Dr. John Vakonakis is a Fellow of the College and Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. He obtained his BSc in Biology from the University of Crete (Greece), and then moved to Texas A&M University (USA) where he did his PhD in Biochemistry. In 2005 he moved to Oxford Biochemistry for postdoctoral research on structural biology. Between 2007 and 2009 he was a Marie Curie Fellow and a Trinity College JRF. Following a brief stint as beamline researcher at the Swiss Light Source, he established an independent group in Oxford Biochemistry in 2010 supported by a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship. He was appointed as Associate Professor in Structural Biology and Biophysics and Fellow of Lincoln College in 2013.
Dr. Vakonakis' research focuses on the structural biology of large-scale molecular assemblies in cells. The group specializes in integrating multiple biophysical methods, including X-ray crystallography, NMR and electron microscopy, in its workflow. For details of current research projects and recent publications please visit the group's departmental page.