Dr. Adrián Ponce-Alvarez

Theoretical neuroscientist
Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow at
Center for Brain and Cognition
Computational Neuroscience Group
Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, Spain.

About me

I am a theoretical neuroscientist employed as a postdoctoral fellow at the Computational Neuroscience Group of the Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC) at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) of Barcelona, Spain.

My research concerns the study of neural networks, at different scales and in different states. I focus primarily on how cognitive processes are represented in the spatiotemporal patterns of neuronal activity; how brain regions interact; how collective behaviors emerge in neural networks; and how these collective behaviors underlie brain function/dysfunction and different brain states (e.g., conscious wakefulness, sleep, anesthesia).

My approach uses a combination of data analysis and theory, by means of stochastic dynamical systems, information theory, statistical mechanics, machine learning, and network theory.

I am committed in favour of gender, race, and class equity in Academia and I am part of the Center for Gender Studies (CEdGE) at the UPF.

Selected publications

Complete list of publications

Ponce-Alvarez A, Uhrig L, Deco N, Signorelli CM, Kringelbach ML, Jarraya B, Deco G (2022) Macroscopic quantities of collective brain activity during wakefulness and anesthesia. Cerebral Cortex  32(2), 298–311

Pfeffer T, Ponce-Alvarez A, Meindertsma T, Gahnström C, van den Brink RL, Nolte G, Tsetsos K, Engel AK, Deco G, Donner TH (2021) Circuit mechanisms for the chemical modulation of cortex-wide network interactions and exploration behavior. Science Advances, 7(29), eabf5620.

Ponce-Alvarez A, Mochol G, Hermoso-Mendizabal A, de la Rocha J, Deco G (2020) Cortical state transitions and stimulus response evolve along stiff and sloppy parameter dimensions, respectively. eLife 9, e53268.

Hahn G, Ponce-Alvarez A, Deco G, Aertsen A, Kumar A (2019) Portraits of communication in neuronal networks. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 20, 117-127.

Ponce-Alvarez A*, Jouary A*, Privat M, Deco G, Sumbre G (2018) Whole-brain neuronal activity displays crackling noise dynamics. Neuron 100, 1446-1459.

Ponce-Alvarez A, Deco G, Hagmann P, Romani GL, Mantini D, Corbetta M (2015a) Resting-state temporal synchronization networks emerge from connectivity topology and heterogeneity. PLoS Computational Biology e1004100.

Ponce-Alvarez A*, Thiele A*, Albright TD, Stoner GR, Deco G (2013) Stimulus-dependent variability and noise correlations in cortical MT neurons. PNAS 110(32):13162-7.

Deco G*, Ponce-Alvarez A*, Mantini D, Romani GL, Hagmann P, Corbetta M (2013) Resting-state functional connectivity emerges from structurally and dynamically shaped slow linear fluctuations. Journal of Neuroscience 33(27):11239-52.


Email: adrian.ponce@upf.edu
Tel.: (+34) 935 42 23 62

Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)
Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC)
Computational Neuroscience Group
C/ Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27,
Mercè Rodoreda 24 Building (office 24.317)
08005 Barcelona, Spain