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People About the institute Luis Miguel Martínez Otero
Degree:
Biological Sciences by Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1992.

Ph.D program:
Biological Sciences (Neuroscience) by Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1997.

Posdoctoral Positions:
The Rockefeller University, New York, 1996-2001.

Previous positions:
Guest Investigator. Deptartment of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. (2002- ).
Profesor Titular del Área de Fisiología. Universidade da Coruña. Spain. (2003-2006).
Profesor ayudante de Fisiología. Universidade da Coruña. Spain. (1999-2003).
Guest Investigator. Laboratory of Neurobiology. The Rockefeller University. New York, NY, USA. (2001)
Postdoctoral Associate. The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA. (1997-2000).
Guest Investigator. The Rockefeller University. New York, NY, USA. (1996-1997).
Ph.D. Student. Departamento de Fisiología, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Spain. (1992-1997).


Current Position:
Cientifico Titular CSIC (2006- ).

Research Fields:
Our research interest is two-fold. First, we investigate the synaptic mechanisms, structure and plasticity of the neural circuits linking reciprocally the thalamus with the different cortical areas, using the visual system as a model. Second, we want to understand the basic mechanisms of visual perception at its earliest stages. Our ultimate goal is to gain a better understanding of the structure and function of the visual cortical microcircuit that will, ultimately, reveal fundamental principles of neocortical function as a whole, and help bridge the gulf between cellular physiology and cognition.

Representative Publications

Hirsch JA. , Martinez LM. " Circuits that build visual cortical receptive fields. " Trends in Neurosciences . 29 , 30 - 39 ( 2006 )

Martinez LM. , Wang Q.,Reid RC.,Pillai C., Alonso JM.,Sommer FT. and Hirsch JA. News and views article by I-h. Chou. (Matteo Carandini, Faculty of 1000) " Receptive field structure varies with layer in the primary visual cortex. " Nature Neuroscience. . 8 , 372 - 379 ( 2005 )

Hirsch JA. , Martinez LM.,Pillai C., Alonso JM., Wang Q. and Sommer FT " Functionally distinct inhibitory neurons at the first stage of visual cortical processing. " Nature Neuroscience . 6 , 1300 - 1308 ( 2003 )

Martinez LM.* , Alonso JM.* " Construction of complex receptive fields in primary visual cortex. " Neuron . 32 , 515 - 525 ( 2001 ) * Co-author

Alonso JM.* , Martinez LM.* " Functional connectivity between simple cells and complex cells in cat striate cortex. " Nature Neuroscience. . 1 , 395 - 403 ( 1998 ) * Co-author
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