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Juan Carlos Mendez Nunez


Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Optogenetics

After completing my training as a Medical Doctor, I did a PhD in Neuroscience in the laboratory of Hugo Merchant in Mexico working on the neurophysiological mechanisms behind the perception of intervals and distances in the frontal cortex. During this time, I collaborated with the John Rothwell Lab at University College London using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to study the impact of the temporary disruption of several brain areas on the categorisation of intervals in the millisecond range. After finishing my PhD, I moved to the University of Oxford to work as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Andrew Parker Lab. As part of this position, I spent one year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robert Desimone Lab at the MIT using optogenetics to study the neurophysiological basis of visual attention in the frontal cortex. Having returned to Oxford in 2016, my research will take advantage of the experience gained using optogenetics to manipulate the activity of selective neural populations in the visual cortex and understand their contribution to the perception of depth. 

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