Meet the team

Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

Research Centre Director

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Rodrigo is basically puzzled by how the brain works. In particular he is interested in principles of Neural Coding, visual perception, memory, visuo-motor transformations, single-trial evoked potentials, synchronization and the development of methods for the analysis of neurophysiology data.

Rodrigo claims he makes the best asado argentino within the UK neuroscience community.

e-mail: rqqg1@le.ac.uk

 

Paula Warrington

Paula Warrington

Research Centre Manager

Paula joined the Centre in October 2018. She provides the group with operational and research support and management.

Paula's background is in English language and literature: in her doctoral thesis she explored metaphorical representations of memory and mind.

e-mail: pftw1@le.ac.uk

Michael Okun

Lecturer

Upon completing a PhD in computer science Michael realised he would rather study neuroscience, and ended up investigating neuronal population dynamics in cortical microcircuits. This remains Michael's primary research interest to this very day.

e-mail: mo178@le.ac.uk

Jian K LiuJian K Liu

Lecturer

Dr Jian K Liu received his PhD in Mathematics from UCLA. He did his thesis about synaptic plasticities and neuronal network modeling with Dean Buonomano. After that, he did his postdocs with Nicolas Brunel in Paris and Tim Gollisch in Goettingen. His area of research includes computational neuroscience and brain-inspired computation for artificial intelligence with some experiences on vision, cerebellum, dynamics of neuronal circuits, and neuroprosthesis algorithms. For more information, see his webpage at https://sites.google.com/site/jiankliu/

Francesca Rocchi

Research Associate

My core background is in Cognitive Neuroscience. After my PhD in Visual Neuroscience and Psychophysics at the University of Nottingham, I got the chance to perform single-cell recordings in subcortical auditory areas of Non-Human Primates, while working at Vanderbilt University. I then conducted a project at Newcastle University that combined Electrical Intracranial Microstimulation and fMRI for investigating brain directed effected connectivity in monkeys and humans. After a collaboration with Radboud University where I studied how multisensory integration of (visual-auditory) signals affect gaze-orientation during sound localization, I have now joined the Centre for Systems Neuroscience where I am planning to carry out electrophysiological recordings in the Medial Temporal Lobe of epileptic patients to study the neuronal representations of long-term declarative memories.

Email: fr93@le.ac.uk



Martynas Dervinis

Post Doctoral Researcher

Martynas is interested in combining computational modelling and experimentaMDl approaches to studying the computational function of cortical microcircuits. He did his PhD in Neuroscience in Vincenzo Crunelli’s lab, modelling brain rhythms in sleep and absence seizures. Currently he is researching infra-slow (<0.1 Hz) neural activation dynamics in the mouse neocortex using multielectrode arrays.

Email: Martynas Dervinis



Bradley Dearnley

PhD Student

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Bradley is interested in developing and evaluating the therapeutic tools used to predict, diagnose and treat disorders of the brain and nervous system. He is currently studying for a PhD supervised by Dr Michael Okun, looking at cortical dynamics on infraslow timescales. He is particularly interested in how this will help to better understand and interpret fMRI data as it becomes more readily used as a diagnostic tool in the medical community.

Email: bd126@le.ac.uk

Ben Netherwood

PhD Student

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I enjoy learning about the theoretical computation behind learning and memory – specifically in the mammalian hippocampus and the former's linkage with neocortex. I am a neuroscience graduate with Matlab specialisation who, in parallel, casually learnt about game design, development, and coding in my spare time. My PhD will leverage the (recent) advent of virtual reality gaming, as I will be producing bespoke, engaging VR head-mounted display experiments in epilepsy refractive patients undergoing curative micro-electrode recording and surgery. The data from these experiences will then facilitate the probing of human hippocampal function.

Email: Ben Netherwood

Marta Boscaglia

PhD Student

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I am Marta and I am doing my PhD studies at the CSN. Before arriving here, I got my Bachelor and Master degrees in biomedical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin, spending my final year in Switzerland where I did my Master thesis in an experimental neuroscience lab at EPFL in Lausanne. I joined the CSN because I am interested in combining my interest for quantitative subjects and neuroscience. Currently I am focusing on the analysis of single-cell recordings in the human fusiform face area, which is a brain area particularly involved in face processing.

Email: mb804@le.ac.uk


Visiting Fellows

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Honorary Visiting Fellow

My name is Lorenzo Emiliano Gutierrez. I'm a physicist interested in data analysis, machine learning and the use of physics tools in other fields. I'll be doing my PhD Argentina, the UK and China. Currently I'm here in order to be trained for running several experiments in Argentina and in China, also I'm working in noise-reduction in the spike detection algorithm Wave_clus.

And my main project: dethrone Rodrigo of the "Best Argentinian Asado" throne!

Hernan ReyFernando Chaure

Hernan is working on single cell recordings from the human brain in collaboration with the Epilepsy Research Group at King’s College London. Particularly, he is interested in studying the timing of medial temporal lobe responses. He is also interested in abstract concept learning and decision making.

 

 

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Fernando mainly worked on unsupervised spike sorting algorithms and other experiment analysis automatizations. On the side, he developed a few graphical tools for real-time signal analysis and data exploration. Fernando is the repository's maintainer of Wave_Clus and he keeps working on improving the reproducibility and quality of spike sorting algorithms.

 

 

Qi Xu

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Qi Xu profile pictureQi Xu is currently visiting the Centre for Systems Neuroscience as an honorary visiting fellow under the supervision of Dr Jian Liu. Qi is a Ph.D. candidate at the College of Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University. Qi's research interests include Neuromorphic Computing, Cyborg Intelligence, Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. He has published refereed papers on Neural Networks, IJCAI, Neurocomputing, Electronics Letters, etc. His current research focuses on the design and implementation of advanced cognitive models based on both deep learning and spiking neurons.

Email: Qi Xu

Associate Members

 

Professor Ian Forsythe

Molecular Neurophysiology Laboratory

We are interested in how neurons regulate their excitability and process information about sound.  Our research concerns mechanisms of hearing (and hearing loss or deafness). We study how exposure to loud sound damages the ear and the brain, by inducing long term changes in gene expression and changes in ion channel function.

Todor Gerdjikov

The overall aim of my research is to understand how cortical and related brain regions encode sensory stimuli as well as cognitive procesTodorses related to attention and motivated behaviour. My work relies on awake electrophysiological recordings and optogenetics in target structures including sensorimotor and prefrontal cortex as well as striatum

David Souto

David Souto profile picDavid is interested in visuo-motor interactions, in particular the visual processing that is required to execute saccadic and smooth pursuit eye movements. His investigations use a combination of psychophysical modelling and oculometric measurements. In collaboration with the Centre for Systems Neuroscience he plans to use fixation-related potentials extracted from the EEG signal to uncover the cortical processing of visual prediction errors during saccades.


Vincenzo Marra

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Vincenzo is interested in how neurons communicate using electrical and chemical signals. He uses a range of techniques to study neurotransmission at different levels to investigate how localised changes can affect entire networks in healthy and pathological conditions such as epilepsy.

 

 

 


Alumni

 

Jiangrong Shen

Visiting Fellow

Jiangrong Shen profile pictureJiangrong Shen is a Ph.D. candidate at the Qiushi Academy for Advanced Studies and College of Computer Science and Technology at Zhejiang University. Jiangrong is currently visiting the Centre for Systems Neuroscience as a visiting scholar under the supervision of Dr Jian Liu. Her research focuses on Neuromorphic Computing, Computer Vision and Neural Computing. Her current project focuses on efficient neural network algorithms for cognitive models based on biological data in neuroscience.

Email: Jiangrong Shen

Flávio Mourão

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Flávio is interested in how neural networks encode sensory information and how they operate as functional circuits able to generate endogenous activity and observable behaviour. He joined the Centre as Doctoral Researcher in July 2017 and worked for one year on the recording and analysis of 2-photon imaging.

Today he works at the Neuroscience Center (NNC/UFMG - Brazil) with multichannel electrophysiology in freely moving animals coupled with paradigms of learning and memory.

email: mourao.fg@gmail.com

Guadalupe Pascal

Visiting Fellow

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Guada was a Visiting Fellow in the Centre until April 2019 during her PhD.

She was working on methods to identify the activity of neurons from multiple site recordings in order to develop new advanced methods to combine information from different site recordings.

Email:Guadalupe Pascal



Emanuela De Falco

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Emanuela completed her PhD at the CSN in 2017 working on a project funded  by the Human Frontiers Science Program. During her graduate career she worked with electrophysiological recordings from patients suffering from epilepsy, investigating declarative memory and how associated concepts are encoded in the human medial temporal lobes. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL in Switzerland.

Email: emanuela.defalco@epfl.ch

 


Federico Zimmerman

Federico
Honorary visiting fellow

Federico is an electronic engineer specialised in biomedical applications. He takes advantage of the fact that we spend most of our time using our smartphones and tablets in order to develop applications for both entertainment and large-scale cognitive experiments.He visited the centre for 6 months in 2017.

 


Harsimrat Singh

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Harsimrat is a neural engineer with research experience in clinical and cognitive neuroscience. His doctoral research was on BCI approaches for ‘disorders of consciousness’. Before joining CSN, he undertook postdoctoral research at UCL in ‘Affective touch’ (UCL Interaction Centre) and ‘Neonatal seizures’ using multimodal imaging (neoLAB, Cambridge & Biomedical Optics Research Lab, UCL). At CSN, he is now working on developing reliable, unsupervised spike detection and sorting system.

 

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