Vasileios Zikopoulos, Ph.D.

Vasileios Zikopoulos, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences
Programs in Human Physiology
Director, Human Systems Neuroscience Laboratory
635 Commonwealth Ave
BS Biology, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece; 1996
MS Biology, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece; 1998
PhD Neuroscience, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece; 2004
Post-Doctoral Neuroscience, Boston University, Boston, MA; 2008
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Human Systems Neuroscience Laboratory
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Health Matters Virtual Conference

Dr. Zikopoulos presents Attention Spectrum Disorders. Hosted by Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, this presentation was a part of an online, virtual conference, “Health Matters,” which took place on September 17, 2015.

Scholarship–Recent Publications

  • Zikopoulos B, John YJ, García-Cabezas MA, Bunce JG and Barbas H (2016) The intercalated nuclear complex of the primate amygdala. 330:267-290.
  • John YJ*, Zikopoulos B*, Bullock D and Barbas H (2016) The Emotional Gatekeeper: A computational model of attentional selection and suppression through the projection from the amygdala to the thalamic reticular nucleus. PLoS Comput Biol. 12(2): e1004722. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004722 (*co-first authors).
  • Halassa MM, Chen Z, Wimmer RD, Brunetti PM, Zhao S, Zikopoulos B, Wang F, Brown EN and Wilson MA (2014). State-dependent architecture of thalamic reticular subnetworks. 158(4):808-21. PubMedCentral PMCID: PMC4205482.
  • Barbas H., Zikopoulos, B. Towards patient-specific targeting and parameter setting of deep brain stimulation for relief of depression. Commentary. Biol. Psychiatry 76:914-916, 2014.
  • Halassa MM, Chen Z, Wimmer RD, Brunetti PM, Zhao S, Zikopoulos B, Wang F, Brown EN, Wilson MA. State-dependent architecture of thalamic reticular subnetworks. Cell. 2014 Aug 14;158(4):808-21. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.06.025. PMID: 25126786
  • Zikopoulos B, Barbas H. (2013). Altered neural connectivity in excitatory and inhibitory cortical circuits in autism. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7:609. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00609. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 24098278; PubMedCentral PMCID: PMC3784686.
  • Bunce JG, Zikopoulos B, Feinberg M, and Barbas H (2013). Parallel prefrontal pathways reach distinct excitatory and inhibitory systems in memory-related rhinal cortices. Journal of Comparative Neurology Dec 15;521(18):4260-83. doi: 10.1002/cne.23413. PubMed PMID: 23839697; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3881238.
  • John YJ, Bullock D, Zikopoulos B, Barbas H (2013). Anatomy and computational modeling of networks underlying cognitive-emotional interaction. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7:101. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00101. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3613599.
  • Barbas H, García-Cabezas MA, and Zikopoulos B (2013). Frontal-thalamic circuits associated with language. Brain and Language. Jul; 126(1):49-61. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2012.10.001. Epub 2012 Dec 1. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3615046.
  • Zikopoulos B and Barbas H (2012). Pathways for emotions and attention converge on the thalamic reticular nucleus in primates. Journal of Neuroscience. 32(15): 5338-5350.
  • Barbas H, Zikopoulos B, and Timbie C (2011). Sensory pathways and emotional context for action in primate prefrontal cortex. Biological Psychiatry. 69(12): 1133-1139.
  • Zikopoulos B and Barbas H (2010). Changes in prefrontal axons may disrupt the network in autism. Journal of Neuroscience. 30(44): 14595-609.
  • Xiao D, Zikopoulos B, and Barbas H (2009). Laminar and modular organization of prefrontal projections to multiple thalamic nuclei. Neuroscience. 161(4): 1067-1081.
  • Barbas H and Zikopoulos B (2007). Sequential and parallel circuits for emotional processing in primate orbitofrontal cortex. In: The Orbitofrontal Cortex (edited by David Zald and Scott Rauch), pp57-92. New York: Oxford UP.
  • Zikopoulos B and Barbas H (2007). Parallel Driving and Modulatory Pathways Link the Prefrontal Cortex and Thalamus. PLoS ONE 2(9): e848. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000848.
  • Barbas H and Zikopoulos B (2007). The prefrontal cortex and flexible behavior. The Neuroscientist. 13(5): 532-545.
  • Zikopoulos B and Barbas H (2007). Circuits for multisensory integration and attentional modulation through the prefrontal cortex and the thalamic reticular nucleus in primates. Reviews in the Neurosciences 18(6): 417-438.
  • Zikopoulos B and Barbas H (2006). Prefrontal projections to the thalamic reticular nucleus form a unique circuit for attentional mechanisms. Journal of Neuroscience 26(28): 7348-7361.
  • Nikolakopoulou AM, Parpas A, Panagis L, Zikopoulos B, and Dermon CR (2006). Early post-hatching sex differences in cell proliferation and survival in the quail telencephalic ventricular zone and intermediate medial mesopallium. Brain Research Bulletin 70(2): 107-116.
  • Zikopoulos B and Dermon CR (2005). Comparative anatomy of α2 and β adrenoceptors in the adult and developing brain of the marine teleost, red porgy (Pagrus pagrus, Sparidae). [3H]-Clonidine and [3H]-DHA quantitative autoradiography and receptor subtypes immunohistochemistry. Journal of Comparative Neurology 489(2): 217-240.
  • Barbas H, Medalla M, Alade O, Suski J, Zikopoulos B, and Lera P (2005). Relationship of prefrontal connections to inhibitory systems in superior temporal areas in the rhesus monkey. Cerebral Cortex 15(9): 1356-1370.
  • Dermon CR, Zikopoulos B, Panagis L, Harrison E, Lancashire CL, Mileusnic R, and Stewart MG (2002). Passive avoidance training enhances cell proliferation in 1-day-old chicks. European Journal of Neuroscience 16(7): 1267-1274.
  • Zikopoulos B, Kentouri M, and Dermon CR (2001). Cell genesis in the hypothalamus is associated to the sexual phase of a hermaphrodite teleost. Neuroreport 12(11): 2477-2481.
  • Zikopoulos B, Kentouri M, and Dermon CR (2000). Proliferation zones in the adult brain of a sequential hermaphrodite teleost species (Sparus aurata). Brain Behavior and Evolution 56(6): 310-322.