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.
Probing the timing network: A continuous theta burst stimulation study of temporal categorization.
Méndez JC. et al, (2017), Neuroscience, 356, 167 - 175
Sensorimotor neural dynamics during isochronous tapping in the medial premotor cortex of the macaque.
Merchant H. et al, (2015), Eur J Neurosci, 41, 586 - 602
Neurophysiology of timing in the hundreds of milliseconds: multiple layers of neuronal clocks in the medial premotor areas.
Merchant H. et al, (2014), Adv Exp Med Biol, 829, 143 - 154
Linking perception, cognition, and action: psychophysical observations and neural network modelling.
Méndez JC. et al, (2014), PLoS One, 9
What can be inferred from multiple-task psychophysical studies about the mechanisms for temporal processing?
Merchant H. et al, (2011), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 6789 LNAI, 207 - 229