Research Interests and Accomplishments
Konstantinos Krampis' research interests are focused on algorithmic designs using cloud and high performance computing frameworks for solving computational bottlenecks in data analysis of large-scale genomic datasets. He has a M.Sc. in Molecular Biology from the University of Athens in Greece, and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from Virginia Tech.
While at Virginia Tech Dr. Krampis was a member of an interdisciplinary scientific research team, and was responsible for implementing a terabyte-scale relational database hosting microarray datasets, and statistical procedures for in silico polymorphism discovery using gene expression data. Furthermore, he designed algorithms for metabolic graph intersection and identification of new biological pathway modules conferring disease resistance, while developing automated genome analysis pipelines using web service workflows. At JCVI he has written NSF and NIH research proposals on bioinformatics computing using cloud infrastructures, both as Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PI. In addition, he has coordinated deployment and manages a compute cluster at JCVI running the Eucalyptus open-source cloud platform and Hadoop/MapReduce parallel programming framework, has book chapters and peer-reviewed papers on cloud computing applications for bioinformatics, and has presented workshops at JCVI, national and international conferences on cloud-based, scalable implementations of bioinformatics algorithms.
Dr. Krampis has initiated and has been the lead developer for the JCVI Cloud Biolinux project, a bioinformatics Virtual Machine (VM) with more than 100 pre-configured genome analysis software tools coupled with an intuitive graphical interface. The software included with Cloud Biolinux runs on a practically unlimited pool of high capacity VM servers that can be allocated on-demand using cloud computing platforms. A diverse community of researchers from both the US (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, Emory University) and Europe (National Environmental Research Center, King's College London, Denmark Technical University, Netherlands Wageninghen University) has been already established around the project, and members of the community have agreed to use Cloud Biolinux as the basis for porting bioinformatics software the compute cloud.
Konstantinos Krampis' research on cloud computing infrastructures for bioinformatics is driven by the belief that the cloud can democratize access to computational resources for genomic data analysis for underrepresented research laboratories independently of institutional, economic or national boundaries, and consecutively support the wider adoption of genome sequencing technology for biological and medical research.