Kamila is a neuroscientist, autism researcher and co-founder & CEO of Frontiers, a leading open-access academic publisher and research network. 

Kamila graduated in psychology from the Technical University Berlin in 2003. She did her diploma thesis work at the Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt under the supervision of Sergio Neuenschwander and Wolf Singer focusing on fast coherent responses to visual inputs as a function of prior synchronization states in the visual cortex. She obtained her PhD degree in Neuroscience at the Brain Mind Institute at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2006 under the supervision of Carmen Sandi, where her work in the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics was focused on molecular alterations involved in emotional learning and characterization of a rat model of autism. She then joined the Laboratory of Neural Ensemble Physiology at the BMI, EPFL as a post-doc with Miguel Nicolelis where she continued working on autism using parallel multi-electrode, multi-site recordings in a rat model to unravel the brain circuit alterations underlying autism.

Since 2008 she is the autism project group leader in the Laboratory of Neural Microcircuits, BMI, EPFL. This team studies autism in several rodent models using a spectrum of non-invasive and invasive approaches at the genetic, molecular, cellular, synaptic, local circuit, circuit, systems and behavioral level. Together with Henry Markram, she co-developed the "Intense World Theory of Autism” which proposes that many symptoms of autism may be secondary to exaggerated fear memories and an overly intense world.


Professional Address
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Brain Mind Institute Life Sciences
Laboratory of Neural Microcircuits
Lausanne, Switzerland
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Autism Project Director
Jan 2008 - Current
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) (Academia)
Brain Mind Institute, Laboratory of Neural Microcircuit
Lausanne, Switzerland
Website Organization:
Co-founder and CEO
Jan 2007 - Current


Electrophysiology in awake behaving rats
Jan 2006 - Jan 2007
Health > Psychology for Clinical Settings
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
Brain Mind Institute, Laboratory of Neural Ensemble Physiology
Lausanne, Switzerland
Neurophysiological mechanisms of emotional learning and memory
Jan 2003 - Jan 2006
Doctorate (Ph.D., M.D., etc.)
Health > Psychology for Clinical Settings
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
Brain Mind Insitute, Laboratory of Behavioural Genetics
Lausanne, Switzerland
Electrophysiology in the cat visual cortex
Jan 2001 - Jan 2002
Masters (MS, MA, etc)
Health > Psychology for Clinical Settings
Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research
Department of Neurophysiology
Frankfurt, Germany
Jan 1998 - Jan 2003
Masters (MS, MA, etc)
Humanities and Social Sciences > Psychology
Technical University of Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Jan 1996 - Jan 1998
Free University Berlin
Jan 1995
High School
Gymnasium Lunen-Altluenen


Brain Mind Institute Award for Outstanding Progress in Ph.D. studies
Awarding Authority:
Brain Mind Institute, EPFL


Society for Neuroscience
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