Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Michael Ortiz Rios

Research Associate


Dr. Ortiz Rios is currently a Research Associate at the Institute of Neuroscience in Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom.  He received a B.S. in Psychology and Behavior from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. After his experience in clinical psychiatric he join the Laboratory of Neuropsychology at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD where he got interested in brain research. After his training at NIH he obtain a M.S. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University under the supervision of Prof. Josef P. Rauschecker. There he develop functional MRI techniques to study brain networks involve in the abstraction of semantic information in complex sounds.  He continued with his interest in fMRI and joined the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics under the supervision of Prof. Nikos K. Logothetis where he conducted most of his dissertation work in auditory space perception with high-field fMRI. He obtained his doctoral degree in Neuroscience from the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) in Tuebingen, Germany. Currently he works as a postdoc in Michael C. Schmid lab in Newcastle and aims to study thalamo-cortical interactions with neurophysiological and optogenetic tools .


Fellowships and Awards:

2013 - 2015 Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics,International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).

Doctoral Fellowship.

2009 - 2012 National Science Foundation,International Research in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience (NSF-PIRE).

Doctoral Fellowship.

2007 - 2009 American Psychological Association,Diversity Program in Neuroscience (DPA).

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.

2004 - 2006 National Institute of Mental Health, NIH Intramural Research Award (IRTA).

Post-bachelor fellowship.


Ortiz-Rios M, Kusmierek P, DeWitt I, Archakov D, Azevedo FA, Sams M, Jääskeläine IP, Keliris GA, Rauschecker JP. Functional MRI of the vocalization-processing network in the macaque brain. Front Neurosci. 2015, 9, 113.

Azevedo FA, Ortiz-Rios M, Logothetis NK, Keliris GA. A Potential Role of Auditory Induced Modulations in Primary Visual Cortex. Multisensory Research 2015, (in press)

Kusmierek P, Ortiz M , Rauschecker JP. Sound-identity processing in early areas of the auditory ventral stream in the macaque. J Neurophysiol. 2012, 107, 1123-41.

Simmons JM, Saad ZS, Lizak MJ, Ortiz M, Koretsky AP, Richmond BJ. Mapping prefrontal circuits in vivo with manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging in monkeys. J Neurosci. 2008; 28, 7637-47.