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Science Award – Fani Koukoulis

Fani Koukouli,

Doctor of the University of Sorbonne “Pierre and Marie Curie”

Researcher in Neurobiology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

Dr . Fani Koukouli had from a young age a passion and a deep desire to devote himself to it. She wanted to ask questions, and she was able to do everything she could to get the answers she so longed for. With research in it and with the power of will, perseverance and patience, it transformed search into vision, knowledge into creation, hard work into success.

Thus, after studying in Thessaloniki, New York and Paris and a remarkable course for the sake of science, he became recognized in the consciousness of the scientific community and gained international recognition.

He comes from Litochoro in the prefecture of Pieria and studied at the School of Pharmacy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he completed postgraduate studies in the Group of Spongiform Encephalopathies.

In 2012 she won a scholarship from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to prepare her doctoral thesis, as she was accepted into one of the most competitive international doctoral studies programs in France, followed later by training and specialized in microscopic analyses of brain neurons in Cold Spring Harbor, America.

With her arms of love for the subject of research she conducted, her zeal and hard work, in 2016 she was awarded a Doctor of Neuroscience at the University of Sorbonne Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris on the subject: “The role of nicotinic receptors in the activity of neurons in a healthy and weak brain”.

His neurobiological research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris focuses on genetic mutations of nicotinic receptors that predispose to psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.

Her scientific writing includes publications describing how the brain is affected in pathologies such as Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease by proposing therapeutic approaches.

Her dream is one day with collective effort, progress and science to triumph even more, so that humanity can better and illuminate other paths that lead to healing, health through the search, research and development of new therapeutic means.

It is internationally respected and has been honoured and awarded for its scientific work by various international bodies. This includes the L’Oréal-UNESCO award “For Women in Science”, which is an important reward for hard work and dedication.

He also received the first prize in biomedical sciences at the French Ministry of Health, was awarded the Gandy Award by the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris at the Sorbonne, and was recently awarded by the American Association of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Fanny Koukouli represents a calm force that can, as long as she only wants to. “The will, when it is illuminated by knowledge, always knows what it wants.”

She’s married and the mother of a daughter.


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