Aki Nikolaidis, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for the Developing Brain

Child Mind Institue

Aki Nikolaidis, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute. He uses machine learning techniques to map out the development of the brain circuits critical for emergence of executive function and attention in children and adolescents. His work also focuses on understanding the neural correlates of intelligence, and more broadly, he is interested in understanding how patterns of large-scale brain plasticity drive the development of generalized higher cognitive skills.

Dr. Nikolaidis completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at Yale, and subsequently went abroad to research in Bern and Taipei. While completing his graduate studies at the University of Illinois, Aki investigated how brain networks, metabolism, and structure contribute to individual differences in executive function, intelligence, and learning. His work has also focused on understanding how cognitive training drives brain plasticity and improvements in cognition. In addition to a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Dr. Nikolaidis has received multiple awards and fellowships from the University of Illinois for his work using techniques from machine learning in neuroscience.


  • BA, Psychology, Yale University
  • PhD, Neuroscience, University of Illinois