Dr. Ruben Cauchi heads the MND/ALS Laboratory at the Centre for Molecular Medicine & Biobanking of the University of Malta. He is also a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery of the University of Malta. Dr. Cauchi directs the Malta MND/ALS Biobank aiming to identify novel genes linked to MND/ALS. His team also investigates the role of RNA-binding proteins in motor neuron degeneration, making use of genetic animal models.
Dr. Cauchi obtained his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, UK, working of genetic animal models of motor neuron disease and went on to do postdoctoral research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge, UK, studying RNA processing. A well-published academic, Dr. Cauchi serves as ad hoc reviewer for top-tier journals and MND/ALS funding bodies. He is also the Malta representative of the E.U. Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action focusing on the clinical application of antisense-mediated exon skipping in neuromuscular disease.