Theo Kapogianis*


Ph.D., Neurobiology & Behavior, UC Irvine (Expected 2026)
B.S., Cognitive & Behavior Neuroscience, UC San Diego, 2019


Learning and memory: cognitive representations of abstract associations


Theo grew up in Southern California and graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience from UCSD in 2019.  He is currently in a Ph.D. program at UCI working under Dr. Liz Chrastil. His work focuses on examining how latent associations, relationships which are not immediately apparent, are learned and mentally represented through the lens of navigation and graph theory, a field of abstract mathematics.

Why is science communication important to you personally?

Videos from folks like Bill Nye or Hank Green were things that sparked my interest in science from a young age. They fostered curiosity and a fascination in the world around me. Making science fun, easily digestible, and accessible were crucial. I hope to contribute to sparking that same curiosity in others.

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