People

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, PhD.

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Research Centre Director. Head of the group

Rodrigo is basically puzzled by how the brain works. In particular he is interested is 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

 

Julia Humphreys julia

Research Centre Manager

Julia has recently joined us from Liverpool having spent most of her career within the private sector, and more recently within Higher Education. She brings a wealth of business and managerial expertise to the Centre, and plans to use this to develop and grow our innovative research outputs. Working with the staff in the Centre, colleagues across the University and collaborators, identifying opportunities to produce research of international importance and excellence is a key priority of her role.
Julia welcomes the opportunity to share her hometowns famous tradition of “scouse” served with red cabbage, beetroot and crusty bread!
e-mail: jh497(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Matias Ison, PhD.

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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".
e-mail: mji3(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Pinar Boyraz, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Luis A. Camuñas, PhD.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Luis is working 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.
Luis makes the best "gazpacho andaluz" North of London.
e-mail: lacm1(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Natalia Grion, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Lisandro Kaunitz, PhD.

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Lisandro joined the lab to work in a project that studies the EEG responses of subjects while they perform 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.

During a tough trip to San Bernardo in the hot summer of 2006 Lisandro learnt the secret recipe to cook the autochthonous "rice, lentils and eggs". From that special moment onwards that's basically all he cooks.
e-mail: lk110(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Manuel Molano, PhD.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.
e-mail: mm546@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Carlos Pedreira, PhD.

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Carlos is working in the analysis of human single-cell recordings and the formation of memories as sequences of events. He also works 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.
e-mail: cp155(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Hernan Rey, PhD.

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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. Although Hernan’s cooking abilities are not bad at all, nothing gets even close to the world-class lemon pie made by his wife.
e-mail: hgr3(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Maryam Ahmadi 

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Maryam 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.
e-mail: ma447(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Jennifer Binnie

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PhD Student

Jen is involved in a collaborative project between the departments of Engineering and Museum Studies, and the Art Fund. This is looking at how people experience art within museums, and shall use eye-tracking and complementary ethnographic research techniques. She is supervised by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Sandra Dudley (Museum Studies) and David Barrie(Art Fund). This project is funded by AHRC and the Art Fund.
Jen is rather good at baking cookies, cakes and other sweet treats.
e-mail: jmbb2(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Hugo Caffarattihugo

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). Currently, his PhD thesis project covers 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"
e-mail: hasc1(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Julieta Campijuli

PhD Student

Julieta is working on a project willing to provide new insights to understand memory formation in the hippocampus. To do this, she will combine in vivo electrophysiology with neuroimaging (co-supervised by Prof Ian Forsythe) of mice place cells navigating on a virtual environment.
Julieta's pizzas rival in quality the best Italian pizzas in Leicestershire.

e-mail: jec40(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Vítor Lopes dos SantosVitor

Visiting PhD Student

Vítor has joined us for a one-year-long project from the Brain Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. He is interested in how distributed neurons interact in order to process stimuli and store memories. He has been working on the development and application of analysis tools that are able to extract meaningful patterns from large neuronal populations. Currently, Vítor is applying information theory and machine learning methodologies to quantify the information encoded by firing patterns and correlations in cell assemblies.
Vítor is well known in South America for his “pragmatic student soup”.

e-mail: vitor(@)neuro(.)ufrn(.)br

 

Joaquin Navajasjoaco2

PhD Student

Joaquin is working 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.
e-mail: jmna1(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Zaira Pineda Ricozaira

PhD Student

Zaira is working on neurophrostetic applications. She is 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.
e-mail: zp24(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Alex Varatharajah

PhD Student

 

Alumni

 

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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, is to study the links between neuroscience and arts in the study of visual perception. His rotation will culminate with an "Arts & Science" exhibition

 

 

Jonathan Becedas, PhD.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Jonathan is working in a Neuroprosthetics project. He studies the activity of single-neurons to control a robotic arm for reaching and grasping objects to be used in handicapped people and amputees. He is also collaborating with the UCLM to develop new position and force control strategies for robot manipulators. Jonathan makes the best "migas" and "gachas" in the whole UK.
e-mail: jbr6(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 

Juan Martinez

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PhD Student

Juan works 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 claims he does the best "paella " in Leicester.
e-mail: jm303(@)le(.)ac(.)uk

 


Juan Kamienkowski

Visiting Researcher

Alberto Capurro

Postdoctoral Researcher

Andreas Kaltenbrunner

Erasmus rotating student

Emanuele Perugia

Erasmus rotating student

 

Main collaborators

Christof Koch

Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology.
California Institute of Technology, CA, USA.

Richard Andersen

James G. Boswell Professor of Neuroscience.
California Institute of Technology, CA, USA.

Itzhak Fried

Professor of Surgery/Neurosurgery and Psichiatry and Bio-Behavioral Sciences.
University of California at Los Angeles, CA, USA.

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