Associate Research Professor
City University of New York
Constantina Theofanopoulou is an Associate Research Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York, a Visiting Associate Professor at Rockefeller University, and a Visiting Scholar at New York University. She is directing the Neurobiology of Social Communication lab. Dr. Theofanopoulou is interested in understanding the neurobiology of social communication, in complex human sensorimotor behaviors, such as speech and dance, and in identifying possible therapies for disorders that include deficits in these behaviors (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Parkinson’s Disease). Her research has appeared in scientific journals like Nature, Proceedings of Royal Society B, and PLOS ONE, and covered by over 25 different magazines around the world, among which by Science, Nature and New Scientist. She has received more than 20 awards, including the distinction in the Forbes 2021 list and the Next Generation Leader recognition from the Allen Institute. She is also actively involved in the dissemination of science to the general public (e.g., TED talk), as well as in the support of underrepresented minorities in science. She has served as a New York Academy of Sciences STEM mentor in underserved communities throughout NYC, and in 2021, she was voted networking coordinator at the Council of the Rockefeller Inclusive Science Initiative. Lastly, she is the voted Leader of the Greek division of the European Reference Genome Atlas initiative.