Dimitrios Vlachakis

Agricultural University of Athens

Dr. Dimitrios Vlachakis is an Assistant Professor at the Genetics Laboratory at the Biotechnology Department of the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. He leads the Genetics and Computational Biology Group and his main scientific interests revolve around the investigation of genetic polymorfisms, genetic variability in viral strains and the in silico drug design of novel antiviral and anticancer agents. To date, Dr. Vlachakis has published more than 90 original research articles in international peer-reviewed journals with impact factor, 100+ articles in international conference proceedings, 5 monograph ISBN books, 2 scientific patents and has been on the receiving end of numerous grants and awards. Since 2012 Dr. Vlachakis has been serving as the Editor in Chief and Associate Editor of relevant international journals.

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Molecular docking has always been and will be on the forefront of developments in the eminent field of drug design and medicinal chemistry. At the early days, drug discovery was based on blackboard drawings and expert intuition. However, as times move on, the amount of available information and overall knowledge base that needs to be analyzed cannot be processed manually. This, coupled by the rapid growth in computational infrastructure and processing power, has allowed for the efficient use of molecular docking tools and algorithms to be considered in the greater field of drug discovery. In the postgenomic era, molecular docking has become the key player for the screening of hundreds of thousands of compounds against a repertoire of pharmacological targets.

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