Pedro M. (Kepa) Paz-Alonso


Group Leader - Ikerbasque Research Associate 2021-2025 (Former Ramon y Cajal Fellow 2016-2020)

Keywords: Cognitive neuroscience, Developmental cognitive neuroscience, Language systems, Memory systems, Functional MRI (task-related, resting state), structural MRI (volumetry, diffusion MRI, quantitative MRI), Dyslexia, Parkinson.

BCBL Research lines: Language development across the life span; reading and dislexia; neurodegeneration, brain damage and rehabilitation; language and other cognitive systems; advanced methods in cognitive neuroscience.

Post-Doctoral Researcher: Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis, CA, US; and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, CA, US. Other research experience: Developmental Research Center, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis, CA, US; Advanced training on MRI methods and neuroimaging analytical tools at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Kepa Paz-Alonso is an Ikerbasque Research Associate and the head of the Language and Memory Control (LMC) research group, a multidisciplinary team including  cognitive neuroscientists, physicists and engineers. His research program uses functional and structural multimodal MRI techniques to investigate how higher cognitive functions result from interactions between different cognitive components, focusing mostly on language (reading, speech comprehension and production), attention and memory (semantic, episodic) across the life span in cognitively normal and clinical populations. He and his group also work on designing, developing and implementing new MRI methods. Kepa’s research experience includes 6 years of postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience and the use of advanced MRI techniques at international institutes such as the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California (UC), Davis, and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. He has an extensive network of national and international collaborators in different domains (i.e., cognitive neuroscience, network neuroscience, medical imaging and human neuroanatomy) with whom he conducts relevant multidisciplinary research projects and keep improving his scientific program. He has participated as PI, co-PI or collaborator in research projects funded by national (e.g., FIS, MICIN, MINECO, Basque Government, La Caixa Health Research) and international agencies (e.g., ERC, NSF).

Research group: Language and Memory Control

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