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Spiros Skourtis

Physics department
Cyprus University of Technology


Born 26 Feb 1966 Education and training: Ph.D. Theoretical Biophysics, University of California Berkeley, USA (1991) B.G.S. Physics & Mathematics, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA (1986) Research and professional experience: Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Cyprus, CYPRUS, Oct. 06 - present Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union & External Senior Fellow (2014-15), Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg, Freiburg Germany Visiting Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies (Molecular Electronics Research Group), Hebrew University, Jerusalem Israel, June - Aug. 12 Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, Duke University, NC USA July 04 - Dec. 04 & Aug. 10 - Aug. 11 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Cyprus, CYPRUS, Feb. 00 - Oct. 06 Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Cyprus, CYPRUS, Jan. 97- Feb. 00 Research Assistant Professor (Jan. 96-97), Research Associate (Jan. 95-96), Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester, NY, USA, Jan. 94 - Jan. 95 Postgraduate Research Physicist, Department of Physics, University of California San Diego, CA, USA, Sept. 91 - Dec. 93 Other: Associate Editor: BMC Biophysics (BioMed Central open access journal) Chairperson, Dept. of Physics, University of Cyprus, Feb. 08 - Feb. 10 Member of the Academic Council of the School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Cyprus, Feb. 08 - Feb. 10, Feb 12 - present

Research Interest

Biophysics and Chemical Physics and Molecular Electronics: Theory and computation of charge and energy transport phenomena in biological and molecular systems (solution, molecular junction, single molecule settings) Open quantum systems theory for molecular rate processes in condensed phase environments Chemical and biological tunneling phenomena Structure-function and dynamics-function relationships for proteins and DNA


  • David N. Beratan, Chaoren Liu, Agostino Migliore, et al. Charge Transfer in Dynamical Biosystems, or The Treachery of (Static) Images. Acc. Chem. Res., Articles ASAP Publication Date (Web): October 13, 2014 DOI: 10.1021/ar500271d

  • Yuqi Zhang, Chaoren Liu, Alexander Balaeff, Spiros S. Skourtis, and David N. Beratan. Biological charge transfer via flickering resonance. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111 (28) 10049-10054 (2014)

  • Gideon I. Livshits, Avigail Stern, Dvir Rotem, et al. Long-range charge transport in single G-quadruplex DNA molecules. Nature Nanotechnology, 26 October 2014, doi:10.1038/nnano.2014.246

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