Dr. Stelios Smirnakis was born in Iraklion, Crete, Greece. He obtained a BA in Physics and the MD/PhD in Medicine and Physics at Harvard University. After training in Neurology at the Partners Neurology Program, he specialized in Vascular Neurology and Critical Care. He served as a Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Dept. Logothetis) in Tuebingen, Germany, working on a primate fMRI model of visual cortex plasticity after injury, then as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, before moving to Baylor College of Medicine in March 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neuroscience. His research interests focus on studying cortical circuit function in health and disease using a range of methods including functional magnetic resonance imaging, two-photon imaging and classical electrophysiology.