Behavior is governed by a set of precisely coordinated neurobiological mechanisms, supporting the formation of memory and mental operations guiding behavioral choices and actions. Failure of any such mechanisms can lead to life-impairing cognitive dysfunctions, of which Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Schizophrenia (SCZ) are socially-pervasive examples. To understand and cure such conditions it is imperative that we dissect the neural circuits underlying the functions they affect. The candidate should present an ongoing research program whose objectives fit into the investigation of neural circuits and perceptual mechanisms that lead to memory formation, learning mechanisms, episodic memory dynamics, and mechanisms that support memory retrieval and which lead to decisional behavior. The research should focus on using the techniques described below to describe anatomical and functional connectivity patterns that regulate neuronal activity in vivo and in vitro within the hippocampus region and its interaction with the cortex and sub-cortex during the behavior. In addition to this phenomenological aspect, it should evolve to the causal interrogation of those circuits and mechanisms during behavior, using the most modern techniques available, and developing those that are not yet developed, in order to unveil multiregional neural mechanisms that are the basis of memory formation and its use for complex decision-making behaviors. The applicant must demonstrate the skills and competences required to carry out this research program and attract the necessary funding.
Any National, foreign and stateless candidate(s) that hold the following requirements can apply: