Graduate Program

Alexandros Kokkosis, BS, MS

Advisor: Dr. Adan Aguirre

442 Center for Molecular Medicine

631-632-5499  alexandros.kokkosis@stonybrook.edu
Glia biology in brain homeostasis and neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Biography

 

I was born and raised in the beautiful Greece. I received my Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Neurobiology from the University of Patras in 2012. My undergraduate research predominantly focused on neurotoxicity, cholinergic system aberrations and behavioral dysfunction. After graduating, I took advantage of the time before starting my master studies, by taking internships associated the fields of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products as well as Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology. Subsequently, I obtained a M.Sc. in Biological Technology from the University of Patras in 2015, while my master thesis was focused on the effects of Diabetes mellitus on behavioral indices, through the induction of oxidative stress and neuronal apoptosis.

During my PhD studies at Stony Brook University, I intend to build upon my previous research experience and investigate neural degeneration/repair in various neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive neuroscience as well as mapping of the circuits of the brain and measuring the fluctuating patterns of electrical and chemical activity. With this dynamic picture I espouse we could link brain activity to behavior with precise interventional tools that change neural circuit dynamics, so that future treatments may be developed.

Apart from academic activities, I have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance (Baritone) with a minor in Musical Composition, and I have participated in opera productions of the Greek National Opera House. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and ping pong, running, watching movies and spending time outdoors with friends.



Publications:
1. Anastasia-Varvara Ferlemi, Dionisis Avgoustatos, Alexandros G. Kokkosis, Vasilis Protonotarios, Caterina Constantinou, Marigoula Margarity. Lead induced effects on learning/memory and fear/anxiety are correlated with disturbances in specific cholinesterase isoform activity and redox imbalance in adult brain, Physiology & Behavior, Volume 131 (2014), Pages 115–122.
2. Zacharoula I. Linardaki, Malvina G. Orkoula, Alexandros G. Kokkosis, Fotini N. Lamari, Marigoula Margarity. Investigation of the neuroprotective action of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) in aluminium-exposed adult mice through behavioral and neurobiochemical assessment, Food and Chemical Toxicology 52 (2013) 163–170.


Awards:
1. The "Andreas Mentzelopoulos Scholarship” for post-graduate studies at U.S.A. universities, Health Sciences domain, September 2015-May 2016.
2. 1st Award & best poster presentation at the 37th Conference of Hellenic Society of Biological Sciences, 21-23 May 2014, Volos, Greece. Abstract Book No. 164-165
3. Master's Studies Scholarship, Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), December 2013-December 2014.