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Dr Antonios Christou

Job: VC2020 Senior Lecturer in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Division of Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience Research Group

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester. LE1 9BH

T: :+44 (0) 116 207 8707

E: antonios.christou@dmu.ac.uk

W: antonioschristou.weebly.com/

 

Personal profile

Dr. Antonios I. Christou is a Senior Lecturer [VC2020] in Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience.

He is actively involved in the emerging field of Neuroimaging Genetics, which integrates brain activity and genetic profiles to promote understanding of human risk and resilience for affective problems. His primary research interests are in the broad area of cognitive and affective neuroscience, particularly in understanding how  environmental influences may intervene risk and resilience patterns associated with affective functions and responses. In 2014, he obtained a PhD in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, UK, School of Psychology specialised in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology. He later completed 2 years of postdoctoral training at the University of Birmingham, Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre where he worked with Professor Chris Miall in a Wellcome Trust-funded project examining the neurobiological underpinnings of human sensory-motor functioning. He joined DMU in December 2015.


Dr. Christou has developed expertise in using EEG, eye tracking and psychophysics methods in studying human behaviour and affectivity.  He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre, University of Birmingham, UK, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Research group affiliations

Cognition and Neuroscience Research Group

Publications and outputs 

1.      Christou, A. I., Wallis, Y., Bair, H., Zeegers M. P., & McCleery J. P. (2017). Serotonin 5-HTTLPR genotype modulates reactive visual scanning of social and non-social affective stimuli in young children. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. http://dx.doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00118 [IF: 3.34]

2.      Christou A. I., Beggs A., Galea J., & Miall R. C. (2017). Effects of multi-gene profile on individual differences in motor adaptation: a visuomotor and force-field comparison, in BNA 2017 Festival of Neuroscience, Abstract Book. Brain and Neuroscience Advances, 2 (4). http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2398212817705279

3.      Christou, A.I., Miall, R.C., Galea, J., & McNab, F. (2016).  Individual differences in explicit and implicit visuomotor learning and working memory capacity. Scientific Reports, 6, 36633. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep36633  [IF: 5.22]
4.      Christou, A. I., Endo, S., Wallis, Y., Bair, H., Zeegers M. P., & McCleery J. P. (2016). Variation in serotonin 5-HTTLPR short/long genotype modulates resting frontal EEG asymmetries in children. Development and Psychopathology, 28 (1).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954579415000413 [IF: 5.48]
5.       Christou, A. I., Wallis, Y., Bair, H., Crawford, H., Frisson, S., Zeegers, M., & McCleery, J. (2015). BDNFVal66Met and 5-HTTLPR genotype are each associated with visual scanning patterns of faces in young children. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience,  9, 175.
http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00175 [IF: 3.34]

Research interests/expertise

Investigation of risk and resilience-associated neurobiological, behavioural and environmental markers for affective problems throughout the lifespan, in the following areas of inquiry:

1) Genetic and behavioural markers of inter-individual vulnerability for maladaptive behaviours, such as conduct problems, throughout the lifespan

2) The role of pre-frontal functions on the establishment of stress and anxiety during early childhood using longitudinal designs (electroencephalography; EEG) 

3) Neurobiological underpinnings of aversive processing as an index of affective problems (eye-tracking)

  • Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Neuroimaging Genetics
  • Risk and Resilience
  • Gene X Environment Interactions.

Qualifications

PhD in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology (2013), University of Birmingham, U.K.
M.A. in Inclusive Education (2011) University of Birmingham, U.K.
BSc. in  Psychology (2009), University of Ioannina, Greece

Courses taught

Historical Perspectives in Psychology (PSYC1092; Module Leader)

Biological Psychology (PSYC2091)

Introductory Research Methods (PSYC1090)

Membership of external committees

British Psychological Society: Member of the Standing Conference Committee

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Neuroscience Association (2016-date)

Society for the Neural Control of Movement (2014-date)
European Brain and Behavior Society (2012-date)
British Psychological Society (2011-date)
Hellenic Society for Neuroscience (2011-date)
Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (2011-date)

Externally funded research grants information

2015: Guarantors of Brain: Travel Grant awarded to attend the EBBS-EBPS Joint Meeting taking place in Verona, Italy between 12-15 September 2015 (amount awarded: £600)

2013: Hilary Green Research Fund, University of Birmingham, School of Psychology, for research in children's GxE interactions in the development of empathy (amount awarded: £8,000)

2013: College of Life and Enviromental Sciences, University of Birmingham, U.K. . Research Grant to organize a scientific conference entitled: The Birmingham eMind Conference: is technology rewiring young minds? (amount awarded: £1,500)

2012: Hellenic Republic - IKY- Greek State Scholarships Foundation  Research Development Grand towards the cost of genetic analyses (amount awarded: € 4,200)

2010: IKY- Greek State Scholarships Foundation. 3-year full time studentship for postgraduate research in the field of developmental psychopathology/special needs after ranked 1st on the Foundation's nationwide competition (amount awarded: €55,000)

Internally funded research project information

Research Innovation Internal Small Research Grant, DMU: for an initiative aiming to conduct genetic profiling of the UG population in the Division of Psychology (amount awarded £5,000). November 2016

Psychology Research Fund, DMU: Small research Fund towards the RA costs in a project initiative aiming to conduct genetic profiling of the UG population in the Division of Psychology (amount awarded £500). October 2016


Professional esteem indicators

Review Editor: Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology & Neuroscience

Review Editor: Frontiers in Emotion Science

Media coverage:


  1. 21.02.2017: DMU psychologist sees paper appear in world-renowned publication- See more at: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2017/february/dmu-psychologist-sees-paper-appear-in-world-renowned-publication.aspx 
  2. 11.04.2017: DMU psychologists invited to contribute at international mental health summit- See more at: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2017/april/dmu-psychologists-invited-to-contribute-at-international-mental-health-summit.aspx
  3. 23.03.2016: DMU academic's research features in distinguished world 'Top 100' list - See more at: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2016/march/dmu-academics-research-features-in-distinguished-world-top-100-list.aspx
  4. 22.12.2015: Paper on the genetic effects in children’s face processing featured in Frontiers ‘Top 100 articles from 2015 in the spotlight’ out of 12,500 publications http://blog.frontiersin.org/2015/12/22/spotlight100/
  5. 21.05.2015: Media coverage of a study investigating the effects of a genetic variant that modulates serotonin availability and frontal brain activity in healthy young children. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/294270.php
  6. 30.06.2015: Media coverage: Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) a major research funding body in Greece, and research and academic profile (in Greek). https://www.iky.gr/component/k2/item/2300-antonis-xristou-metaptyxiakos-ypotrofos-eksoterikoy-1ou-kai-2ou-kyklou
  7. 19.05.2015: University of Birmingham, U.K. Researchers identify a genetic marker, which influences brain activity patterns that place children at higher risk of psychological problems later in life http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/psychology/news-events/2015/18May15-genetic-marker.aspx
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