Leonidas Bleris - Biographical Information
Leonidas G. Bleris is an Associate Professor with the Bioengineering Department
of the University of Texas at Dallas. Before joining UTD, Bleris was a Postdoctoral Fellow
at the FAS Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University. Bleris earned a Ph.D. in Electrical
Engineering from Lehigh University in 2006. He received a Diploma in Electrical and Computer
Engineering in 2000 from Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Bleris was awarded the Christine Mirzayan Science and
Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship from the National Academy of Science (NAS),
and served with the Board of Mathematical Sciences and their Applications.
During 2009-2010, Bleris was a Visiting Scientist at the FAS Center for Systems Biology
at Harvard University, and since 2008 an Independent Expert with the European Commission
under the "Science, Economy and Society" directorate. Bleris served as the University of
Texas at Dallas Representative for the 2011-2012 Tuning Oversight Council for Engineering
and Science, Committee on Bioengineering, and received the 2014 Junior Faculty Research Award
from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
His research has focused on systems biology, mammalian synthetic biology and genome editing, and has received substantial
support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) including the
NSF CAREER award. Bleris work has appeared in high-impact journals including Nature Biotechnology,
Nature Nanotechnology, Molecular Systems Biology, and Nucleic Acids Research.