Brief bio

I am a postdoctoral associate at Boston University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. I work in collaboration with Prof. Nancy Kopell under the umbrella of the Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative (CRC). I am currently working on rule-based decision making in a model that incorporates brain rhythms and the basal ganglia. My primary goal is to decipher the role of alpha- vs beta-band rhythms in prefrontal inputs to basal ganglia, which ultimately control goal-directed behavior. My background is in physics and electronics, degrees that I studied at Universitat de València (UV). After that, I did a PhD in computational neuroscience in Dr. Albert Compte's lab. My thesis was focused on implementing a biophysically plausible model of two interacting cortical circuits to study visual selective attention. This work, supported by the Volkswagen Foundation, was partly realized in the Instituto de Neurociencias (IN), in Alacant, and in the Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), in Barcelona. From september 2008 to October 2011 I did a postdoc in Prof. Xiao-Jing Wang's lab, in the Dept. of Neurobiology at Yale School of Medicine, where I worked on a neural circuit model underlying task switching. This work was supported by the Swartz Foundation. From November 2011 to October 2014, I was posdoctoral fellow in Prof. Thilo Womelsdorf's lab at York University, in Toronto. In there I worked principally in data analysis and reinforcement learning modeling.

Interests

I am passionate of physics and neuroscience, this is why I address the study of cognitive functions from a theoretical perspective. Beyond my work, I am fascinated by the excellence and philosophy of open source, principally in what refers to the GNU/Linux and KDE (neon) communities.