Picture taken by Johannes Frandsen.

Christina Neofytou

PhD student

About me

I am an experienced researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the academia and the pharmaceutical industry. I have obtained a Bachelor's degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Biology, with a specialisation in Genetics, Developmental and Molecular Biology and a Master of Medical Science degree with a Major in Biomedicine from Karolinska Institutet.

I am currently a PhD student in Molecular Neurodevelopment in the Ola Hermanson laboratory, at the department of Neuroscience in Karolinska Institutet. I also act as a Collaborating Research Specialist in Celluminova, a company which specialises in the development of new tools for stem cell research, including cancer stem cells. 

Additionally, I have a strong interest for Science Communications and, in my free time, I organise events and participate in activities related to raising public interest in science and to connecting researchers and building collaborations. I am a passionate scientific communicator, event coordinator, mentor and public speaker.

Examples of events organised / Other positions of trust

  • TEDxKI, Speaker coach
  • KICC organisation - Karolinska Institutet Clinicum Connection, Vice President
  • KICC organisation - Karolinska Institutet Clinicum Connection, Head Of Marketing and Communications
  • Annual Biomedicum Young Researchers Symposium (BYRS), Vice President
  • Stockholms Akademiska Forum, Guest Editor
  • PhD Careers Beyond Academia Club at Karolinska Institutet, Event Coordinator
  • Doctoral Students' Association at KI (DSA), Student Safety representative (safety ombudsperson) for the Department of Neuroscience
  • Digital Ambassador and programme representative for the MSc in Biomedicine 
  • Stockholm Science City, Guest editor and event hostess
  • BUS (Biomedicinska utbildningssektionen - Biomedical Students Association), Head of alumni Committee

Research description

The Hermanson lab focuses on the development of the brain and maturation of neural stem and progenitor cells, with implications for psychiatric and neurological disease as well as tumors in the nervous system. More specifically, the main focus of the lab is to understand transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of differentiation of neural progenitors, especially of the cortex and in CNS tumors such as glioblastoma, paediatric high-grade glioma, and medulloblastoma, while also developing new methods and technologies for improved studies of epigenetics and stem cell biology, and applications in precision medicine.

My aim is to understand the key molecular mechanisms in play during normal brain development, with a focus on epigenetics, and to describe how these processes are dysregulated in tumor formation, in recovery after radiation therapy and in developmental disorders. 

Teaching portfolio

Supervision of students in the lab for their Master's thesis/Bachelor's thesis/Erasmus projects

Teaching Assistant positions: Cellular Neurobiology course for medical students (oral exams), Neurohistology workshop for medical students, Molecular Biology demonstration in FoLäk for medical students (Forskningsintroducerande kurs för studenter på läkarprogrammet)


PhD in Medical Science, Karolinska institutet, Department of Neuroscience, Ola Hermanson group, 2019-currently

Master of Medical Science (MMedSc) with a Major in Biomedicine, Karolinska institutet, 2016-2018

Bachelor’s in Science (BSc), Degree in Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Specialisation Track: Genetics, Developmental and Molecular Biology, 2011-2015

Epigenetics, Chromatin and Gene Expression Course - Scholarship holder, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Summer 2019 (intensive program)

Erasmus Placement Internship, University of Kent, Apr-Jun 2016