Dr. Dimitris Kletsas holds a B.Sc in Biology from the University of Thessaloniki and a PhD in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology from the Department of Biology of the University of Athens. He is currently the Vice-President of the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, the Director of the Institute of Biosciences and Applications and Head of the Laboratory of Cell Proliferation and Ageing. His research interests include: Mechanisms of ageing and longevity, cellular senescence and age-related pathologies, cancer, intervertebral disc degeneration, wound healing, intracellular signaling pathways, bioactive compounds with anticancer, anti-oxidant/anti-ageing or wound healing action. His work has produced more than 200 papers in international refereed journals, 16 book chapters, more than 14000 citations and 2 patents. He was coordinator or principal investigator of more than 35 research projects, supervised a significant number of Post-doc fellows and Ph.D. students and participates in several postgraduate educational programs. He is the co-ordinator of the National Research Infrastructure OPENSCREEN-GR. He served as President of the European Tissue Repair Society and of the Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as National Expert for the FP6 of EU, and Member of the National Council of Research and Development, Sector of Biosciences.