Athina Vidaki

Athina Vidaki

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Department of Genetic Identification
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Netherlands

Biography:

Athina Vidaki is a post-doctoral research scientist who recently joined the Department of Genetic Identification at Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands, where she is currently leading the forensically-oriented epigenetics research line. Dr Vidaki completed her MSc in Forensic Science in 2010 at King’s College London (UK), where she was also awarded a PhD in Forensic Epigenetics in 2015 following her studies on novel uses of epigenetics in forensic science, mainly forensically relevant tissue identification and chronological age prediction of an unknown stain donor. She has a strong technical and research experience in both dry and wet lab molecular biology and epigenetics analyses, including DNA, mRNA and DNA methylation markers. Her work on age prediction using a novel NGS method was awarded the prize for the best presentation at the 2015 Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG), while she was recently been awarded the 2017 Young Investigator award for her talk at the 10th Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine of the International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS). Dr Vidaki is an author of several publications in the field of forensic genetics/epigenetics and is also a member of the ISFG.

Research interest:

Forensic DNA analysis; Forensic Genetics; Forensic Epigenetics; Body fluid identification; mRNA profiling; Chronological age prediction; DNA methylation profiling