Federico ZimmermanFederico
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 centrefor 6 months in 2017.





Joaquin Navajas

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Joaquin is continuing his work on the development of an online and unsupervised spike sorting algorithm that will be implemented in a chip (collaboration with Imperial College London and Newcastle University). He's also interested in face perception and the neural correlates of consciousness.

Joaquin is almost a "certified" bartender.



Fernando ChaureFernando Chaure

Visiting Fellow

Fernando is working on unsupervised spike sorting algorithms, focusing upon long-duration and multi-channel recordings. He is also maintaining the code of Wave_Clus and developing graphic tools for data analysis. He is interested in machine learning and data mining.

Fernando is trying to learn how to bake, but in the meantime he loves eating the food made by the team.



Belén Gori

Visiting Fellow

Belen is a biologist that performs her PhD in the School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been awarded a Scholarship funded by Bec.Ar Training Program abroad in Science and Technology to join the Centre. She is working on visual perception and memory in patients with epilepsy, by recording single cell and local field potential activity of the human brain.



Maryam Ahmadi Shapourabadi


Postdoctoral Researcher

Maryam's project seeks to study of single-trial evoked potentials, as recorded by an electroencephalogram and their correlation to different sensory and cognitive processes, such as pattern learning. A promising approach to extract the single trial evoked activity is to use a denoising implementation based on the Wavelet transform. She is working on the optimization of the denoising algorithm and study of several strategies to make it completely unsupervised.


Hugo Caffaratti


PhD Student

“The eyes are faster than the hands, the brain is even faster than the eyes. That's why you have to attack the brain. Magic is then, surprise, before everything surprise” Fu Manchu.
Hugo graduated in Biomedical Engineering at University of Barcelona (Spain). He is a semi-professional magician and member of the Spanish Society of Illusionism (SEI-ACAI). His PhD thesis project covered the pioneering field of Cognitive Neuroscience: The Neuro-Magic. He's particularly interested in investigating how the attention system modulates cognitive processes such as memory and conscious visual perception from paradigms based on techniques of the art of illusion.

Hugo's well-known in Leicestershire for his "Spaghetti a L'Hugognesa"


Matias Ison

Lecturer in Bioengineering


Matias is currently collaborating with Dr. Fried's lab at UCLA on single cell recordings from the human brain to study the formation of memories by learning associations.With a background in computational and statistical physics (Ph.D. in Physics), he is interested in applying principles from information theory and statistical mechanics to the study of neural ensembles as well as in developing quantitative analysis techniques to extract new information from neural experimental data.

Dr. Ison is famous for his "empanadas" and "panqueques".


Pinar BoyrazPinar

Postdoctoral Researcher

Pinar will be working to optimise unsupervised online spike sorting algorithms in Wave_clus for ultra-low-powered brain-machine interfaces. She has a background in electrophysiological recordings from the primate visual cortex, and she will be combining extracellular recordings and optical imaging in the mouse hippocampus in our lab. She is particularly interested in the network interactions between neurons participating in the recall of specific memories.



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Postdoctoral Researcher

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.



Manuel Molano Manuel

Postdoctoral Researcher

Manuel is working on a project that involves simultaneous imaging (2-photon) and electrophysiology recordings in mice. With a background in Mathematics, he is interested in memory formation in the hippocampus and its spatial correlates. Manuel contributes to the imaging and electrophysiology data collection and analysis, and is currently developing the virtual environment for the mice.

Manuel makes the best croquetas in UK.


Natalia GrionNatalia

Postdoctoral Researcher (Visiting Fellow)

In collaboration with the Visual Neuroscience Lab in SISSA led by Dr Zoccolan, Natalia is worked on a projectaimed to better understand how abstract representation arises in the functional architecture of the brain. She is particularly interested in how neural populations transform visual percepts into an abstract representation. The study involves simultaneous multiple single-cell recordings in MTL and visual cortex in rats engaged in an invariant recognition task.

She keeps a handwritten cookery book with her own recipes (and grandma’s) full of notes on variations and inspirations. She welcomes everybody to try some!

Zaira Pineda zaira

Postdoctoral Researcher

Zaira worked on neurophrostetic applications. She was implementing a neural network simulating previous recordings from the posterior parietal cortex in monkeys, reproducing the firing characteristics of neurons in this area to move a robot arm.

Zaira makes the best "guacamole" and "huevos a la mexicana" in Leicester.



Carlos Pedreira Carlos

Postdoctoral Researcher

Carlos worked on the analysis of human single-cell recordings and the formation of memories as sequences of events. He also worked in the optimization of spike sorting algorithms. Other interests of Carlos are neuroelectronic interfaces and neuroprosthetics.

Carlos makes the best "tortilla de patatas" in Leicester.



Cedric Spire Cedric Spire

Visiting Student

Cedric joined us in Februay 2014 as part of a 4 month intership from Paris-Descartes University. Helooked at design and program data processing techniques for optimal recordings from the eye-tracker and robotic arm.



Jennifer Binnie

PhD Student

Jen was involved in a collaborative project between the departments of Engineering and Museum Studies, and the Art Fund. This was looking at how people experience art within museums, and shall use eye-tracking and complementary ethnographic research techniques. She was supervised by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Sandra Dudley (Museum Studies) and David Barrie(Art Fund). This project is funded by AHRC and the Art Fund.


Luis Camunas

Postdoctoral Researcher

Luis worked on the analysis of multiple single-cell recordings from the nervous system of the locust in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Tom Matheson in the Department of Biology of the University of Leicester. Studying the correlation of these data, he is interested in the characterization of the roles of motor nerve cells during limb movements. He is also interested in bio-inspired sensorial information processing.


Lisandro Kaunitz

Postdoctoral Researcher

Lisandro joined the lab to work on a project that studied the EEG responses of subjects while they performed eye movements and watch natural scenes. With a special interest in visual perception, Lisandro has always been intrigued by the puzzle of visual awareness (particularly in the scope and limits of unconscious visual perception) and by how the brain keeps a stable conscious representation of the visual world across eye movements.


Vitor Lopes dos Santos

Visiting PhD Student

Vítor joined us in December 2012, for a one-year-long project from the Brain Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. He was interested in how distributed neurons interact in order to process stimuli and store memories. He worked on the development and application of analysis tools that are able to extract meaningful patterns from large neuronal populations. Vítor is applying information theory and machine learning methodologies to quantify the information encoded by firing patterns and correlations in cell assemblies.


Mariano Molina

Artist in residence

Mariano is visual artist doing a rotation in the lab. The goal of his residence, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and by the Leverhulme Trust, was to study the links between neuroscience and arts in the study of visual perception. His rotation culminated with an exhibition "The art of visual perception" at Embrace Arts in January 2012.


Jonathan Becedas

Postdoctorial Researcher

Jonathan worked on a Neuroprosthetics project. He studied the activity of single-neurons to control a robotic arm for reaching and grasping objects to be used in handicapped people and amputees. He also collaborated with the UCLM to develop new position and force control strategies for robot manipulators.


Juan Martinez

PhD Student

Juan worked on the development of technology for the analysis of neural ensembles, specially spike sorting algorithms and realistic simulations of extracellular recordings. He is particulary interested in quantitative analysis techniques to extract relevant information from experimental datasets.

Juan Kamienkowsk - Visiting Researcher

Alberto Capurro - Postdoctoral Researcher

Andreas Kaltenbrunner - Erasmus rotating student

Emanuele Perugia - Erasmus rotating student



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