Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Michael Ortiz Rios

Research Associate

Background

Background

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 obtained 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 .

Education


2016 PhD Neuroscience,

Graduate School of Neural & Behavioral Sciences, International Max Planck Research

School at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.


2009 MSc. Neuroscience,

Interdiciplinary Program in Neuroscience, Georgetown Medical Center, Georgetown

University, Washington D.C., U.S.A.


2004 BSc. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences,

Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, P.R., U.S.A.


Current Position


2016-Current

Research Associate,

Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K.


Thesis Defense


2016 Functional neuroimaging of ventral and dorsal stream pathways in the

macaque auditory system, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Advisors: Prof. Dr. Josef P. Rauschecker & Prof. Dr. Nikos K. Logothetis


Research Interest


Optogenetics, fMRI, vocal perception and production, large-scale neuronal networks,

visual and auditory perception, spatial cognition, brain-machine interfaces



Research


Research Experience


2016 -Current Post-doctoral Research, Mapping cortical circuits with fMRI and optogenetics,

Schmid Lab, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K.

Supervisor: Dr. Michael C. Schmid


2011 - 2015 Doctoral Research, FMRI mapping of acoustic space in macaque auditory cortex,

Department Physiology of Cognitive Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biological

Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nikos K. Logothetis


2009 - 2012 Doctoral Research, fMRI mapping of vocalization networks,

Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience anf Cognition, Georgetown Medical Center,

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Josef P. Rauschecker


2007 - 2009 Master Research, Analyses of neural populations using representational dissimilarity,

Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition, Georgetown Medical Center,

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Supervisor: Dr. Pawel Kusmierek


2005 - 2006 Research Assistant, Mapping networks in-vivo with manganese-enhanced MRI,

Laboratory of Neuropsychology, Section in Neural Coding and Computation, National

Institute of Mental Health,, NIH, Bethesda, MD, U.S.A.

Supervisor: Barry Richmond, M.D.


2004 - 2005 Research Assistant, Tonotopic mapping with fMRI in the awake monkey,

Laboratory of Neuropsychology, Section on Cognitive Neuroscience, National Institute

of Mental Health,, NIH, Bethesda, MD, U.S.A.

Supervisor: Dr. Mortimer Mishkin


Fellowships & Awards


2017 Young Scientist Award,

6th International Conference on Auditory Cortex (ICAC).


2013 Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Doctoral Fellowship,

International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).


2009 National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellowship,

International Research in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience (NSF-PIRE).


2007 American Psychological Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship,

Diversity Program in Neuroscience (DPA).


2004 National Institute of Health Fellowship,

NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA).


Conference Publications


Ortiz-Rios M, Haag M, Agayby B, Balezeau F, Schmid MC. Mapping cortico-cortical

network activity with fMRI elicited by optogenetic stimulation of primate V1. Soc.

Neurosci. 2018, San Diego, CA, U.S.A


Ortiz-Rios M, Haag M, Balezeau F, Schmid MC. Stable functional networks during

natural vision in the macaque brain. Soc. Neurosci. 2017, Washington, D.C., U.S.A


Ortiz-Rios M, Logothetis N.K., Schmid MC. New fMRI evidence supporting an

opponent hemifield code representation for space in the auditory cortex of primates.

6th International Auditoy Cortex Conference 2017, Banff, Alberta, Canada


Azevedo FA, Ortiz-Rios M, Azevedo LC, Balla DZ, Lohman G, Logothetis NK and

Keliris GK. Simultaneous resting-state and visually-driven functional networks in the

macaque brain.Soc. Neurosci. 2016, San Diego, CA, U.S.A


Ortiz-Rios M, Azevedo FAC, Azevedo LC, Balla DZ, Lohmann G, Logothetis NK and

Keliris GA. Dynamic Functional Connectivity Reflects Complex Audiovisual Scenes

Changes during Cognitive Processing. 9th IBRO World Congress on Neuroscience,

2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Azevedo FA, Ortiz-Rios M, Azevedo LC, Balla D, Lohmann G, Logothetis NK and

Keliris GA. Eingenvector Centrality Mapping during Natural Viewing in the Macaque

Brain. 9th IBRO World Congress on Neuroscience 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Ortiz-Rios M, Steudel T, Logothetis NK and Rauschecker JP. High-resolution fMRI

phase-mapping of azimuth space in rhesus monkey auditory cortex. Soc. Neurosci.

2013, San Diego, CA, U.S.A


Ortiz-Rios M, Steudel T, Augath M, Logothetis NK and Rauschecker JP. Functional

neuroimaging of sound motion in the macaque dorsal stream.4th International

Conference on Auditory Cortex 2012, Lausanne, Switzerland.


Artchakov D, Ortiz-Rios M, Kusmierek P, Ding C, VanMeter J, DeWitt I, Sams M,

Jääskeläinen IP, Rauschecker JP. Representation of sound sequences in the auditory

dorsal stream after sensorimotor learning in the macaque monkey. Soc. Neurosci.

2012, New Orleans, LA, U.S.A


Ortiz-Rios M, Artchakov D, DeWitt I, Kusmierek P, Ding C, VanMeter J, Rauschecker

JP. Cochleotopic Mapping of Macaque Auditory Cortex with Functional Magnetic

Resonance Imaging at 3 Tesla. Soc. Neurosci. 2011, Washington, D.C., U.S.A


Kusmierek P, Ortiz-Rios M and Rauschecker JP. Population analysis reveals specialization

for "what" processing in early rostral areas of macaque auditory cortex. APAN

2011, Washington, D.C., U.S.A


Ortiz-Rios M, Artchakov D, DeWitt I, VanMeter J, Kusmierek P, Rauschecker JP.

Mapping the macaque auditory system using magnetic resonance imaging and complex

sounds. Soc. Neurosci. 2010, San Diego, CA, U.S.A


Ortiz-Rios M, Kusmierek P, Rauschecker JP. Responses of the monkey auditory

cortex neuronal population to synthetic and natural sounds. Soc. Neurosci. 2008,

Washington, D.C., U.S.A


Ortiz-Rios M, Poremba A, Malloy MM, Saunders RC, Herscovitch P and Mishkin

M. FDG-PET Brain Imaging in Rhesus Monkeys: Working Memory in the Superior

Temporal Gyrus. Summer Intramural Research Program 2004, Bethesda, MD,U.S.A




Publications