Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996 – 2000
    Ph.D., University of Southern California, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • 1996 – 1998
    M.Sc., University of Southern California, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • 1992 – 1996
    Diploma, University of Cyprus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Nicosia, Cyprus

Selected publications

  • Chavlis S, Poirazi P. Drawing inspiration from biological dendrites to empower artificial neural networks. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, Oct 2021 | DOI: 10.1016/j.conb.2021.04.007

  • Poirazi P, Papoutsi A. Illuminating dendritic function with computational models. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11 May 2020 | DOI: 10.1038/s41583-020-0301-7

  • Gidon A, Zolnik TA, Fidzinski P, Bolduan F, Papoutsi A, Poirazi P, Holtkamp M, Vida I, Larkum ME. Dendritic action potentials and computation in human layer 2/3 cortical neurons. Science, 03 Jan 2020 | DOI: 10.1126/science.aax6239

  • Park J, Papoutsi A, Ash RT, Marin MA, Poirazi P, Smirnakis SM. Contribution of apical and basal dendrites to orientation encoding in mouse V1 L2/3 pyramidal neurons. Nature Communications, 26 November 2019 | DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-13029-0

  • Poirazi, P. Brannon, T. & Mel, B.W. Arithmetic of Subthreshold Synaptic Summation in a Model CA1 Pyramidal Cell. Neuron, vol 37, pg. 977-987, March 2003.

  • Poirazi, P. Brannon, T. & Mel, B.W. Pyramidal Neuron as 2-Layer Neural Network. Neuron, vol 37, pg. 989-999, March 2003.

  • Poirazi, P. and Mel, B.W. Impact of Active Dendritic Processing and Structural Plasticity on Learning and Memory. Neuron, vol 29, pg. 779-796, March 2001.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • NIH grant No 1R01MH124867-01 (Co-PI), w. Attila Losonczy (PI), “Experimental and modeling investigations into microcircuit, cellular and subcellular determinants of hippocampal ensemble recruitment to contextual representations”, ΝΙΗ, 1/1/2021-31/12/2024, Total budget: $3,000,000, Lab budget: $615,000.

  • Einstein Visiting Fellowship, Einstein Foundation Berlin, “Investigating the mechanisms of behavioral flexibility”, Host: Larkum lab, Humboldt University, Berlin, 1/2020 – 12/ 2022, €449,771.

  • FET Open project 863245 NEUREKA: “A smart, hybrid neural-computo device for drug discovery”, European Commission, 12/2019-11/2023, Total budget: €2,776,704, Lab budget: €753,250. neureka.gr

  • FORTH Synergy Grant, EVO-NMDA: Evolution of the NMDA receptor and its role in cognitive functions (co-PI with Pavlos Pavlides, ICS-FORTH), 1/10/2019-30/9/21, Lab budget: €40,000.

  • Marie Curie Incoming European Fellowship of the European Commission. Project title “Evolution of gene regulatory networks by means of natural selection and genetic drift.” 1/04/2014-30/03/2016, €169,000.00. Fellow: Pavlos Pavlidis.

  • ERC STG 2012: "dEMORY: Dissecting the Role of dendrites in memory", Funding: European Research Council, 2012 – 2017. Budget: €1,398,000.

  • Marie Curie Initial Training Network of the European Commission "Neuroelectronics and nanotechnology: towards a Multidisciplinary Approach for the Science and Engineering of Neuronal Networks" 2011 – 2015. Coordinator: University of Antwerp, Budget: €165,000.

  • Marie Curie Individual Outgoing Fellowship of the European Commission. "Computational modeling and physiological studies of neural form and function in the aging brain." 1/3/2008 – 28/2/2010, 204,142.00 Euro P.I & Fellow: Panayiota Poirazi

  • Levendis Foundation Grant for the establishment of an Electrophysiology Unit at IMBB-FORTH, Funding: Levendis Foundation, 1/2006. €93,000.

  • EMBO Young Investigator Award "Using Computational Methods to Understand Neural and Gene Function" Funding: EMBO 1/2005 – 12/2007. €75.000.

  • Marie Curie Individual Fellowship of the European Commission. Project title "Using Expression Profiling to Identify Molecular Mechanisms in Malaria: Introducing Neural Networks for Microarray Data Analysis." Contract no: QLK6-CT2001-51031, 75.200 Euro, 1/2002 – 6/2004.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • EMBO

  • FENS Kavli Network of Excellence (Alumna)

  • Young Academy of Europe (YAE, Alumna)

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

  • Society for Neuroscience (SFN)

  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

  • European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO-YIP)

  • Hellenic Society for Computational Biology (HSCB)

  • Hellenic Society for Neuroscience (HSN)

  • Marie Curie Fellows Association (MCFA)

  • European Neuroscience Institute Network (ENI-NET)

Media coverage

  • Interviews with Dr. Poirazi on national TV and radio channels (Kriti T.V., NET, New Crete TV) about her "woman of the year 2012" award and her research, March 2013.

  • "Woman of the year award" by the L.I.F.O. magazine to Dr. Poirazi, January 2013.

  • Article in the Greek daily "Vima" about the ERC Starting grant awarded to three young Greek scientists, one of which is Dr. Poirazi, September 2012.

  • Press Release for the ERC Starting Grant 'dEMORY – Dissecting the Role of Dendrites in Memory' project, July 2012. Relevant articles in the local and national press: Kathimerini, Athens News Agency, Patris, KathimeriniCyprus, Antenna.

  • Article in Science Illustrated (Greek version) covering the work of the Poirazi lab on single neuron models of information coding in the hippocampus, March 2011. Respective publication: Pissadaki et al, PLoS Computational Biology, 2010.

  • Press release covering work of the Poirazi lab on single neuron models of information coding in the hippocampus, December 18th, 2010. Respective publication: Pissadaki et al, PLoS Computational Biology, 2010. Relevant article in the Greek national daily Eleftherotypia.

  • Press release covering work of the Poirazi lab on the analysis of cancer phenotypes, July 11th, 2010. Respective publication: Petalidis et al, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 2008. Relevant article in the Greek national daily Eleftherotypia.

  • Press release covering work of the Poirazi lab on brain modeling, May 21st, 2007. Specifically, the role of dendrites in information processing in the hippocampus. Relevant article in the Greek national daily Eleftherotypia.

  • Press release covering work of the Poirazi lab on computational methods for gene profiling in relation to cancer and modeling of gene regulatory networks in yeast, May 3rd, 2007. Relevant article in the Greek national daily Eleftherotypia.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Married to Panos Tsakalides, a professor in Computer Science at the University of Crete

  • Mother of two boys and one girl


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