Panayiota Poirazi is a computational neuroscientist who holds a Research Director position at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), on the Greek island of Crete. Her research focuses on the question how dendrites – branched extensions of nerve cells – influence complex brain functions, such as learning and memory. As an Einstein Visiting Fellow, the neuroscientist will contribute to the research activities of "NeuroCure", Cluster of Excellence, at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, investigating neuronal mechanisms regarding behavioural flexibility. Dr Poirazi's expertise in using computational modeling techniques is considered to be an immense enrichment for neuroscientific research in Berlin.
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Dendrites are like "Butterflies in the Brain", writes Panayiota Poirazi in her article from the series "Elephants and Butterflies - Science in a nutshell". In her research, Poirazi explores how dendrites work in the brain and tries to transfer this knowledge to artificial systems.