• Additional Titles:Director, Human Systems Neuroscience Laboratory
  • Education: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
  • Website or Lab: Human Systems Neuroscience Laboratory
  • Office:635 Commonwealth Ave
  • Phone:617-353-8375

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.

Selected 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.

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