About Constantina Theofanopoulou.
New York, New York
Dr. Constantina Theofanopoulou is a Post-Doctoral researcher in the Neurogenetics of Language Laboratory, at The Rockefeller University. Her research interests range from neuroscience to genomics, and her studies have appeared in journals like Nature, Proceedings of Royal Society B, and PLOS ONE. She is interested in the neural underpinnings of social behaviors, like language, including from a genomics perspective. She is also involved in the Vertebrate Genomes Project. Her research has been covered internationally by over 25 different magazines, including Science magazine and the New Scientist. Constantina has been selected among the Forbes 30 Under 30 2021 list for Science and Healthcare, and has received over 20 awards and distinctions for her science, including from the Society for Neuroscience, the International Brain Research Organization, and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. Constantina is also a strong advocate for supporting women and other underrepresented minorities in STEM, being a STEM mentor in the New York Academy of Sciences and a networking coordinator at the Council of the Rockefeller Inclusive Science Initiative. Lastly, Constantina is a flamenco dancer, having performed in many solo and group shows worldwide; in 2012, she was awarded with the first prize of the Spanish Dance Society.
Dr. Constantina Theofanopoulou, a postdoctoral researcher at Rockefeller University, and Dr. Sadye Paez, a senior research associate in the Neurogenetics of Language Laboratory, will join CBA for a semester-long fellowship to gather and synthesize evidence on the neurological links between dance and vocal learning; examine how species developed the capacity to coordinate rhythmic sound with movement to unlock theories about the purpose of dance in human evolution; and design experiments and methodologies that will have a range of clinical and research applications and create a better shared understanding of how the neuroscience of language and dance intersect. Read the press release here.