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Mathematical Biophysics seminars

The NOLIN Lab together with professors from the mathematical department of the UPC interested on mathematical Biology organize regular informal seminars.  

The seminars take place usually in the room 0.6 of the EPSEB.

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  • 11/12/2019 (12:00) Pablo Jercog: Reading-out how long-term memory is represented in the brain
Abstract: After almost 50 years of research investigating how memories are encoded in the electrical activity of neuronal populations, the neuroscience community is starting to understand how memories are stored in the different brain networks. Hippocampus is a component of the medial temporal lobe network, which has critical functions in many cognitive processes. The lack of methods to observe large populations of neurons over a long period of time was one of the main limitations to scrutinize the encoding of memories in the brain. Recent technological developments are allowing us to read the brain while is learning and memorizing. Miniaturized 1-photon microscopy, Bayesian statistic framework, and high-throughput behavioral task are part of the toolset that I have developed over the last years during my post-doctoral experiences, and now with my own team. This unique combination of tools is enabling us to read out in real-time from neural activity memory-related information, while the animal is learning, forming memory, and recalling previously stored ones.

I will present our recent results showing how memories are encoded in the hippocampus, and how our novel behavioral task allows us to measure memory stored over many days with unprecedented statistical power. Our current scientific project has also an important component of translational medicine where we study the effects of neural diseases like NMDA-encephalitis in human patients as well as therapies for rehabilitation for a family of diseases affecting memory formation and recall. In addition, I will present my future research line where I propose to study how long term memories affect decision making processes in our daily life. 


All results are the product of several experiments and data analysis performed in collaboration with Eric Kandel, Larry Abbott, Mark Schnitzer, Jaime de la Rocha, and Josep Dalmau.


  • 17/10/2019 (12:00) Paul LaizzoThe Visible Heart® Project and the Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy
  • 09/10/2019 (12:00) Friedrich Puttkammer: Coordination in Ensembles of Rhythmic Bursting Neurons via Diffusive Coupling of Extracellular Space
  • 07/6/2019 (12:00) Michael Colman: Arrhythmia from dyad to whole-heart: bi-directional coupling between re-entry and spontaneous calcium release
  • 17/5/2019 (11:30) Alberto Perez: On the role of Oscillatory Dynamics in Neural Communication
  • 19/3/2019 (12:00) Tinen Iles, Hibernation Physiology of the American Black Bear: computational, translational applications and Visible Heart Methodologies
  • 1/3/2019 (11:30) Antonio Pons: Matching mesoscopic and microscopic neural dynamics using Kalman filtering
  • 16/11/2018 (12:30) Laureano Ramirez de la Piscina: Semi-microscopic models for ionic channels dynamics
  • 26/10/2018 (12:30) Nora Wieczorek i Masdeu: Discrete control methods for cardiac alternans
  • 29/06/2018 (12:30) David Conesa: Analysis of homeostatic regulation in cardiac cells
  • 15/06/2018 (12:30) Felix Campelo: Lipid homeostasis controls the shape, function and organization of the Golgi membranes
  • 1/06/2018 (12:15) Dafni Giannari: Short tutorial on Myokit
  • 11/05/2018 (12:30) Tomas Lázaro: Prebiotic evolution: small hypercycles with shortcircuits
  • 23/3/2018 (12:30) Ramón Planet: Two-phase displacements in a gap-modulated Hele-Shaw cell
  • 9/3/2018 (12:30) Dafni Giannari: The effect of brain geometry on magnetoencephalographic measurements
  • 15/2/2018 (12:00) José J. Muñoz: Force Inference Tools in Mechanobiology
  • 30/11/2017 (12:00) Miquel Marchena: Introduction to Ipython notebook
  • 26/10/2017 (12:00) Martí Català: The bubble model, a computational model for undestanding tuberculosis lesions dynamics in lungs.
  • 8/9/2017 (12:00) Francesc Font: Mathematical modeling of phase change at the nanoscale
  • 21/7/2017 (12:00) Pedro A. Arroyo: Discretization-dependent model for weakly connected excitable media
  • 14/7/2017 (15:00) Alexander V. Panfilov: Multiple mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias studied using anatomically accurate modeling
  • 7/7/2017 (12:00) John Bush: Pilot-wave hydrodynamics
  • 9/6/2017 (12:00) Carsten Wiuf. Mathematical tools for analyzing systems of Ordinary Differential Equations
  • 7/6/2017 (12:00) Rodrigo Weber dos Santos. The multi-use of an optimization-based algorithm for the construction of biological networks: from arterial trees to cardiac Purkinje networks
  • 26/5/2017 (12:00) Enric Álvarez. Biological signaling networks. Robustness in cell decision  
  • 7/4/2017 (12:00) Gemma Huguet. Neuroprotective Role of Gap Junctions in a Neuron-Astrocyte Network Model
  • 10/3/2017 (12:00) Claudia Hawks. Connexin dynamics in cardiac tissue
  • 1/3/2017 (12:00) Sergio Alonso. Rheology of Living Cells: applications to active matter.
  • 8/2/2017 (11:30) Annette Witt. Custering and Correlation of Extreme Events.
  • 2/1/2017 (11:30) Toni Guillamon. Bifurcacions no locals bàsiques en sistemes d'equacions diferencials.
  • 1/12/2016 (12:15) Sergio Alonso. Stochastic computational methods: From microscopic algorithms to mesoscopic and macroscopic equations.
  • 10/11/2016 (12:15) Miquel Marchena. Development of a computational model of calcium signaling in cardiac cells at the submicron scale.