Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

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Rodrigo Quian Quiroga holds a Research Chair and is the director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience at the University of Leicester, UK. He graduated in Physics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Luebeck, Germany.

Before joining the University of Leicester in 2004, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Research Center Juelich, Germany, a Sloan fellow at the California Institute of Technology, USA and had short stays at RIKEN, Japan and the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He has 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, and CONICET.

He received a Young Investigator Award from the American Epilepsy Society in 2001 and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2010. In 2014 he was selected as one of the 10 UK RISE Leaders in Science and Engineering and in 2019 he was elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

His main research interest is on the study of the principles of visual perception and memory. He discovered what have 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.

His work has been published in about 130 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, etc. He is the author of 3 books, including “Borges and Memory”, linking the thoughts of Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges with memory research in Neuroscience.


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Selected Publications

Borges e la memoria Viaggio nel cervello umano da Funes al neurone Jennifer Aniston by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga pubblicato da Erickson

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.


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