Fotios Kefalas

PhD Students

Master/Ph.D Student



Bldg. 2, level 3, 3204-16


My background is in general biology. I obtained a BSc in Biology from the University of Athens in late 2022 with honors.

Shortly after, in early 2023, I joined the STEMD laboratory as a part of KAUST’s VSR Program for six months. Currently, I am working as a master’s student enrolled in KAUST’s MS/PhD program in Bioscience. My research projects include studying the effect of the overdosage of Pseudo-Autosomal Region (PAR) and non-PAR escape genes at the pluripotent state and during differentiation into disease-relevant lineages. I also analyze escape gene overdosage using in vivo mice models. A most fascinating goal would be to find parallels and cross-talks between the two model approaches. A parallel study I am involved in investigates the role of the Lysine-Demethylase 1 (KDM1A/LSD1) protein during cardiac development in vitro.

My work aims to contribute to the lab’s goal of understanding and “solving” the transcriptional landscape of sex chromosome aneuploidies and clarifying the role of KDM1A during development and in the onset of cardiovascular diseases. My ambition is that my contribution to these projects may help open avenues for novel and impactful therapeutical approaches.


  • 2023 -present - MS/PhD,  Bioscience, BESE, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • 2018 - 2022 - BSc, Biology, University of Athens, Greece

KAUST Affiliations

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)