Maksym V. Kopanitsa was born and educated in Ukraine. He graduated from the Odessa State University and received his PhD in Biophysics at the Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology (Kyiv, Ukraine), where he carried out research on pharmacology of voltage- and ligand-gated ion channels and synaptic transmission. During his post-doctoral appointments at the University of Dundee (2003–2004) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK (2004–2010), Maksym worked with genetically altered mice to study genetic regulation of synaptic transmission in brain slices.
In 2010–2018, Maksym Kopanitsa held industrial positions at preclinical CROs Synome Ltd (Cambridge, UK) and Charles River Discovery (Kuopio, Finland). In his capacity of Chief Operating Officer (Synome) and Head of Translational Biology (Charles River), Maksym supervised studies of rodent brain slice electrophysiology and behaviour in a wide range of neurodegenerative disease models for industrial clients and academic collaborations within several EU FP7 consortia.
In 2018, Maksym joined the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI) at Imperial College London where he will collaborate with DRI fellows in the application of their fundamental research discoveries to preclinical models of neurodegenerative conditions.
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