MSc/PhD Program
Chrystalleni Vassiliou
First Name:
Chrystalleni

Last Name:
Vassiliou

Country:
Cyprus

 



Chrystalleni Vassiliou

EDUCATION

College / University:
University of Edinburgh, UK

Highest Degree:
B.Sc. (Honours)

Major Subjects:
Biomedical Sciences

Lab Experience:
Basic in vivo and in vitro techniques: behavioural tasks, electrophysiology, cryosectioning, PCR, western blot, gel electrophoresis, pasmid extraction (bacterial cultures), DNA extraction, immunohistochemistry

Projects / Research:
January - May 2016: Investigating the role of the Medial Entorhinal Cortex and Layer II Stellate Cells in spatial memory and navigation, Memory and Space Lab, CCNS, Edinburgh, UK (Bachelor's Thesis)

Scholarships:
2016 - 2017: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS AND GOALS:

I am mostly interested in cognitive neuroscience, specifically laerning, memory and plasticity. The importance of the aforementioned brain functions can be appreciated by observing the devastating consequences of diseases that implicate them, for example dementia and fragile X syndrome. By improving our understanding of these functions, we could therefore develop better targeted drugs for a wide range of neurological disorders. Additionally, we would gain more insight on how neuronal circuit collaboration leads to complicated abilities, such as human reasoning and thinking, contributing considerably to other disciplines, like robotics and philosophy. That is why besides investigating laerning and memory from molecules to behaviour, I would also be interested in research concerning attention, perception and decision making.