I graduated as a Licentiate of Science degree in Biology from the National University of Chile (2009) and completed my PhD thesis at the Visual Neuroscience Lab of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2018). I have collaborated with the computational Neuroscience Group of the Pompeu Fabra University –Barcelona, and the Neural Dynamics of Cognition Lab at the Catholic University of Chile. During my PhD, I developed new resting state fMRI analyses that reveal fine-scale details of the functional organization of the human visual cortex. I applied these to investigate local and distributed brain dynamics within and between visual field maps, and how these change under different stimulation conditions.
I am also interested in computational modelling of neuronal dynamics, biology (in all its branches), complex systems & philosophy.
I aim to characterize –and possibly benchmark– task-dependent changes in brain activity at the scale of individual cortical visual field maps in experimental conditions involving natural vision and imagery. In addition, I am also interested in how these changes respond to neurological disease. I believe that with biologically inspired modeling techniques, even more details could be extracted from resting state and visual imagery fMRI data, such as the transient temporal dynamics of visuotopically organized fluctuations and its relation to local and global changes in neuronal interactions elsewhere in the brain. This would allow the interpretation of these as the consequences of non-retinal visual processes, such as imagery.