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Jokūbas Žiburkus, PhD


Jokūbas Žiburkus is an Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry with expertise in neurophysiology, neuroimaging, and neuroanatomy. His laboratory studies neural circuit activity and animal behavior in pathophysiological models of epilepsy and neural hyper-excitability using electrophysiology, fast voltage-sensitive dye imaging, neuroanatomical techniques, and computational neuroscience based approaches.

Dr. Žiburkus' team seeks to determine the cellular and network mechanisms underlying neural hyper-excitability during formation of intractable childhood epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, following traumatic brain injuries, and in advanced forms of dementia. His research is currently sponsored by the Dravet Syndrome Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association. The Principal Investigator's long-term research goals are to discover mechanisms that lead to neural hyperexcitability and neurodegeneration and to develop new effective methods to treat these disorders.

Jokūbas Žiburkus is a Chair of Research Initiative Committee of American Epilepsy Society, member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Physiological Society, the Lithuanian Neuroscience Association (Founding and Board Member), the Federation of European Neurosciences, and the Research Committee for Biology of Behavior Institute at the University of Houston. He has authored multiple high levels publications and book chapters and received numerous honours and awards for his work in the USA.

Dr. Žiburkus received his PhD in Neuroscience from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSU HSC), New Orleans, and completed his Post Doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University, Mind/Brain Institute, Baltimore, MD, George Mason University, and Pennsylvania State University.