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Department of Ophthalmology


Yiannis Koutalos Curriculum Vitae



University of Athens, GreeceB.S.1979-1984Physics
Nuclear Research Center Democritos, GreeceSummer School1982
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ILPh.D.1984-1990Biophysics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MDPostdoctoral1990-1992Neuroscience
University of Colorado at DenverGraduate studies1997-1999Sociology

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1992-1995Research AssociateJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineNeuroscience
1995-2004Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Colorado School of MedicinePhysiology and Biophysics
2002-2004MemberUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineNeuroscience Program
2004-2011Associate ProfessorMedical University of South CarolinaOphthalmology
2005-2011Associate ProfessorMedical University of South CarolinaNeurosciences
2012-presentProfessorMedical University of South Carolina


2012-presentProfessorMedical University of South CarolinaNeurosciences

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1979-1983Scholarship of the State Fellowship Foundation of Greece
1985-presentMember, Honor society of Phi-Kappa-Phi
1988Robert Emerson Memorial Grant Award, University of Illinois School of Life Sciences
1991-1992Fight For Sight postdoctoral research fellowship
2003Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship

Teaching Excellence Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Teaching Excellence Award (entire Physiology course), University of Colorado School of Medicine

2009, 2010

One of the ten best teachers in the First Year Graduate Studies Curriculum, MUSC


Teacher of the Year, First Year Graduate Studies Curriculum, MUSC


Faculty Scholar, Presidential Scholars Program, MUSC

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Introductory Human Physiology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1984-1985Graduate teaching assistant 

Respiratory Physiology

University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center

Class lectures to 1st year Medical, Physical Therapy and Dental students.  Animal & Computer labs on Acid-Base Balance for 1st year Medical students.

Colorado Rural Health Scholars Program1998-2004Lectures to high school students
University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center
2005Visiting Lecturer

Third Military Medical University Chongqing, China

2008Guest Lecturer
Medical University of South Carolina2012Lectures to graduate students as part of the “Systems Biology” course


Research Methods for the Social Sciences

University of Colorado    at Denver1999-2000 2002Course Instructor, Department of Sociology
One-semester course (3 credit hrs) for juniors and seniors

Introduction to Clinical EthicsMedical University of
South Carolina
2006-2012Small group instructor for 2nd year Medical students
2009-2012Small group instructor for 3rd year Medical students
2011-2012Small group instructor for 4th year Medical students

Health Care System ImprovementMedical University of
South Carolina
2009Instructor and co-creator for elective online course for Interprofessional students (2 credit hrs; IP 720)

Transforming Health Care for the FutureMedical University of
South Carolina
2010-2012Instructor and co-creator for required online course for Interprofessional 1st year students (2 credit hrs; IP 710 for Dental, Health Professions, Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy)

Diversity in ScienceMedical University of South Carolina2011CGS 711 - Section for graduate student team work on health disparities problems

CLARION Interprofessional Team Case CompetitionMedical University of South Carolina2010-2012Faculty advisor for an interprofessional group of students conducting a root cause analysis of a sentinel event (CLARION Competition)

Presidential Scholars ProgramMedical University of South Carolina2011-2012

Faculty Scholar. The Presidential Scholars Program is a yearlong experience for approximately 40 students, joined by selected faculty scholars from each College.

 Summer Undergraduate Research ProgramMedical University of South Carolina  2007   2009-2012Laboratory Observation and Apprenticeship.  Mentor for summer laboratory research project for undergraduate students (CGS 761; 15 credit hrs)

Neuroscience Research Topics: Fluorescence ImagingMedical University of South Carolina2009-2012Mentor for Senior Research Project and Research Tutorial for College of Charleston Physics students (NSCS 970 section 33: Fluorescence Imaging; 3 credit hrs)

Research Topics: Photoreceptors, Retinoids, Age-Related Macular Degeneration

 University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center
1996Grand Rounds, Department of Ophthalmology
Medical College of Wisconsin2007Guest lecturer for “Ion Channels and Signal Transduction” course

     Third Military     Medical University Chongqing, China

2008Guest Lecturer
Medical University of South Carolina2008-2011Lectures to graduate students as part of the “Receptors and Signaling” course
Medical University of South Carolina2010Lectures to graduate students as part of the “Unanswered Questions” course
College of Charleston2011Guest lecturer for “Physics and Medicine” course
Medical University of South Carolina2012Lecture to Ophthalmology residents

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List of Publications from PubMed

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