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Alexandros (Alexis) Stamatakis studied computer science at TU Munich and ENS Lyon (with internships in Athens, Paris, and Madrid). In 2001 he received his diploma in computer science from TU Munich. In 2004 he received his PhD (also at TU Munich) for work on algorithms and parallel computing for phylogenetic inference (reconstruction of evolutionary trees using DNA data).

He continued working in the area of evolutionary Bioinformatics and parallel computing as a PostDoc at the Institute for Computer Science in Heraklion Greece (2005-2006) and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (2006-2008). In early 2008 he returned to Munich to start his own independent junior research group (DFG Emmy-Noether grant), initially at LMU and then at TU Munich. In fall 2010 he moved to the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) to start his new job as permanent research group leader of the scientific computing group that also entails the management of the entire IT & HPC infrastructure at HITS. In 2012 he was appointed as adjunct professor at the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona at Tucson and as full professor at the faculty of computer science of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Both appointments are in conjunction with his position at HITS. His main research interests are algorithms, parallel computing, parallel architectures and evolutionary Bioinformatics.

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