Stavros Lomvardas, PhD
Stavros Lomvardas, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at UCSF obtained his PhD degree from Columbia University where he performed graduate work under the mentorship of Dr. Dimitris Thanos. After completing his postdoctoral training with Dr. Richard Axel at Columbia University, Lomvardas joined the Anatomy faculty at UCSF in December 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from the University of Crete, Greece and a Master's degree in genetics from Columbia University, New York.
His research interests focuses on exploring the mechanisms of olfactory receptor choice. To understand how olfactory sensory neurons express only one out of 1300 genes, he combined his biochemical training with genetic experiments. Initial results provide evidence of a novel mechanism of regulation of gene expression, according to which olfactory receptor expression is restricted to a unique location in the nucleus. In future experiments he would like to investigate the biochemical mechanisms responsible for the singularity in olfactory receptor expression and to explore molecular strategies that the nervous system utilizes in order to generate diversity among like neurons. Finally, Dr. Lomvardas is interested in exploring the epigenetic mechanisms that accompany various neurodegenerative diseases.
In 2009, Lomvardas was awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health; NIH R03 Small Grant Award and the NIH Director's New Innovator Award. He is also a recipient of the Rett Syndrome Research Trust Award.