Federico Bolaños

I am a currently a Research Associate at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science in the Laboratory for Neural Circuits and Genetics under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Benucci. My current project involves investigating the causal role of the mouse Posterior Parietal Cortex during visual decision making. To do so, I am taking a model based approach by predicting the dynamics of brain activity at a population level. Using this model I can guide optogenetic experiments and determine if a causal role exists.

Previously I did a Master of Science in Neuroscience at UBC under the supervison of Dr. Timothy Murphy where I developed several automated behavioral systems to train mice, and for my final project developed a system to image the activity of two mice simultaneously while they interacted with their whiskers.

Before graduate school, I completed a Bachelor of Science at UBC and graduated in May 2016. My major was Integrated Sciences, and the disciplines I integrated were Neuroscience and Computer Science.

My interests revolve around chronic brain imaging, optogenetics, SBCs, python, machine learning and image analysis. I like automating experiments as much as possible to reduce variability in the data, and decreasing experimenter interaction as much as possible. I also enjoy tinkering with electronics and playing piano. Take a look at my blog and projects to find out more.

Me at the Nishina Superconducting Ring Cyclotron during RIKEN Open Day 2019