Jokūbas Žiburkus is an Assistant 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 epileptogenesis and 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 epileptogenesis and following traumatic brain injuries. The Principal Investigator's long-term research goals are to discover novel mechanisms and develop effective ways to treat and eliminate epileptogenesis and neural circuit hyper-excitability associated with genetic channel mutations, and chemical and traumatic brain injuries.
Jokūbas Žiburkus is member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Physiological Society, the Lithuanian Neuroscience Association (Founding and Board Member), the Federation of European Neurosciences, the American Epilepsy Society, and the Research Committee for Biology of Behavior Institute at the University of Houston. He has received numerous honours and awards for his work, the most recent being the Epilepsy Foundation’s Young Investigator (2008) Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2006) awards and American Epilepsy Society Travel Awards in 2004 and 2005.
His recent Grant and Journal Review Panels include:
2010/11 Epilepsy Foundation Research Grant Review Panel, Member
2011/12 American Epilepsy Society Research Initiative Fund Review Committee, Member
2011/12 Alzheimer’s Association Grant ad hoc Reviewer
2012 Medical Research Council (United Kingdom) ad hoc reviewer
2012 Journal of Neurophysiology ad hoc reviewer
2012 Current Enzyme Inhibition guest reviewer.
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 and George Mason University.