Dr Nikolina Skandali completed her undergraduate medical studies (2005-2011) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where in parallel she worked as a research assistant in the Laboratories of Pharmacology and Physiology. She gained experience in the fields of neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology. After graduating, she moved to London, where she obtained her Master’s Degree (MSc) in Clinical Neuroscience from the Institute of Neurology, at University College London (2011-2012). During her Master’s Degree, she undertook a research project (November 2011- August 2012) as a member of the Emotion group under the supervision of Professor Ray Dolan (FRS) in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, at University College London (UCL). Her dissertation thesis was entitled: “Reward and subjective well-being: the effect of reward prediction errors on happiness and potential modulation by L-DOPA” and her research project was awarded a Distinction Grade (72%). Afterwards, she was employed as a Clinical Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging in Professor Dolan’s group (November 2012- August 2013), where she participated in several research projects and conducted several studies on decision making and neuropsychiatry. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Psychiatry, at University of Cambridge under the immediate supervision of Professor Barbara Sahakian (FMedSci) and Professor Trevor Robbins (CBE FRS FMedSci). Her current work is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) through the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI) at the University of Cambridge.
She is a co-author in several peer-reviewed papers indexed in the PubMed database and has given lectures and presentations in both international and regional conferences. She is currently the Junior Secretary of the Hellenic Medical Society (UK Division) and in the past, she served as a Committee Member of the University College London Early Career Neuroscience Forum.