Theofanis Karayannis, PhD


Assistant Professor Brain Research Institute University of Zurich




Education and Training: 

  • 2016- Present: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Brain Research Institute, University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2007 - 2016: Postdoctoral fellow in Gord Fishell' lab, NYU, USA
  • 2003 - 2007: D.Phil. in Neuroscience, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2002 - 2003: M.Sc. in Neuroscience, King's College-University of London, UK
  • 2002: B.Sc. in Pharmacy, University of Athens, Greece

Current or Past Study:
My general scientific interests are on the development of the nervous system of mammals. More specifically, I am now focusing on how a broad class of brain cells called GABAergic neurons is generated from neuroepithelial cells of the ventral embryonic mouse brain and acquire their final position and role in the adult cortex. I aim to use electrophysiology together with mouse genetics and molecular biology to address GABAergic neuronal specification and integration into networks, in an effort to try to tease out what makes a GABAergic neuron to become one subtype instead of another. Both genetic and environmental inputs have been shown to be important for the proper maturation of these neurons and my efforts will focus on understanding their interplay.