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Francisco Aboitiz, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of California, USA
Biologist, Universidad de Chile, Chile.

I graduated as a biologist from Universidad de Chile in 1983 and obtained my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California in 1991. From 1992 to 2002 I was professor at the faculty of Medicine of Universidad de Chile and since 2002 I have been professor at the department of Psychiatry of the Faculty of Medicine at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. My research interests span cognitive and clinical neuroscience among children and adult populations. My projects usually have an evolutionary stance that seeks to understand the origin of human brain functions, particularly language and higher order cognition.

Claudia Andrade León

Lab and Ph.D. program coordinator
Public Relations, Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile.
candradel@puc.cl, candradeleon@gmail.com

I am in charge of the administrative execution of research projects, financial reports, yearly budgets, contact with suppliers, collaborators, lab visits, clinical evaluations and professional training. I am also responsible for the continuous education programs and public relations. I am also the coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Patricia Opazo Baesler

Lab Manager.
Biochemist, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso

Manager of the Electroencephalography (EEG) lab facilities. I am in charge of organizing, planning and ensuring the productivity and efficient operation of the laboratory, within the frame of different lines of research. I am also in charge of the supervision, improvement and maintenance of electroencephalographic equipment.

Rodrigo A. Henríquez-Ch., PhD

Postdoctoral fellow
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Sorbonne Université - Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

My research focuses on understanding the function, organization and the spontaneous neural dynamics of attention networks and their coordination with the Default Mode Network (DMN) using intracranial (iEEG/ECoG) and surface (EEG) electrophysiological recordings in humans. I am also interested in describing and defining the role of intracranial oscillatory dynamics useful for mapping cognitive functions and the cartography of the propagation of seizures in epileptic patients. For this, I have developed a functional localizer which is used along with intracranial recording and high-density EEG in order to delineate functional electrophysiological anatomy among patients. Analytically, I resort to neurophysiological network mapping (iEEG/EEG), classifiers and functional connectivity analyses, seeking to understand the electrophysiological bases of spontaneous coordination between neural networks in health and disease.

Maëva Michon, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow and professor of cognitive psychology and neuroscience.
Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Master in Cognitive Psychology, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, France

My research focuses on the behavioral and neural processes underlying speech and language in human communication. I have a special interest for the multimodal integration of speech and other domain-general mechanisms required for effective linguistic interactions. Using electrophysiological (EEG) y neuroimaging techniques (fMRI), I am currently studying the visual processing of orofacial movements associated to speech sounds (lip-reading) and the contribution of speech motor system for cross-modal feedforward predictions. 

Felipe Oyarzún G. Ph.D.(c)

M.Sc. in Neuroscience, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
B.Ed. in Biology and Natural Sciences.

Ph.D. (c) in Neuroscience. My interest is centered on developmental cognitive neuroscience, specifically in the development of cognitive functions such as attention, working memory and executive functions. I am also interested in understanding how environmental factors can contribute to determine typical or atypical development courses. Under the co-supervision of Dr. Cristian Rojas, my current research focuses on understanding the effects of a working memory training program on the development of attention networks in preschool children with and without early symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity / impulsivity disorder.

Sergio Osorio, Ph.D.(c)

M.A. in Applied Linguistics, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
B.Ed. in Foreign Language Teaching, University of Antioquia, Colombia

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience doctoral program at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. I am interested in the neural oscillatory mechanisms that support human speech perception and language processing. Using EEG, I am currently studying how the human brain integrates the acoustic, visual and moto-rhythmic properties of speech by studying cortical coupling of brain oscillations to the naturalistic speech signal and the associated functional interactions between sensory regions during audiovisual speech perception. I am also interested in auditory processing, multisensory integration, and the neurobiological precursors for the evolution of human language.

Rosario Gajardo Gómez, Ph.D.(c)

Bioquemist, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Medical Sciences at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, currently focused on Neuroscience research. I decided to pursue doctoral level studies in order to carry out a more trans- and multi-disciplinary research that would contribute to one of the most relevant health and social problems today: Depression. That is why, in my doctoral thesis, with the co-supervision of Dr. Marcela Henríquez, I am exploring the identification of genetic, electroencephalographic and psychophysical markers with potential use in the clinical diagnosis of depressive disorder. In addition, I am a founder and part of the executive committee of the Ciencia Impacta foundation.

Joaquín Herrero Silva, Ph.D.(c)

M.A. in Neuroscience, Universidad de Chile
Kinesiologist, Universidad Finis Terrae, Chile

I am a student in the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. I have experience in studying neuronal mechanisms of learning and sensorimotor adaptation bey means of EEG, Eye Tracking and Kinematic signal analysis. I am currently investigating the neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie the transition between internal and external attentional states. I want to elucidate the spatial and temporal dynamics behind the spontaneous connectivity of attentional cycles. This implies the study of spontaneous brain activity organization, oscillatory propagation and the exchange of information between areas of interest by means of ECOG and EEG recordings.

Ishani Thakkar, Ph.D. (c)

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, USA.
B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Gujarat Technological University, India.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the program of Neuroscience at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile under the supervision of Dr. Carolina Mendez and the co-supervision of Dr. Maria Rodríguez Fernández. My thesis explores and establishes the cerebellum's role in language lateralization and function and evaluates changes in the cerebro-cerebellar white matter tracts due to age and presence of lesions. I use BOLD and tractography analysis methods to work with data from healthy and lesioned brains. My interests lie in academic research and teaching, and I would like to continue working in BOLD and tractography analyses focusing on language and mood disorders.

Recent collaborations:

Pablo Billeke, Ph.D. (NeuroCICS, Universidad del Desarrollo)
Francisco Zamorano, Ph.D. (NeuroCICS, Universidad del Desarrollo)
Carolina Méndez, Ph.D. (Facultad de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
María Rodriguez Fernandez, Ph.D. (Instituto de Ingeniería Biológica y Médica, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Vladimir López, (Laboratorio de Psicología Experimental, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Ximena Carrasco, Ph.D. ( Departamento de Neuropediatría, Universidad de Chile)
Tomás Ossandón, Ph.D. (Laboratorio Neurodinámicas de la Cognición, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Juan Montiel, Ph.D. (Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Diego Portales)
Pablo Fuentealba, Ph.D. (Facultad de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Cristian Rojas, Ph.D. (Facultad de Educación, Universidad de Talca)
Marcela Henríquez, Ph.D. (Directora Técnica E.L.S.A. IntegraMédica)
José Zamorano-Abramson, Ph.D. (Centro de Estudios Avanzados, Universidad de Playa Ancha)
Dr. Reinaldo Uribe, (Departamento de Neurología, Hospital Clínico UC-Christus)
Conrado Bosman, Ph.D. (Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam)
Leonie Kausel, Ph.D. (NeuroCICS, Universidad del Desarrollo)
Arturo Zumaeta, Ph.D. (Facultad de Medicina y Hospital Clínico, Universidad de Chile)
Enzo Brunetti, Ph.D.  (Escuela de Medicina, Universidad de Chile)
Patricia Soto Icaza, Ph.D. (NeuroCICS, Universidad del Desarrollo)
Rodrigo Ortega, Ph.D. (Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Chile)
Ricardo García, Ph.D.  (Centro de Estudios Cognitivos, Universidad de Chile)
Felix Bacigalupo, Ph.D. (Laboratorio para la Cognición y las Emociones Humanas, Escuela de Psicología, PUC)
Cristian Arellano, Ph.D. (Facultad de Ciencias de la Rehabilitación, Universidad Andrés Bello)