Laboratory of Toxicology and Forensic Chemistry

University of Crete Medical School







Professor of Toxicology, Academician
PhD, ERT, DSc, FATS, DHonC, DHonC, DHonC, HonProf


Director of the Laboratory of Toxicology & Forensic Sciences
Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, 70013, Greece


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Professor and Academician Aristidis Tsatsakis was born in Heraklion Crete in 1957. He graduated as a chemical engineer, M.Sc. in 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, of the University of Amversa and as a visitor Professor in Miami, USA, and the Academy of Health of Moscow.

He is the director of Toxicology & Forensic Sciences Department of the University of Crete and in University Hospital of Heraklion. He has coordinated as a PI in over 60 scientific research and technology projects and has established worldwide collaborations. The Toxicology laboratory investigates yearly some thousands of forensic cases from Greek territory and abroad.

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.

Aristidis Tsatsakis was elected EUROTOX President-Elect in 2012 served as President (2014-2016) of the Federation of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology and in 2016 he was elected Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Russia (FMRAS).

Prof. Tsatsakis was recognized for two consecutive years as Highly Cited Researcher 2020 and 2021 in the field of Pharmacology – Toxicology.

The main research interests of Professor Tsatsakis include biomonitoring and risk assessments of xenobiotics as well as links of chronic exposure to them at low doses with health problems and diseases. He developed numerous biomarkers of exposure and of effects for various chemicals, in particular pesticides, pharmaceuticals, etc., uncovering the mechanistic understanding of the mode of action and adverse outcome pathways leading to clinical effects and chronic diseases (metabolic, autoimmune, cancer etc.)

Professor Tsatsakis’ long-standing public activities in disseminating science for safety health and wellbeing of the society and the environment have often been endorsed and awarded by state and municipal authorities. His motivation and basic concept highlight the important role of academia involvement in social life problems. The postulation of real-life risks simulation based on low dose combined long term exposures related to health issues, is a crucial element and the central driving force for application of theory to practice on safety evaluations in 21st century.