Theofanis Karayannis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Theofanis Karayannis

Current Position

Assistant Professor
Brain Research Institute
University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Contact Information

Phone: 212.263.7693
Fax: 212.263.9170

Education and Training


  • 2016- Present: 
  • 11/2007 - 2016: Postdoctoral fellow
  • 05/2007 - 09/2007: Postdoctoral fellow in Marco Capogna Lab, MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2007: D.Phil. in Neuropharmacology, Univ. of Oxford, UK,Marco Capogna Lab
  • 2003: M.Sc. in Neuroscience, King's College-University of London, UK
  • 2002: B.Sc. in Pharmacy, University of Athens, Greece

Current 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.