I am a researcher interested in using quantitative MRI, particularly (but not limited to) diffusion-weighted MRI, for the study of neurological disorders, with special interest in epilepsy. Along with the great people in the lab, we try to understand what causes some specific brain lesions to be epileptogenic, how this process evolves over time, and how it affects cognitive abilities. Some of these questions can be addressed in clinical research, but when it is not possible, we turn to animal models, where we have more control, and are able to use other methods on top of MRI. So much work on the temporal lobe has piqued my interest in how the auditory cortices make sense of acoustic stimuli that vary over time, a topic we have investigated using functional MRI. I joined the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2010, and started the Brain Connectivity Laboratory in 2012. The type of work that I most enjoy is multidisciplinary by nature, and I have the fortune of having great collaborators.

SInce 2014, I lead the National Laboratory for magnetic resonance imaging, which serves several research groups from all over Mexico. This has fortunately forced me to keep up with different quantitative MRI methods.

Interests

  • Epilepsy
  • Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI)
  • Quantitative MRI

Education

  • Postdoc in imaging of epilepsy, 2008-2010

    Montreal Neurological Hospital

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science, 2003-2007

    University of Alberta

  • Medical School, 1995-2002

    Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico

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