Major breakthroughs in science are often accompanied by the identification of a mathematical way to describe complex phenomena, such as Newton’s laws of motion, or the three dimensional structure of DNA. Though neuroscience has already produced several important models, it still lacks a mathematical description of how neurons in the brain coordinate their activity in order to process incoming sensory information and how they use it to act. It’s one of the biggest and most complicated mysteries in the field of neuroscience. Big because little is understood at this point and complicated because it involves many interconnected autonomic units (neurons), which are intrinsically complex.

Main Interests

Formulating computational theories of brain function and animal behaviour


Mathematical analysis and numerical simulations

Models and Regions

Rodents, Monkeys, Frontal Lobes

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Champalimaud Foundation

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Avenida Brasília, 1400-038 Lisbon, Portugal

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