Dr Anastasia Christakou
Associate Professor in Cognitive Neurobiology
School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences University of Reading
Date of Birth 04-Jan-1975
Place of Birth Kastoria, Greece
Dr Anastasia Christakou is Associate Professor at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading, UK. She is a research affiliate and steering committee member of the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, and a visiting researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She trained as a biologist at Imperial College London, and earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology at Cambridge with Professors Barry Everitt and Trevor Robbins. Her research focuses on the function and development of corticostriatal circuits in health and disorder, in humans and other animals. She uses functional, structural and neurochemical imaging, alongside mathematical modelling, informed by in silico and animal experiments. She collaborates with labs and other organisations internationally to pursue a broad molecules-to-mind perspective. Her lab has trained 3 postdoctoral scientists and 8 PhD students, alongside over 50 graduate researchers and undergraduate trainees. She contributes to peer review at international funding organisations and scientific journals, and serves as Associate Editor at Royal Society Open Science. She is motivated by open scientific practice and “slow” scholarship, and actively supports training and collaboration across disciplinary and national borders.