Imperial College London

Dimitrios - Georgios Kontopoulos

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Research Postgraduate







W2.6KennedySilwood Park





I am a PhD student in Dr. Samraat Pawar's group, focusing on identifying biological limits of thermal adaptation in ectotherms. I address this via phylogenetic meta-analyses of published thermal response datasets, molecular dynamics simulations of proteins, and mathematical modelling of the evolution of thermal responses. Through the combination of bio-/evo-/eco-informatics with modelling and (relatively) big datasets, I aim to uncover evolutionary trade-offs between key thermal traits, and trace their macroevolution across short and long timescales.

As to my background, I hold a BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, 2012) and a MRes in Biodiversity Informatics and Genomics (Imperial College London, 2014).

For information about my research interests, my publications, and more, visit my website at

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Kontopoulos DG, García-Carreras B, Sal S, et al., 2018, Use and misuse of temperature normalisation in meta-analyses of thermal responses of biological traits, Peerj, Vol:6, ISSN:2167-8359

Kontopoulos D-G, Kontopoulou T, Ho H-C, et al., 2017, Towards a theoretically informed policy against a rakghoul plague outbreak, The Medical Journal of Australia, Vol:207, Pages:490-494

Kontopoulos DG, Vlachakis D, Tsiliki G, et al., 2016, Structuprint: a scalable and extensible tool for two-dimensional representation of protein surfaces, BMC Structural Biology, Vol:16, ISSN:1472-6807

More Publications