Vasso Apostolopoulos, PhD Professor

Email: vasso@scientist.com

   Vasso Apostolopoulos - Appointments
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1997, Painting by Artist, Mrs Betty Coracas,
for the Archibald Prize
CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

2013 - Present. Adjunct Professor, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University, Australia
2014 - Present. Lecturer, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University, Australia
2007 - Present. Patron, Women's Wellness West, Australia
2006 - Present. Honorary Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne, Australia
2014 - Present. International Advisory Board, Genexine Inc, Seoul, South Korea

2012 - Present. Director, VAConsulting Services, Melbourne Australia
                          Incorporating, the following -
                          2012 - Present. Consultant, Prima Biomed Ltd, Australia, USA
                          2013 - Present. Consultant, ELDrug S.A, Greece
                          2013 - Present, Consulting Fellow, Dr Maria Katsara, Novartis Hellas, Greece
                          2012 - Present, Occasional Advisor, Verasity Health UK and FMRS Health Australia


PAST APPOINTMENTS

1992 - 1995. PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), Tumour Laboratory, Austin Research Institute, Australia. Supervisor, Prof Ian McKenzie
​1995 - 1995. Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Officer, Immunology and Vaccine Laboratory, Austin Research Institute, Australia
1996 - 2003. Academic Research Associate, University of Melbourne, Australia
​1996 - 1996. Visiting Research Fellow, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra
1996 - 1998. Laboratory Co-Head and Senior Research Officer, Immunology and Vaccine Laboratory, Austin Research Institute, Australia
​1996 - 1997. Visiting Research Fellow, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford University, UK
1997 - 2001. Visiting Professor, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, California USA
​1998 - 2001. NHMRC CJ Martin Research Fellow. Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, California USA
​2000 - 2000. Advanced Certificate in Protein Crystallography, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
2001 - 2002. NHMRC CJ Martin Research Fellow, Austin Research Institute, Melbourne Australia
2001 - 2003. Consultant, Prima Biomed Ltd, Australia​
2001 - 2011. Head, Immunology and Vaccine Laboratory, Austin Research Institute & Burnet Research Institute, Australia
​2001 - 2006. Senior Research Fellow. Austin Research Institute, Melbourne Australia
2002 - 2004. Honorary Associate Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, Victoria University, Australia
2003 - 2003. Sabbatical Visitor. Mater Medical Research Institute, Brisbane Australia
2003 - 2007. NHMRC RD Wright Research Fellow, Austin Reseach Institute, Australia
2004 - 2007. Honorary Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, Victoria University, Australia
2004 - 2006. Senior Research Fellow, Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne, Australia
2005 - 2008. Sir Zelman Cowen Cancer Research Fellow (Inaugural), Austin Research Institute, Australia
​2006 - 2008. Chief Scientific Officer, 4G Vaccines Ltd, Australia
2007 - 2011. Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Immunology, Monash University, Australia
​2007 - 2011. Principal Research Fellow. Austin Research Institute & Burnet Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
2013 - 2013. Sessional Academic, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University, Australia
1997, Drawing by Artist, Mrs Betty Coracas,
from Herald Sun Article
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

01/2005 - 01/2009. Ambassador. Australia Day Ambassador 
01/2007 - Present. Patron. Women’s Wellness West Network, VIC Australia
09/2005 - Present. Member. Women’s Wellness West Network, VIC Australia 

Grant/Peer Review Panel. NHMRC of Australia (Postdoctoral) Training Fellowship Review Panel Biomedical Panel 6 (2010-2011, 2013); NHMRC of Australia Practitioner Fellowship External Assessor (2006); The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation USA (2006-2008) / Tumour Cell Biology III Scientist section (2006)

Grant Assessor. NHMRC of Australia Project Grant External Assessor (2002-2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014); ARC of Australia Project Grants Review Panel (2011-Present, Discovery projects, Linkage projects, Laureate fellowships, ARC Future fellowships); Alberta Breast Cancer Foundation Canada (1998-2000); Association for International Cancer Research UK (2005); Breast Cancer Campaign London UK (2007-Present); Cancer Research UK (2013-Present); Cancer Society of New Zealand NZ (2009-Present); Cure Cancer Australia Foundation (2006-Present); Diabetes Australia Research Trust (2011); Dutch Cancer Society The Netherlands (1999-2000); Israel Science Foundation Israel (2010-Present); Breast cancer research reviewer National Breast Cancer Foundation Australia (2002-2005); Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (2008-Present); Scottish Executive Health Department Scotland UK (2006-Present); The Susan G. Komen for the Cure USA (2006-Present); Wellcome Trust London UK (2006-Present); Internal Grant reviewer for Austin Research Institute VIC Australia (2001-2005); Burnet Institute Australia (2006); Mater Medical Research Institute, QLD (2004-2009)

Fellowship Assessor. NHMRC of Australia Fellowship applications, External Assessor (2006); The Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation USA (2006-2008)

03/1999 - Present. Scientific Committee. Medicinal Chemistry Postgraduate Program, University of Patras, Greece
09/2007 - Present. Scientific Advisory Board. ELDrug SA, Greece, Patras Science Park, Greece 
05/2003 - 12/2006. Advisory Committee. School of Molecular Sciences. Course Advisory Committee. Victoria University Australia
02/2009 - 12/2010. Scientific Advisory Board. 4G Vaccines, Australia.
09/2013 - 09/2013. Advisor, Novel Vaccine Technologies, Veracity Health, UK

09/2008 - Present. Associate Editor. Immunotherapy 
01/2010 - Present. Regional Editor. Recent Patents Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery 
09/2013 - Present. Section Editor. Current Medicinal Chemistry 
04/2004 - Present. Editorial Advisory Board. Recent Patents on Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery 
05/2006 - Present. Editorial Advisory Board. Current Medicinal Chemistry 
06/2006 - Present. Editorial Advisory Board. Expert Review of Vaccines 
04/2004 - Present. Editorial Advisory Board. Medicinal Chemistry 
12/2006 - Present. Editorial Advisory Board. Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica 
10/2011 - Present. Editorial Advisory Board. Frontiers in Immunotherapies and Vaccines 
07/2012 - Present. Editorial Advisory Board. World Journal of Experimental Medicine
01/2014 - Present. Editorial Advisory Board. UK Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biosciences 
05/2014 - Present. Editorial Advisory Board. Biomed Research International (Immunology subject area)
07/2003 - 12/2005. Editorial Advisory Board. Drug Design Reviews Online
11/2008 - 12/2012. Editorial Advisory Board. Self / Nonself immune recognition signaling 































Manuscript Reviewer (Current). Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica;Biomaterials; Current Medicinal Chemistry; Drug Design Reviews; Expert Review of Vaccines; Immunotherapy; Journal of Medicinal Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Molecular Immunology; Recent Patent Reviews on Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery; Vaccine; World Journal of Experimental Medicine

Manuscript Reviewer (Few Articles). Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis; Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry; Biotechnology Progress; Cancer Immunology Immunotherapy; BMC Cancer; Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy (2004 special issue on the Mannose Receptor); Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy; Immunity; Immunology and Cell Biology; Immunological Investigations; Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology; International Immunology; International Journal for Parasitology (2003 special issue on vaccines); Journal of Cancer; Journal of Immunological Methods; Journal of Immunology; Journal of Molecular Recognition; Letters in Peptide Science (2004 special issue on peptides / immunotherapy); Laboratory Investigation; Methods (2006 special issue on particulate vaccines, 2013 special issue on nanoparticle technology); Molecular Medicine Today; Open Biotechnology

2002. Assessment of Staff. University of Washington, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Seattle USA
2004. Assessment of Staff. The Scripps Research Institute, Dept of Molecular Biology, La Jolla USA
2007. Assessment of Staff. University of Patras, Department of Chemistry, Patras, Greece 
2008. Assessment of Staff. Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA USA  
2009. Assessment of Staff. Victoria University School of Biomedical Science, VIC Australia  
2010. Assessment of Staff. Monash University, Department of Engineering, VIC Australia  
2010. PhD Student External Panel. Victoria University, School of Biomedical Health Science
2010 - Present. PhD Student Review Panel. Monash University, Department of Immunology, Australia
2008 - Present. PhD Thesis Examiner. Regular reviewer of PhD thesis

2005. Judging panel. The Pride of Australia Medal Herald Sun (1 of 3 judges) 
2006. Judging panel. Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Awards Selection committee (1 of 7 judges)
2000, 2004, 2007. Judging panel. Best Poster Prize, Medicinal Chemistry Drug Discovery and Design University of Patras Greece 
2010. Judging panel. 3rd Annual Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards USA - Judged the following category of Awards - Best Therapeutic 
          Vaccines, Best Prophylactic Vaccines, Best R&D Vaccine Pipeline 

1998. Conference Committee Member. Honorary Committee Member. World convention for Hellenes Abroad. Greece, 
1998. Conference Committee Member. Honorary Committee Member. World convention for Young Hellenes, Abroad Greece
2008. Expert Advisory Committee. 2nd Australasian vaccines and immunotherapeutics development (AVID) meeting, Gold Coast QLD, 
          Australia. 
1999 - Present. Conference Scientific Committee. Drug Discovery Design Greece 
2008 - Present. Advisory Board Member. BIT 1st-6th Annual World Vaccine Congress’s, Guangzhou, China. Link

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
1991 - Present. Australasian Society of Immunology (ASI), Australia 
1993 - Present. Immunology Group of Victoria (IgV), Australia
1991 - 1995. The Australian Society of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Australia
1992 - 1998. Australian Society of Medical Research, Australia
1995 - 1998. The New York Academy of Sciences, USA
1999 - 2002. American Association of Immunologists (AAI), USA
1999 - 2001. Society of Fellows, The Scripps Research Institute, CA USA

MEMBER
2008 - Present. Victorian Infection and Immunity Network (VIIN), Australia. Link
08/2012 - Present. The Science Advisory Board, USA. Link
08/2012 - Present. NHMRC Research Translation Faculty, Australia Link
12/2013 - Present. Biomedical and Lifestyle Diseases (BioLED) Research Unit, Victoria University, Australia. Link

1997, Painting by Artist, 
Mr Kostas Pothoulakis and presented together with 3AB Radio Hellas and Ethnos Newspaper
GUEST EDITOR
2013. Special Issue: Novel Oncology Therapeutics: Targeted Drug Delivery for Cancer
          Tzakos, A.G., Thalhammer, T., Briasoulis, E., Jager, W. and Apostolopoulos, V. Journal of Drug Delivery. October 2013, Link
2008. Special Focus Issue: Cancer Vaccines 
          Apostolopoulos, V., Weiner D. and Gong, J. Expert Reviews of Vaccines. Volume 7, Number 7, September 2008. Link
2009. Special Focus Issue: DNA Vaccines
          Apostolopoulos, V. and Weiner D. Expert Reviews of Vaccines. Volume 8, Number 9, September 2009. Link
2010. Special Focus Issue: Methods for measuring vaccine immunity
          Apostolopoulos, V. and Marincola, F. Expert Reviews of Vaccines. Volume 9, Number 6, September 2010. Link
          Ranked in the top 20 from 2010-December 2012 as assessed by BioMedLib (www.BioMedLib.com)
2011. Special Focus Issue: Vaccines in clinical trials: Cancer
          Apostolopoulos, V. Expert Reviews of Vaccines. Volume 10, Number 6, June 2011. Link
2009. Hot Topic Issue: Structural insights of the MHC molecule in the design of vaccines
          Apostolopoulos, V. Current Pharmaceutical Design. Volume 15, Number 28, October 2009. Link
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