Prof. Alireza Valizadeh from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (Iran) will visit Prof. Sen Cheng (TP B2) from the Mercator Research Group "Structure of Memory" from August until end of September 2013. Alireza Valizadeh is the head of the Neurophysics Lab at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS) in Zanjan.
He received his PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), Iran. His PhD thesis was on the ‘Synchronization of Josephson junctions in triangular arrays’. He conducted postdoctoral research also at IASBS working on ‘Soliton dynamics in Bose-Einstein condensates and Josephson junction arrays’. He has been an Assistant Professor at IASBS since 2009, initiating a Neuroscience Program with a few colleagues from the Physics, Mathematics and Biochemistry Departments. Now he is the head of the Neurophysics Lab, one of the leading groups in theoretical and computational neuroscience in Iran. They use the dynamical systems approach to study the self-organized dynamics and emergent phenomena in neuronal ensembles. Alireza Valizadeh is interested in clarifying the role of different parameters such as the delay in communication, heterogeneity and shared/independent noises on the coordinated activity of neurons. Currently, he pursues the question of the synchronization properties of neuronal networks with dynamic synaptic weights and studies the interplay of dynamics and structure seen in the networks when the synapses evolve through spike-timing-dependent plasticity.
You will find more information on his website.