Dr. Giannis Lois

Curriculum Vitae

03/2017 Ph.D. in cognitive and clinical neuroscience, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; Thesis: "Altered large-scale network functional connectivity in Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder during remission: Evidence for neurobiological risk factors for recurrent Depression"
Since 10/2016 Postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology (Prof. Dr. Michèle Wessa), University of Mainz
04/2012 - 12/2013 Researcher (PhD student) in the Department of Experimental Psychology and Imaging, Clinic of Psychiatry, Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg
PhD thesis: "Altered large-scale network functional connectivity in Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder during remission: Evidence for neurobiological risk factors for recurrent Depression"
Supervisor: Michèle Wessa
08/2011 - 12/2011 Master’s Thesis Research: “Differential roles of dorsal and ventral medial prefrontal cortex in cognitive emotion regulation: A meta-analysis of fMRI studies”
Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Hamburg-Eppendorf University
Supervisor: Dr. Raffael Kalisch
12/2010 - 12/2011 Nine-month internship
Research topic: “Neural correlates of impaired processing of non-conscious fear signals in patients with selective lesion in basolateral amygdala”
Helmholtz Institute, Utrecht University
Supervisor: Dr. Jack van Honk
04/2010 – 11/2010 Six-month internship
Research topic: “The role of working memory and attentional control on fear conditioning and contingency awareness”
Helmholtz Institute, Utrecht University
Supervisor: Dr. Johanna Baas
09/2008 - 07/2009 Diploma thesis research
“The effects of cannabinoids in cell”
Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens,
Supervisor: Dr. Dimitra Mangoura
10/2007 - 05/2008 Undergraduate Research Student
Research topic: “The impact of early life experiences on memory retrieval under stress in rats”
Athens University, Athens, Greece,
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Fotini Stylianopoulou


Awards and Grants

06/2015 Young investigators’ award for best poster received from 12th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry
2004 - 2008 Asimakopoulos Scholarship for excellent students



Lois G., Gerchen M.F., Kirsch P., Kanske P., Schönfelder S., Wessa M. (in press). Large-scale network functional interactions during distraction and reappraisal in remitted MDD and BD patients. Bipolar Disorders
Lois G., Kirsch P., Plichta M.M., Sandner M., Wessa M. (in prep.). Experimental and methodological factors affecting test-retest reliability of amygdala BOLD responses.

Lois G., Wessa M. (2016). Dissociation of healthy and remitted depressed ruminators on Default Mode Network connectivity. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci.

Wessa M., Lois G. (2015) Brain Functional Effects of Psychopharmacological Treatment in MDD: A Focus on Neural Circuitry of Affective Processing. Cur. Neuropharmacology

Lois G., Linke J., & Wessa M. (2014). Altered functional connectivity between emotional and cognitive resting state networks in euthymic bipolar I disorder patients. [Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't]. PLoS One, 9(10), e107829. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0107829

Asimaki O., Leondaritis G., Lois G., Sakellaridis N., & Mangoura D. (2011). Cannabinoid 1 receptor-dependent transactivation of fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 emanates from lipid rafts and amplifies extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 activation in embryonic cortical neurons. [Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't]. J Neurochem, 116(5), 866-873. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-4159.2010.07030.x

Research Interests

  • Functional and structural connectivity in patients with bipolar disorder