I am a faculty member at the Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University (Famagusta, Cyprus). 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, 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 from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2004.
My main research focus is common complex diseases and traits that have both genetic and environmental components—more specifically, understanding how genetic factors contribute to the development of such traits (i.e. the biological mechanism). I worked as a post-doctoral research scientist at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics (Oxford) studying obesity and obesity-related traits such as body fat distribution and polycystic ovary syndrome until September 2016. I am still working in close collaboration with the Lindgren Group at the Big Data Institute (Oxford) looking at the genetics and genetic epidemiology of various obesity traits. I am involved in large-scale international projects, such as the Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) consortium investigating phenotype and genotype datasets using computational and statistical methods.
I have also been a collaborator in a large cross-sectional study, the Cyprus Women’s Health Research (COHERE) Initiative, aiming to map women’s health conditions in Cyprus since February 2017. The targeted conditions are generally common in women worldwide due to genetic and environmental factors. One of the ultimate goals of COHERE is to put together a solid foundation for more studies looking into the genetic and environmental factors affecting women’s health in the Eastern Mediterranean region. This large-scale project is partly funded by the initiative itself, which is a non-governmental organisation founded and run by members from the general public as well as academics like me. My hobbies include photography and scuba diving as I enjoy creative work, new places and nature.