Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried
Title of talk:
Ruben Portugues is the research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried, Germany, for the group of sensorimotor control. After Dr Portugues started his studies in Mathematics with a Master’s, he continued with his PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge. Dr Portugues then went to Chile for a postdoctoral fellowship in theoretical physics at Centro de Estudios Cientificos. From 2006 until 2014 Dr Portugues did a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology at Harvard University in the laboratory of Florian Engert. Since 2014 he is a successful group leader at the Max Planck Institute of neurobiology. His team investigates motor learning and sensory integration with a key focus on brain adaptation to new learning rules, unravelling the underlying neural circuits by studying the behavioural algorithms. To investigate this, the group is using larval zebrafish with self-programmed virtual reality experiments in a swim-simulator.