Dr. Riera, a world expert on brain multimodal imaging, who is working on neurodegenerative diseases, is joining the department June 2012.
Jorge Riera, a distinguished researcher in the area of brain imaging whose early work has been essential to understand the mechanisms of genesis of EEG and fMRI-BOLD signals, has joined Florida International University as an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Riera’s research is focused on developing strategies to integrate different modalities of brain imaging for the understanding of multicellular signaling in the neocortex. Based first on data from humans and later from rodents, Dr. Riera and his multidisciplinary group have developed biophysical models of the cortical microcircuits and neurovascular/metabolic coupling. These models underlie US-patented methods to study the multi-scale dynamics of neuronal masses and to solve the spatiotemporal inverse problems in brain imaging. This understanding is essential for investigating mechanisms that underlie altered brain function that occurs with aging, trauma or disease.
Previously as associate professor at Tohoku University School of Medicine, Riera established, with grants of over $5 million, one of the most complete laboratories for the study of brain disorders using pre-clinical rodent models and brain mapping tools. His research activity was extensively funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Telecommunications Advancement Organization of Japan and the Japan Science and Technology agency.
Riera’s research is focused on developing strategies to integrate different modalities of brain imaging for the understanding of multicellular signaling in the neocortex.
Jorge Riera earned his B.S. in Physics from the University of Havana. From 1995-1998, he was a “Junior Associate” of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, where he completed the credits for a master degree in biophysics. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Havana. Some of his doctoral work was completed through CNRS fellowships at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. His training continued as a postdoctoral fellow in Japan, with terms at RIKEN Brain Science Institute and Tohoku University. Riera has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. He has won several awards including a junior reward at the World Congress of Neuroscience (IBRO), Kyoto, Japan and a prize for excellence in teaching at the University of Havana. He is currently on the editorial boards of PLoS One, Frontiers in Neuroscience and the Journal of Integrative Neuroscience. He is member of several professional societies.