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Dr Kozlakidis is a virologist and an expert in biobanking, the preservation of biological samples. He is the Head of Laboratory Services and Biobanking at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO) at the World Health Organization. He is responsible for one of the largest and most varied international collections of clinical samples in the world, focusing on gene-environment interactions and disease-based collections. This WHO infrastructure supports multinational efforts in making treatments possible and delivering these to resource-restricted settings.
Dr Kozlakidis has a PhD in microbiology from Imperial College London. He is an elected Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the Royal Academy, and a Turnberg Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences; additionally, he is Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal ‘Innovations in Digital Health, Diagnostics and Biomarkers’. He served in the past as President of the International Society of Biological and Environmental repositories (ISBER) and as the Chair of the Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases for the BBMRI-ERIC (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure - European Research Infrastructure Consortium). He holds an Executive MBA from Cass Business School and is co-founder of the City Healthcare Innovation Network. He also holds visiting faculty positions in China (Medical School, South Central University) and the UK (University College London and Business School, City University of London).