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Prof Philippos C. Patsalis received his BSc degree from the Aristotelian University of Salonica, Greece and his MA, MPh and PhD degrees from the City University of New York, USA. He underwent specialization and post-doctoral training at Cornell Medical Center, the New York University, the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Columbia University. Prof Patsalis worked as Director and Founder of the Department of Cytogenetics and Genomics and the Translational Genetics Team at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics; Founder and Chief Executive Director of the biotechnology company NIPD Genetics; Founder, Professor and Provost of the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine; Chief Executive Medical Director of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and Minister of Health of the Republic of Cyprus. Currently, he holds the position of Distinguished Professor at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine and the position of Chief Executive Director of NIPD Genetics. He is also Honorary Professor in Universities. Prof. Patsalis is a scientist with international recognition in the field of Human Genetics. His primary interest is Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis, Methylation based analysis of the fetus, Biomarker discovery, Genomic and transcriptomic analysis of cell-free DNA and Development of novel Non-Invasive Diagnosis methodologies in cancer. He has been invited as lecturer to more than 200 Universities and international conferences.  He has competitively obtained more than 40 research grants and funding of over 20 million euro, including the most prestigious grant in the ERC Advanced Grants. He is appointed to several Editorial Boards, filed several patents, contributed chapters in 10 books and published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He is the President of the National Council of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and serves on several Committees, Councils and Boards. He is elected twice in the Boards of Directors of the European Society of Human Genetics. He has been appointed as external member of National Academies of Sciences and has been honored with many national and international awards, including the Cyprus National Research Award, the Cyprus National Innovation Award, the Silver Medal of the Parliament and National Award from the President of the Republic of Cyprus.