Dr. Vasilis Promponas (male) is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Bioinformatics Research Laboratory (BRL) at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cyprus. He holds a BSc in Physics (University of Athens, 1996) and a PhD in Biological Sciences (University of Athens, 2004). He has received a EMBL-EBI visitors program fellowship (1998) and conducted PostDoctoral research at the Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics (University of Athens, 2004-2005). His research interests focus on the development of empirical, statistical and machine learning methods/tools and specialized databases for exploiting available types of biological information towards understanding biological systems, ranging from macromolecules and macromolecular complexes, to phenotypes. Key contributions of the BRL are in the fields of sequence analysis and protein structural bioinformatics, computational comparative genomics and biomedical text mining. His work has been published in more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in international journals in the fields of bioinformatics and molecular cell biology. He serves as an academic editor for PLoS One (since 2011) and as a reviewer in several journals including: Bioinformatics (Honorary certificate for “distinguished contributions as a leading reviewer”; 2012), Autophagy, Biosystems, BMC Bioinformatics, PLoS Computational Biology, Briefings in Bioinformatics, Nucleic Acids Research, Proteomics. Dr Promponas actively participates in the MC of the COST Action NGP-NET “Non-globular proteins - from sequence to structure, function and application in molecular physiopathology (NGP-NET)” BM1405 (2015- ) (http://ngp-net.bio.unipd.it/).