Chercheuse qualifiée FNRS & Fonds assoc.

Faculté de Médecine
Département des sciences cliniques
GIGA Consciousness - Physiology of Cognition

ULiège address
Bât. B34 GIGA Consciousness - Physiology of Cognition
Quartier Hôpital
avenue de l'Hôpital 11
4000 Liège
Niveau +1, local 1/29C
ULiège phone number
+32 4 3663470
Conseil sectoriel à la recherche et à la valorisation
Sciences humaines

University degrees
2012: PhD Medical Sciences (Université de Liège, Belgium)
2007: MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Psychopathology (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
2005: "Ptychio" Psychology (4-year undergraduate studies) (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)


Athena is a tenured researcher (FNRS Research Associate) at the ULiege. Her expertise is in cognitive and clinical neuroscience. Her research contributes to the knowledge about the human mind, even when this cannot be communicated overtly, like in anaesthesia or in comatose states.

She directs the Physiology of Cognition Lab. With her team they investigate brain-body interactions as a proxy to human sentience in health and disease by means of high- and low-tech methodologies. She has conducted behavioral and neuroimaging studies in physiological, pathological and pharmacological conditions. Using artificial intelligence she has determined neuromarkers of conscious states, and contributed critically to individualized patient care. Her work has been published in high-impact journals, such as Science Advances, Brain, Curr Opin Neurobiol, Lancet Neurol, and J Cogn Neurosci. As this type of research touches upon philosophical and ethical issues, the entailing socio-ethical implications interest her deeply.

Athena holds a PhD in Medical Sciences (ULiège). She had been trained as a psychologist (BS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), with specialization in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology (MSc, Maastricht University, The Netherlands).

She is currently a mentor of a postdoctral researhcer, a PhD early stage researcher, and two MSc interns. In the past, she co-supervised a PhD dissertation, two MSc theses and assisted numerous PhD works as member of thesis committee and PhD examination jury. As mentoring training, she participated in the ARD ULiège Professional Skills for Research Leaders program (2018-2019). Currently, she is trained as a Gestalt psychotherapist.

Find her publications here (PubMed) & her reviews here (Publons)

Physiology of Cognition Lab | GIGA Consciousness 
Avenue de l'Hôpital, 11 
4000 Sart Tilman 
University of Liège 
Office: +32 (0)4 366 34 70
Mob:   +32 (0)4 68 36 45 61 
Psychology and Neuroscience of Cognition (PsyNCog)
Faculty of Psychology, Logopedics and Educational Sciences
Place des Orateurs, 1 (B33)
4000 Sart Tilman 
University of Liège 
GIGA-CRC In Vivo Imaging 
Quartier Agora (B30), Allée du 6 Août, 8 
4000 Sart Tilman 
University of Liège

Research field

  • Neurosciences cognitives
  • Sciences cognitives
  • Imagerie médicale, radiologie, tomographie
  • Phénoménologie
  • Émotion et cognition
  • Neurologie
  • Physiologie générale

Duties or mandates

  • F.R.S.- FNRS Research Associate (Principal Investigator)

Scientific distinctions

  • FNRS Mandat d'Impulsion Scientifique, Project: Evidencing sentience in low arousal states by probing brain-body interactions (2021)
  • Scientific Award 'Patient Care in the AI Era 2020' (AstraZeneca Foundation) (2020)