The Commission is supported by two (2) scientific officers plus the Secretariat.
The duties of the officers comprise report preparation and undertaking research on topics decided by the Commission. They also organize a database of texts and relevant scientific publications and work for the publication of prints regarding the Commission's activities or of bioethical interest in general. The two officers are: Dr Takis Vidalis, Doctor of Law, and Dr Vasiliki Mollaki, Doctor of Genetics.
The Secretariat is responsible for the preparation of the Meetings, the secretarial support of the Chairman and the members, having also administrative tasks. Furthermore the Secretariat serves as a public relation person of the Commission with other relevant authorities in Greece and abroad. Since 2002 Ms Marianna Dracopoulou is running the Secretariat.
Vasiliki Mollaki is a Geneticist and Ethics Expert.
She studied Genetics (BSc Genetics) at Cardiff University in Wales, UK. In 2002 she received her postgraduate degree in Molecular and Genetic Medicine (MSc Molecular and Genetic Medicine) from Sheffield University, UK and completed her doctorate in 2006 at Sheffield University, UK, in the field of Genetics.
Vasiliki Mollaki was occupied as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Research of the Academy of Athens, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the National Centre of Scientific Research "Demokritos" in Athens, in research projects investigating the genetic basis of human disease (e.g., Hodgkin’s lymphoma, familial hypercholesterolemia, hereditary cancer syndromes and more).
She was an Adjunct Lecturer teaching Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Technological Institute of Athens in the Faculty of Health and Caring Professions (2008-2018). Since 2017, she teaches Bioethics at the International Hellenic University, as a Visiting Professor. Since 2021 she teaches Genetics in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the University of West Attica in a position according to the PC407/1980.
Since 2011, she works as a Scientific Officer at the National Commission for Bioethics & Technoethics (former Hellenic National Bioethics Commission), where she started her career in ethics.
She has been appointed as external Ethics Expert in the European Commission, where she carries out ethics evaluations for European research programs (since 2016) and she has chaired eight ethics expert panels.
She is a member of the Research Ethics Committee (REC) of the University of Patras and the University of West Attica.
She is a member of the National Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes.
She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Bioethica.
She has published 3 monographs, 1 e-book, 15 articles in international scientific journals and 4 articles in national scientific journals (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8479-8704) and contributed 3 chapters in 3 collective books.
● Gratuate from Law School, National and Κapodistrian University of Athens ● Active lawyer in the field of civil law ● Collaboration with Professor οf Law School George Papadimitriou ● Employed as Head of Secretariat at the Hellenic National Bioethics Commission under the presidencies of: Professor George Koumantos, Professor Ioannis Papadimitriou, Professor Christodoulos Stefanadis, Ass. Professor Eleni Rethimiotaki and Professor Effy Vayena (2021- today) ● Every year she organizes the educational Seminars on bioethics ● Among many others, she has organized: the 1rst NEC FORUM in Athens (2003) under the Greek European Presidency with the participation of the 27 member states of EU, the Conference for the celebration of the 10 years of the Commission, in memory of the first Chair, Professor George Koumantos, with main subject “the euthanasia” (2009), the International Conference for the celebration of the 20 years of the Commission, under the auspices of H.E. the President of Hellenic Republic, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, in the Auditorium of the Hellenic Parliament (2019) ● She has organized the 1rst Panhellenic School Contest with the participation of 40 schools from all around the country ● She has been the editor of the first publications of the Commission, in greek and in english as well ● She has translated in english Recommendations and Opinions of the Commission ● She has participated in many NEC FORA, in Europe.
Since 2002 she is the Head of the Secretariat and she is responsible for the organizational and administrative structure of the Commission.
She speaks english, french, german, italian and spanish.