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Theodoros Karapanagiotidis

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of York

Maastricht University

Biography

I am a postdoctoral research associate at the University of York, UK, working on a collaborative neuroimaging project funded by the York Maastricht Partnership, with Profs Antony Morland and Alex Wade ( YNiC), and Profs Elia Formisano and Rainer Goebel ( M-BIC). I have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging and I am interested in the functional hierarchy of the human brain, information flow, neural trait-state interactions, as well as their associations with behaviour and ongoing experience.

Born in Veria, Greece, I received my bachelor’s degree in physics from the department of Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Following several years of physics tutoring in Greece, I changed my career path and moved to the UK, where I obtained my master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience at the department of Psychology at the University of York, under the supervision of Prof. Gary Green.

Upon graduating my master’s programme, I worked as a research assistant in Prof. Jonathan Smallwood‘s lab at the University of York. A year later, I was awarded a studentship for a PhD under the joint supervision of Prof. Smallwood and Prof. Elizabeth Jefferies, from the department of Psychology at the University of York. After a 5-month break in my 2nd PhD year, in order to work on a pilot neuroimaging study investigating experiences in virtual/augmented reality led by Prof. Alex Wade, I completed my PhD and joined Prof. Smallwood’s lab in York as a research associate for 19 months until I started my current post.

My PhD thesis investigated the neural correlates of ongoing experience. We utilised different neuroimaging modalities (DWI, resting state fMRI) and analysis techniques (static connectivity and dynamic hidden Markov modelling) in order to explore how the structural and functional organisation of the brain at different temporal scales can help us identify the cognitive processes that support different types of unconstrained ongoing experience at different moments in time.

The main aim of our current research project is to bring together two neuroimaging research techniques, Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and ultra high-field fMRI, in order to explore the functional hierarchy of the human brain, and answer novel questions on how information flows through the brain during perception and cognition.

Interests

  • Brain Connectivity
  • Functional Hierarchy and Information Flow
  • Neural Dynamics
  • Neural Trait-State Interactions

Education

  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 2019

    University of York, UK

  • MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2014

    University of York, UK

  • BSc in Physics

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Skills

Python

Data analysis

FSL/FMRIB Software Library
NAF/YNiC Software

Matlab

Scanner operator

GE 3T Signa Excite HDX
Siemens Prisma 3T
4D Neuroimaging Magnes 3600 MEG

Teaching

Undergraduate & postgraduate level

Scripting

PsychoPy
Unity

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Research associate

York Maastricht Partnership

2020 – Present University of York, UK, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Working on a collaborative neuroimaging project funded by the York Maastricht Partnership
 
 
 
 
 

Research associate

Prof. Jonathan Smallwood’s lab

2019 – 2020 University of York, UK
  • Working on the ERC funded project titled “Not all minds that wander are lost: A neurocognitive test of mind-wandering state’s contribution to human cognition”
 
 
 
 
 

Research assistant

Prof. Alex Wade’s lab

2016 – 2017 University of York, UK
  • Coordinating & running fMRI & MEG experiments on experiencing virtual/augmented reality
  • Developing 3D tasks using the Unity game engine
  • Analysing acquired fMRI data
  • Contributing to NeuroImaging Analysis Framework (NAF) codebase & documentation
 
 
 
 
 

Research assistant

Prof. Jonathan Smallwood’s lab

2014 – 2015 University of York, UK
  • Coordinating & running neuroimaging studies at full length, on the neural correlates of spontaneous thoughts:

    • designing an experiment
    • setting up scanning protocols
    • coding behavioural tasks (PsychoPy)
    • recruiting participants
    • acquiring & analysing behavioural & neuroimaging data (fMRI, DWI, MEG)
    • preparing manuscripts for publication
    • presenting results at science meetings
  • Developing data analysis pipelines in Python

 
 
 
 
 

Research collaborator

York Neuroimaging Centre, UK

2014 – 2015 University of York, UK
  • Analysing fMRI & MEG neuroimaging data from a clinical study on epilepsy
 
 
 
 
 

Physics tutor

2007 – 2013 Thessaloniki, Greece

Awards, Conferences & Activities

Organization for Human Brain Mapping - Annual meeting

Poster presentation

Brainhack Global

Member of the organising committee

Member of the YNiC Research Governance Committee

PhD departmental studentship

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