Stavros Malas

Professor | Foundation Chair for the Vet School


Dr Stavros Malas is Professor of Mammalian Developmental Neuroscience and Genetics at the University of Nicosia Medical School.

Professor Malas holds a BSc and PhD in Genetics from University College London. Subsequent to his studies, he joined the Medical Research Council of the UK and worked at the Clinical Sciences Centre (part of Imperial College) until 2001. He then moved to the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and set up an independent research group working on the role of SOXB factors in neural and neuronal specification. He has expertise in generating transgenic animal models, embryo manipulation, stem cell biology, molecular genetics and in vitro genetic recombination techniques.

His research focuses on the progression of stem cells to the progenitor state with emphasis in the brain. His work uncovered new interneuron populations in the spinal cord in mice and provided novel insights as to the role of SOX14 and SOX21 in the developing dorsal midbrain. He has also developed collaborative projects on mutation identification for selected genetic eye diseases and also works with clinicians in studying the role of Omega-3/6 on degenerative eye diseases.

He is currently the Foundation Chair for the establishment of the Veterinary School at the University of Nicosia.

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