Cristina Blanco Duque
I am a Wellcome Trust doctoral student in Neuroscience. I am interested in understanding the role that sleep plays in cognitive function. My PhD research focuses on the role of spindles and slow oscillations in memory and sensory processing during sleep. To address this, I combine in vivo electrophysiology and behavioural paradigms in rodents. I am jointly supervised by Professor Vladyslav Vyazovskiy, Professor David Bannerman and Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg.
I received a BSc. in Psychology and a 2-year specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology from Universidad Javeriana. Subsequently, I received a MSc. in Neuropsychology from Maastricht University and a MSc. in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford. Before starting my current program in Oxford, I worked at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, studying methods to detect early Alzheimer’s Disease, combining MRI, MEG and cognitive tests. I have also been an editorial assistant for the journal Universitas Psychologica and have taught lecture courses on neuroscience at FUCS, Colombia.
Psilocin acutely disrupts sleep and affects local but not global sleep homeostasis in laboratory mice
Thomas CW. et al, (2021)
A role for the cortex in sleep-wake regulation
Krone LB. et al, (2020), bioRxiv
Pronounced Impairment of Activities of Daily Living in Posterior Cortical Atrophy.
Ahmed S. et al, (2020), Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord, 49, 48 - 55
SLEEP SPINDLE QUALITY REFLECTS SPATIO-TEMPORAL DYNAMICS OF OSCILLATORY ACTIVITY WITHIN CORTICAL NETWORKS
Blanco-Duque C. et al, (2019), SLEEP MEDICINE, 64, S41 - S41
Absent sleep EEG spindle activity in GluA1 (Gria1) knockout mice: relevance to neuropsychiatric disorders.
Ang G. et al, (2018), Transl Psychiatry, 8