Nikolaos Vardalakis

PhD student

Thesis topic: Effects of entorhinal cortex electrical stimulation on the functional interactions between the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex during a visuospatial memory task in non-human primates
Thesis supervisor: Fabien Wagner en collaboration avec Nicolas Rougier

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Initially trained as an engineer, my interest in neuroscience and prosthetics pulled me towards Bordeaux and the IMN, where I am carrying out research on neuromodulation and neuroprosthetics. In 2017 I graduated from the Technical University of Crete in Greece, with a Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The same year I decided I wanted to specialize in biomedical applications, thus I enrolled at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where I studied for my Master’s in Biomedical Engineering. In my second year, I performed my internship at Nick Ramsey’s BCI Lab at the UMC Utrecht, where my interest in neuroprosthetics was further cultivated. As a member of the NeuroMuscular Control Lab, I investigated the application of EEG source localization methods in the development of lower hand motor prosthetics, which was the topic of my M.Sc. Thesis.

Currently, I am conducting research as a member of Dr. Fabien Wagner’s team, where I am working on developing a novel memory neuroprosthesis that aims to restore the dynamics of the neuronal networks involved in episodic memory through electrical stimulation of the hippocampus-prefrontal cortex circuit. My project is carried out in collaboration with Dr. Nicolas P. Rougier on the development of a computational model of the prefrontal-hippocampal network and its intricate dynamics.

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