Javier Medina

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Javier Medina was born in Madrid, but grew up in sunny Malaga on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. After finishing high school, he was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to study in the United States. He graduated summa cum laude from Drexel University (Philadelphia) in 1993, with dual degrees in Physics and in Computer Science. He then moved to The University of Texas (Houston), where he spent the next 7 years learning about the brain and doing a PhD in Neuroscience in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Mauk. His thesis work and subsequent post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Lisberger at The University of California (San Francisco) have a common goal that continues to drive much of Dr. Medina’s research program today: to achieve a full mechanistic understanding of how the brain learns to optimize our behavior. In 2008 Dr. Medina became an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at The University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and in 2014, he was given tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. In 2015, Dr. Medina moved his laboratory to Baylor College of Medicine (Houston), where he is currently the Vivian L Smith Associate Professor in Neuroscience. Dr. Medina’s laboratory is currently using computational approaches and tools from pharmacology, in vivo neurophysiology and optogenetics to examine how mice use neural circuits of the cerebellum to enhance behavioral performance