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Sellis, D., Kvitek, D. J., Dunn, B., Sherlock, G., & Petrov, D. A. (2015). Empirical evidence for heterozygote advantage in adapting diploid populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. bioRxiv. doi:10.1101/033563

Polychronopoulos, D., Tsiagkas, G., Athanasopoulou, L., Sellis, D., & Almirantis, Y. 2015. Long-range order and fractality in the structure and organization of eukaryotic genomes. In Nicolis, G. and Basios, V., (eds) Chaos, Information Processing and Paradoxical Games. World Scientific. pp. 221–252

Sellis, D., Longo, M.D.,  2014. Patterns of variation during adaptation in functionally linked loci. Evolution 69(1):75-89.

Polychronopoulos, D., Sellis, D., Almirantis, Y., 2014. Conserved noncoding elements follow a power-law-like distribution in several genomes as a result of genome dynamics. PloS ONE 9(5):e95437

Athanasopoulou, L, Sellis D., Almirantis Y., 2014. A study of fractality and long-range order in the distribution of transposable elements in eukaryotic genomes using the scaling properties of block entropy and box-counting. Entropy 16(4):1860-1882

Venkataram, S., Sellis D., Petrov D.A., 2013 Ploidy and the predictability of evolution in Fisher's Geometric Model.  arXiv:1312.0556v2 [q-bio.PE]

Klimopoulos A., Sellis D., Almirantis Y. 2012. Widespread occurrence of power-law distributions in inter-repeat distances shaped by genome dynamics. Gene 499 (1),88-98.

Sellis, D.*, Drosou V.*, Vlachakis D., Voukkalis N., Giannakouros, T., Vlassi, M. 2012. Phosphorylation of the arginine/serine repeats of lamin b receptor by SRPK1—insights from molecular dynamics simulations. Biochim. Biophys. Acta - General Subjects 1820 (1), 44-55.

Sellis D., Callahan B.J., Petrov D.A., Messer P.W. 2011. Heterozygote advantage as a natural consequence of adaptation in diploids. PNAS 108(51):20666-71.

Sellis D., Almirantis Y. 2009. Power-laws in the genomic distribution of coding segments in several organisms: An evolutionary trace of segmental duplications, possible paleopolyploidy and gene loss. Gene. 2009;447(1):18-28.

Sellis D., Vlachakis D., Vlassi M. 2009. Gromita: A Fully Integrated Graphical User Interface to Gromacs 4. Bioinformatics and Biology Insights. 2009(3):99-102.

Sellis D., Provata A., Almirantis Y. 2007. Alu and LINE1 distributions in the human chromosomes: evidence of global genomic organization expressed in the form of power laws. Mol. Biol. Evol.;24(11):2385-2399.

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Research experience



L. Duret, Laboratoire de Biometrié et Biologie Évolutive, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

Evolution of Internal Eliminated Sequences (IES) in Paramecium


software development

M. Vlassi, Protein Structure and Molecular Modeling Laboratory, NCSR "Demokritos", Athens, Greece

GUI development for molecular simulations




D. Petrov lab, Department of Biology, Stanford University

"Theoretical and experimental evolution studies of adaptation under diploidy and epistasis"


Msc Bioinformatics

Department of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Dissertation: "Statistical properties of LINE and SINE repeats distribution in the human genome. Relationships with genome functionality and evolution", under Y. Almirantis (NCSR "Demokritos", Athens, Greece)


Undergraduate degree in Biology

Department of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Thesis: "Mate choice and other behavioural elements of the lizard Podarcis milensis (Sauria: Lacertidae)", under A. Legakis

Research interests

I am interested in evolutionary biology and more specifically in the interface of theoretical population genetics and genomics.

Grants and scholarships

2013 – 2014 Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics Fellowship

2010-2013 Stanford Graduate Fellowship

2009 A.W. Mellon Foundation. Grant for research at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

2004-2006 Greek State Scholarships Foundation. Scholarship for graduate studies