Dr. Vasiliou received his BSc in Chemistry (1983) and PhD in Biochemical Pharmacology (1988) from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He then trained as a Fogarty Fellow in gene-environment interactions, molecular toxicology and pharmacogenetics at the Department of Environmental Health in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati (1991-1995). In 1996, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy where he rose through the ranks to become Professor and Director of the Toxicology Graduate Program. In July 2014, he joined the faculty of Yale University in his new position.
Professor Vasiliou has established an internationally recognized research program that has been continuously funded by several USA federal agencies such as NEI/NIH, NIAAA/NIH and NIH/NIEHS since 1997. His research interests include mechanisms of cellular responses to environmental stress, gene-environment interactions, alcohol –induced tissue injury, pharmacogenetics and his laboratory studies metabolic diseases including obesity and diabetes, and cancer. Dr. Vasiliou has published over 190 papers and edited three books on Alcohol and Cancer. He has trained over twenty five doctoral and post-doctoral students. Dr. Vasiliou is the editor of Human Genomics.
Prof. Vasiliou along with Dr. Tassos C. Kyriakides has been establishing The Yale Olive Sciences and Health Institute. This Institute’s mission is to facilitate and coordinate rigorous study, robust research, and creative interdisciplinary education and activities related to the olive tree and its products. The concept and mission of the Institute has been widely supported and endorsed by over 70 international and national academic, research and private entities working in the field.