UNESCO support women in science through this initiative, which recognizes the achievements of exceptional female scientists across the globe and awards them with Fellowships to help further their research.

The award was presented by the Deputy Minister of Health, Katerina Papakosta, in a ceremony that took place on December 1st 2014 and was attended by prominent members of the academic community. Co-awardees were Dr Vasiliki Pavlidou (University of Crete) and Dr Florentia Fostira (NCSR Demokritos).

Dr Dimas was awarded for her work on the impact of human genomic variation on complex traits and disease. Her work in the Functional Genomics Lab at BSRC Alexander Fleming focuses on obesity-related disease (in collaboration with Harokopio University and Laiko General Hospital), on familial breast and ovarian cancer (with NCSR Demokritos), and on congenital female infertility (with Paidon Aghia Sophia Hospital). Working in close collaboration with her colleages in the Functional Genomics Lab headed by Dr Ragoussis, Dr Dimas applies next generation sequencing approaches, including exome sequencing, RNA-Seq, FAIRE-Seq, ATAC-Seq and ChIP-Seq to address complex human phenotypes and has helped establish multiple, flexible and user-friendly bioinformatics pipelines for next-generation sequencing data analysis.

Earlier in 2014 Dr Dimas was awarded the Latsis Foundation Fellowship for Scientific Research and the Fondation Santé Research Grant.


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