Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Fernando Nodal studied Biological Sciences (BSc, MSc) at the University of Salamanca, Spain, where he also obtained his PhD in Neuroscience studying the neural circuits of auditory reflexes. In 2000 thanks to a Marie Curie Fellowship from the EU he moved to Oxford to work with Prof A J King on spatial maps in the ferret Superior Colliculus during development. Since then he has been a member of the Auditory Neuroscience group supported by Welcome Trust where he continues to research different aspects of the auditory perception by combining behaviour, electrophysiology and anatomy. One of his main interests is studying the neural basis of plasticity exhibited by the auditory system using a model of unilateral conductive hearing loss, which enables a stable perception to be maintained in ever-changing situations.
At present, he is investigating how the behavioural relevance of sensory stimuli as distinct from their physical properties affects their representation at the neuronal level. With this aim he is recording neural responses in the auditory cortex of trained animals while they perform a discrimination paradigm with different combinations of auditory and visual stimuli.