Damien Lekkas

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HOMETOWN
Wenonah, NJ, USA

LANGUAGES
English, Spanish

FAVORITE ALGORITHM
Algorithm
Support Vector Machines (SVMs)
Gene
Bmal1

UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION
University of Pennsylvania
BA, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
2017 - 2019: Research Specialist/Technician in Circadian Rhythm & Metabolism
University of Pennsylvania Department of Biology
2014 - 2016: Research Specialist/Technician in Ecology & Evolution of Disease Systems
University of Pennsylvania Department of Biology
2013 – 2019: Biology Instructor/TA
Undergraduate courses in Vertebrate Anatomy, Vertebrate Physiology, Organismal Biology, Evolutionary Biology, and Biostatistics

DARTMOUTH QBS PROFILE

THESIS TITLE

CAREER TRACK(S)
Academia & Industry

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE
Computational
Python, R, Bash/Shell, Cytoscape, Excel/VBA, Geneious, IGV, ImageJ, MOE, Prism, SAS
Wet Lab
1D DNA/protein electrophoresis, DNA/RNA isolation and purification, qPCR, Western Blot, protein expression and purification, immunohistochemistry, EM/confocal/light microscopy, tissue dissection/microdissection, cryosectioning, primer design/testing, ELISA, bacterial transformation, mouse handling and colony management, protocol development

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES


QBS PhD Experience

Electives

Publications

The circadian clock control of adipose tissue physiology and metabolism.
Lekkas D, Paschos GK
Auton Neurosci. 2019 Jul;219:66-70. doi: 10.1016/j.autneu.2019.05.001. Epub 2019 May 8.
PMID: 31122604

Cold-Induced Browning of Inguinal White Adipose Tissue Is Independent of Adipose Tissue Cyclooxygenase-2.
Paschos GK, Tang SY, Theken KN, Li X, Verginadis I, Lekkas D, Herman L, Yan W, Lawson J, FitzGerald GA
Cell Rep. 2018 Jul 24;24(4):809-814. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.06.082.
PMID: 30044978

Poster Presentations

Oral Presentations


My Interests

RESEARCHER I ADMIRE
Charles Darwin

FAVORITE RESEARCH PAPER
Gould S.J. and Lewontin, R.C. (1979). The spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme. 205. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.1979.0086

Why QBS?

"As someone with academic and professional training across multiple scientific disciplines, I am interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in a program that allows me to draw from my diverse education and research experiences. Through the combined lens of anthropology, biology, and computer science, I want to design and apply quantitative and computational methodologies to
tackle important problems in biomedicine. Given the highly interdisciplinary and integrative nature of the QBS program, the vast opportunities to evolve as a scientist capable of working at the interface of several related fields has made Dartmouth and especially the QBS program the perfect choice for me."

FAVORITE QBS CLASS

Life @ Dartmouth

WHEN I AM NOT IN LAB
"I am outside enjoying nature, or at home playing retro video games."