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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Science > Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience


Autism Project Group Leader
Jan 2008 - Current
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Academia)
Brain Mind Institute, Laboratory of Neural Microcircuit
Lausanne, Switzerland
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Autism Project Group Leader
Jan 2008Current
Health > Psychology for Clinical Settings
Laboratory of Neural Microcircuits, Brain Mind Institute, EPFL
Lausanne, Switzerland
Jan 1995Current
Gymnasium Lunen-Altlunen
Post Doc
Jan 2006 - Jan 2007
Health > Psychology for Clinical Settings
Laboratory of Neural Ensemble Physiology, Brain Mind Institute, EPFL
Lausanne, Switzerland
Jan 2003 - Jan 2006
Health > Psychology for Clinical Settings
Laboratory of Behavioural Genetics, Brain Mind Insitute, EPFL
Lausanne, Switzerland
Diploma Thesis
Jan 2001 - Jan 2002
Health > Psychology for Clinical Settings
Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research
Frankfurt, Germany
Jan 1998 - Jan 2003
Humanities > Psychology
Technical University of Berlin
Berlin, Germany


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


Society for Neuroscience
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