Pantazis Lab

Dimitrios Pantazis


Principal Research Scientist 

Director of MEG Lab 

McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT


Phone: 617 324 6292 
Fax: 617 452 4119 
MIT office: 46-5147

Dimitrios Pantazis, who joined the McGovern Institute in 2010, oversees the operation of the Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Laboratory within the Martinos Imaging Center at MIT.  Before moving to MIT, he was research assistant professor at the University of Southern California from 2008-2010. His research focuses on the development of novel MEG methods to holistically capture spatiotemporal brain activation and the study of visual brain representations. He has over 15 years of experience in developing methods for the analysis of MEG data and has published prominent articles in Nature Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesScientific Reports, Cerebral Cortex, and NeuroImage. His work has been featured in Science News; Scientific American Mind Magazine; Boston Magazine; MIT Technology Review; Elekta’s Wavelength Magazine; MIT News; the front-page of the MIT website and several Greek media outlets. He is a key developer of Brainstorm, an open-source environment dedicated to the analysis of brain recordings (MEG, EEG, NIRS, ECoG, depth electrodes, animal electrophysiology) with 13,000+ registered users and 400+ related publications. He is involved in numerous professional and outreach activities, including contributions to MIT and Harvard educational courses, and organization of tours to introduce imaging technology to local communities, high school science teachers, local biotechnology companies, and legislative and judicial representatives.


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2006 

M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2003 

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2001


Research Scientist, Director of MEG Lab, McGovern institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010 – Current 

Research Assistant Professor, Viterbi School of Engineering, and Brain & Creativity Institute, University of Southern California, 2008 – 2010 

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biomedical Imaging Research Lab, University of Southern California, 2007 – 2008 

Research Assistant, Biomedical Imaging Research Lab, University of Southern California, 2001 – 2006 

Research Assistant, Informatics and Telematics Institute, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2000 – 2001 

Honors & Awards 

Biomedical Imaging Research support, Biomedical Imaging Science Initiative, University of Southern California, 2007 
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Office of International Services, University of Southern California, 2007 

Myronis Scholarship, Graduate School, University of Southern California, 2004 – 2005 

Research Scholarship, Signal and Image Processing Institute, University of Southern California, 2001-2006 

Aristotelis medal, Department of Electrical Engineering in Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, (graduate 1st out of 192), 2001

Research Scholarship, Informatics and Telematics Institute, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2001 

Scholarships and honors, Institution of National Scholarships, Greece (awarded for 5 consecutive years for being 1st in class), 1996-2000 

Scholarships and honors, Technical Chamber of Greece (awarded for 5 consecutive years), 1996-2000 

Thales Competition Award, Hellenic Mathematical Society, 1994


Member, Society for Neuroscience, 2015 – Current 

Member, Vision Sciences Society, 2016 – Current 

Member, The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 2000 – 2012 

Member, Eta Kappa Nu, National Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, 2004 – Current 

Member, Organization of Human Brain Mapping, 2009 – 2014 

Member, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2005 – 2007 

Member, Technical Chamber of Greece, 2001 – Current 

Professional Activities

Symposium Organizer and Chair, Neural Dynamics of Visual Representations, International Conference on Biomagnetism, Soul, South Korea, 2016 

Session Chair, Electromagnetic Sensing Session, IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, 2013 

Co-Organizer, McGovern Annual Symposium, 2012 

Co-Organizer, Brainstorm Training Workshop at MIT, 2012 

Poster Session Chair, Inverse/Forward modeling and solution, International Conference on Biomagnetism, Sapporo, Japan, 2008

Editorial Work

Guest Editor, Advances in Human Computer Interaction, Special Issue: Using Brain Waves to Control Computers and Machines, 2012