Join our team: PhD / Postdoc position available!!

We are pleased to announce that we looking for a talented and enthusiastic scientist to join the Laboratory of Dr. Panayiota Poirazi at IMBB-FORTH as a postdoctoral fellow or as a PhD student. About the project The successful applicant will work on a multidisciplinary collaborative project aiming to determine the importance of cortical engram cells […]

Dendrify: a new framework for adding dendrites to spiking neural networks

Deciphering the secrets of the brain is considered to be one of the most important scientific endeavours of the 21st century. A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying brain function will contribute both to research into the treatment of neurological diseases and to the field of Artificial Intelligence, which has become an integral part of […]

Long-range cortical inputs drive local dendritic spikes in hippocampal pyramidal neurons

We are excited to share our latest study in collaboration with the lab of Jayeeta Basu at NYU. In this work we joined forces to study how the brain conveys important environmental cues like novelty and reward. Using dendritic electrophysiology, optogenetics and computational modeling we uncovered a disinhibitory microcircuit that gates dendritic spikes in CA1 pyramidal neurons […]

Uncovering the role of neuromodulation in memory linking

We are excited to share our latest study in collaboration with the lab of Alcino Silva at UCLA.  This work, published in NEURON, explores the role of neuromodulation by dopamine to the linking of memories. Memories are often linked, meaning that recall of one memory triggers the recall of another. In this study, UCLA scientists A. Chowdhury, A. […]

FENS 2022 plenary lecture: Learning with dendrites in brain and machines

Dr Poirazi recently represented Greece and IMBB-FORTH as a plenary speaker in FENS Forum 2022, the largest European Neuroscience meeting that took place this year in Paris . In her presentation, she discussed how computational modelling has helped us illuminate dendritic functions and their role in cognitive processes. She also presented the main findings of […]

Dendrites meet The Economist

How neurons really work is slowly being elucidated. That will help both Medicine and the search for better Artificial Intelligence. A recent article from The Economist lists our lab’s work among pioneering studies with far reaching implications in the fields of Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence!! For more information click here.