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Curriculum Vitae


Working experience at the Universities of Graz and Cambridge


03/2019 – at present  University assistant, University of Graz

-Project management in scientific research projects (project collaborations, market research, project- and patent applications).

-Development of botanical pesticides against various insect pests.

-Teaching: lectures and various seminar courses (neuronal mechanisms of behavior, directional hearing, chronobiology).


10/2017 – 08/2018 Research associate, University of Graz

Take-off project funded by the FFG: Development of an innovative, bionic sensor for visual collision detection of drones.


10/2012 – 09/2017 University assistant, University of Graz

-Neurophysiological analysis of signal detection under background noise and multimodal signal integration in neural networks.

-Teaching in several seminar courses (muscle physiology, sensory ecology, mechanoreception, directional hearing, mammal retina).


09/2009 – 07/2012 Research associate, University of Cambridge

Neurophysiological and behavioural analysis of temporal pattern recognition in neural networks of insect brains.


Academic education at the University of Graz

11/2017 – 07/2018 Postdoc-Pro course at the University of Graz.

03/2009 Award of the degree Dr. rer. nat. in Biology with distinction. Doctoral thesis: “Sensory bias in the auditory system of crickets“.

03/2005 – 12/2008     Doctoral study in the Project “sensory bias” funded by the Austrian science foundation (FWF).

06/2004 Master of science in Biology with the thesis: “Neural basis for the spatial orientation in the bushcricket Leptophyes punctatissima”.


Awards and achievements

11/2019 and 11/2021 Awards as inventor of the University of Graz with the research topics “Bionic collision detection for drones and UAVs” and “Development of botanical pesticides against the Asian fruit fly Drosophila suzukii”.

03/2013 Award for the best publication 2012 by INGE St. (Initiative Gehirnforschung STMK) in Austria.

05/2009 Award of a „Newton International Fellowship“, funded by the Royal Society, UK.

Dr. Konstantinos Kostarakos


Universitätsplatz 2 A-8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 5614


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