Dr. Maria Neofytou, a highly qualified researcher in the field of liquid biopsies, has recently secured an independent faculty position at the University of Westminster in London. With an MSc in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine from University College London (UCL) and a PhD from the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics under the guidance of Prof Philippos Patsalis, Dr. Neofytou brings with her a wealth of experience. She spent four years working at the distinguished Cancer Research UK Institute in Cambridge, in the group of Prof Nitzan Rosenfeld a pioneer in the field of liquid biopsies.
She has also worked at Oxford University in the UK and the Department of Genetics & Genomics at KU Leuven in Belgium as a postdoctoral researcher. Dr. Neofytou has an extensive research background resulting in multiple publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and she has presented her findings at several European and international conferences. Her research interest primarily focuses on biomarker discovery for cancer detection and prenatal diagnosis using circulating nucleic acids, making her a valuable addition to the academic community in London.