Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

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Personal details

I graduated in
 Physics at the University of 
Buenos Aires, Argentina and
 obtained my PhD in Applied
 Mathematics at the University of 
Luebeck, Germany.

I hold a Research Chair at the University of Leicester, UK and I am also the director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience and the Head of Bioengineering at the University.

Before coming to Leicester in 

  • I was a post-doctoral 
fellow at the Research Center
 Juelich, Germany
  • I was a Sloan 
fellow at the California Institute of Technology, USA
  • I had short stays at RIKEN in Japan and at the University of Nijmegen in The Netherlands

I have held visiting positions at

  • the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg
  • the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy
  • the University of California Los Angeles
  • the California Institute of Technology
  • the University of Buenos Aires

I obtained a young investigator award by the American Epilepsy Society and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2010).

In 2014, I was selected as one of the 10 UK RISE Leaders in Science and Engineering.


My main research interest is on the study of the principles of visual perception and memory. I discovered what has been named 'Concept cells' or 'Jennifer Aniston neurons' - neurons in the human brain that play a key role in memory formation - a finding that was selected as one of the top 100 scientific stories of 2005 by Discover Magazine.

My work has been published in about 100 research articles and has received world-wide media attention, including articles in

  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • Scientific American
  • Daily Mail
  • New Scientist
  • The Independent

I am the author of three books, including 'Borges and memory', linking the thoughts of Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges with memory research in Neuroscience.


Selected Press Releases

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Selected publications

Brain Cells for Grandmother R. Quian Quiroga, I. Fried, C. Koch. Scientific American 308(2):30-35; 2013.

Concept cells: The building blocks of declarative memory functions Quian Quiroga R.
 Nature Reviews Neuroscience 13: 587-597; 2012.

Extracting information from neural populations: Information theory and decoding approaches Quian Quiroga R and Panzeri S.
 Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 10: 173-185; 2009.

Invariant visual representation by single-neurons in the human brain.
Quian Quiroga R, Reddy L, Kreiman G, Koch C and Fried I.
 Nature, 435: 1102-1107; 2005.

In retrospect: Funes the Memorious Quian Quiroga R. 
Nature. 463: 611; 2010.

You can access more information at my Google Scholar Profile.


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