Associate Research Fellow
I completed my DPhil in human genetics involving an interdisciplinary approach with statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology focusing on the genetics of ankylosing spondylitis at the Botnar Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford in 2013. I received my MSc in Environmental Health from the Cyprus International Institute for the Environment and Public Health in association with Harvard School of Public Health in 2007, and my BSc in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2004. Currently, I am a faculty member at the Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University (Famagusta, Cyprus).
My main research focus is common complex traits and diseases that occur frequently in human populations, and have both genetic and environmental components. I worked as a post-doctoral research scientist at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics (Oxford) studying obesity and obesity-related traits/diseases such as body fat distribution and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) until September 2016. I am is still working in close collaboration with the Lindgren Group at the Big Data Institute (Oxford) applying a range of genomic and epidemiological methods to decipher the mechanisms of obesity and related traits.
I am involved in large-scale international projects, such as the Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) and the PCOS Consortia, as co-lead and analyst investigating phenotype and genotype datasets using computational and statistical methods.