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Postdoctoral Fellow

Tiago Lins Ribeiro, Ph.D.

Section on Critical Brain Dynamics

Laboratory of Systems Neuroscience
Building 35 Room 3A-116
35 Convent Drive
Bethesda 20892-3726

Lab: (301) 451-9616
Fax: (301) 480-7480
linsribeirot@mail.nih.gov



I have a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil (2007). At the same Institution, I obtained my master’s (2009) and my Ph.D. (2013) degrees applying methods from Statistical Mechanics to study the brain in an interdisciplinary Physics/Neuroscience approach, under the supervision of Dr. Mauro Copelli and Dr. Sidarta Ribeiro. After a one-year post-doc, during which I was also an Assistant Professor of the Physics Department, I moved to the National Institute of Mental Health, at the National Institutes of Health, to start a post-doc at the Section of Critical Brain Dynamics, under Dr. Dietmar Plenz’ supervision.

I am interested in applying technics from Physics, especially Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, to solve problems in Neuroscience, in particular brain dynamics. Neuronal avalanches, spatiotemporal activity cascades without characteristic size or duration, provide a link between those two major fields and has been the subject of my research over the last years. Recently, I have been focusing on trying to understand how behavior affects the dynamics observed in the relevant brain areas.

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  • 1) Ribeiro, T.L., Ribeiro, S., Copelli, M. (2016)
  • Repertoires of Spike Avalanches Are Modulated by Behavior and Novelty.
  • Front Neural Circuits, 10:16, doi: 10.3389/fncir, 00016
  • 2) Ribeiro, T.L., Ribeiro, S., Belchior, H., Caixeta, F., Copelli, M. (2014)
  • Undersampled Critical Branching Processes on Small-World and Random Networks Fail to Reproduce the Statistics of Spike Avalanches.
  • Plos One, 9, e94992, doi:10.1371/journal, pone.0094992
  • 3) Ribeiro, T.L., Copelli, M., Caixeta, F., Belchior, H., Chialvo, D.R., Nicolelis, M.A.L., Ribeiro, S. (2010)
  • Spike Avalanches Exhibit Universal Dynamics across the Sleep-Wake Cycle.
  • Plos One, 5, e14129, doi: 10.1371/journal, pone.0014129
  • 4) Ribeiro, T.L., Copelli, M. (2008)
  • Deterministic Excitable Media under Poisson Drive: Power Law Responses, Spiral Waves, and Dynamic Range.
  • Phys. Rev. E,, 77, 051911, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/Phys Re
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