Keynote Speaker

Yiannis Kaznessis

Yiannis Kaznessis is the founder of General Probiotics. He joined the company as Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Dr Kaznessis is a Notre Dame Alumni, he received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 1999 in Chemical Engineering. He completed postdoctoral research at Pfizer Global R&D, and at the University of Michigan. Prior to starting his company, Dr. Kaznessis had an outstanding career in academia at the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty in Chemical Engineering as an assistant professor in 2001 and was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2007 and to full professor in 2011. He was a director of the Bioinformatics Summer Institute from 2004 to 2011. He held the position of Director of Graduate Studies from 2010 to 2017. He raised over $7M in research funds and was the recipient of several honors and awards.