Laboratory of Toxicology and Forensic Chemistry

University of Crete Medical School








Professor of Toxicology

B.Sc. (Chem Eng), M.Sc. (Org Chem), Ph.D. (Chem), D.Sc.(Biol, Pharm), ERT (Eur Registerd Toxicologist)

Director of the Laboratory of Forensic Science & Toxicology

Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece 71003


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Aristidis Tsatsakis was born in Heraklion Crete in 1957. He graduated as a chemical engineer, organic chemistry 1982, PhD in chemistry 1986, Post-Doc in Macromolecules Chemistry (D.I. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia), D. Biology (Pharm-Toxicol) University of Moscow. He worked as a Researcher in the Laboratory of Toxicology and Forensic Science of the Forensic Centre of Baltimore 1991, of the University of Amversa 1993, 1994 and as a visitor Professor in Miami USA, 1996 and the Academy of Health of Mosxow 1999-2002.

For several years Aristidis Tsatsakis is a member of National and International committees (EUROTOX, WHO-IPCS, IAAMRH, NANOTOX, NOM) and member of many international Scientific Organizations and Academies. He has been invited as a key speaker in several international conferences; he has been awarded with the Gold Medal for the promotion of the science by the International Organization, IRPC Gold Award 2001.

He is the director of Forensic Sciences & Toxicology of the University of Crete and in University Hospital of Heraklion. He has succeeded funding for 36 scientific programs national as well as worldwide and he has organized a pioneer laboratory of Toxicology with international acceptance. The Toxicology laboratory investigates yearly some thousands of forensic cases from Greek territory and abroad.

His scientific work is presented in 164 scientific articles based on Pubmed and ISI, SCI at 7 patents, in academic monographs and notes and a large number of proceedings and conference abstracts (total 280). The total impact factor IF of articles in journals is 350, the number of citations in Scopus (2010) is 1150 (h index 16), while the ISI, SCI is 960.

He is a reviewer and editorial board member of several international journals (e.g. Food Addit Contam, Human Exp Toxicol, Biomarkers, Toxicol Letters, Chemosphere, BioMedCentral, Pharm Sinica Acta, J Applied Toxicol, Vet Human Toxicol, Environ Res, Med Sci Monit, Ther Drug Monit, Environ Sci Technol, Food Chem, Toxicology, Steroids). He is the Editor in Chief of the journal, The Open Forensic Science Journal.

His research focuses on the evaluation of chronic exposure of population groups to xenobiotic and the correlation of this report with health problems, in identifying and determining non-specific and xenobiotic metabolites, to examine polymorphisms of genes in a population exposed to pesticides, in the analysis of hair for court applications and the toxicology of new macromolecular systems.

He has organized as chairman two international conferences in the field of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences.


In 2008, he was reelected as a president of the Greek Society of Toxicology, in which he is the president since 2001. Also, in 2008 he was elected to the Board of the European Council of Societies Toxicology EUROTOX where he is the chairman of the Contact Committee as well. He was a member of the Board of the Medical Department (2001-2005).