Stipendary Lecturer in Psychology, Brasenose CollegeCarmen Pinon resized


PhD Neurosciences and BSc Psychology, University of Rio de Janeiro

Academic Background

BSc in Psychology, PhD in Neuroscience. Joined Brasenose in 2013 as a College Lecture in Psychology. Has previously been a Stipendary Lecturer at St Catherine’s, Queen’s, and Lady Margaret Hall. Is a Senior Lecturer at the Medical School of the University of Buckingham.

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

Neurophysiology for Prelims Experimental Psychology students, Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience for FHS students.

Research Interests

I started my scientific career investigating the connections and physiology of the visual cortex in primates. In 2000 I moved to Oxford to the group of Professor Alan Cowey at the Dept. Experimental Psychology to study the anatomical basis of the Blindsight phenomena. Later in 2004, I joined the group of Professor Zoltan Molnar, at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics to work on the development of the interactions between thalamus and cortex. My current research interests is on the modularity of the Prefrontal cortex.

Main publications

Feedforward and feedback connections and their relation to the CytOx modules of V2 in Cebus monkeys Sheila Nascimento-Silva, Maria Carmen Pinõn Juliana G.M. Soares, Aglai P.B. Sousa and Ricardo Gattass Journal of Comparative Neurology, 2014.

Subplate and the Formation of the Earliest Cerebral Cortical Circuits, 2010. Zoltán Molnár, Wei Zhi Wang, Maria Carmen Piñon, Daniel Blakey, Shinichi Kondo, Franziska Oeschger, and Anna Hoerder-Saubedissen. Book Chapter in “New Aspects of Axonal Structure and Function”. Springer Science.

Selective abnormalities in cortical layering and behavioral deficits in the cortex-specific Pax6cKO mice. Tuoc TC, Radyushkin K, Tonchev AB, Piñon MC, Ashery-Padan R, Molnár Z, Davidoff MS, Stoykova A. Journal of Neuroscience, July 1, 2009, 29(26):8335-8349.

Dynamic integration of subplate neurons into the cortical barrel field circuitry during postnatal development in the Golli-tau-eGFP (GTE) mouse. Maria Carmen Piñon, Ankeet Jethwa, Erin Jacobs, Anthony Campagnoni and Zoltán Molnár.Jounal of Physiology, April 2009, 587 (9).

Specificity and Plasticity of Thalamocortical Connections in Sema6A Mutant Mice Graham E Little, Guillermina López-Bendito, Annette E Rünker, Noelia García, Maria C Piñon, Alain Chédotal, Zoltán Molnár, Kevin J Mitchell. PLBio, April 2009, 28; 7 (4):e98.

Dissociation between molecular regionalization and area-specific cortical connectivity in the cortex specific Pax6 knock out mutant. Maria Carmen Piñon, Tran Cong Tuoc, Ruth-Ashery Padan, Zoltán Molnár and Anastassia Stoykova.    Journal Neuroscience, 28(35) 8724-8734. August 27, 2008.

David A Keays, Guoling Tian, Karine Poirier, Guo-Jen Huang, Christian Siebold, James Cleak, Peter Oliver, Martin Fray, Robert Harvey, Zoltan Molnar, Maria Carmen Piñon, Neil Dear, Steve D.M. Brown, Nicholas J Rawlins, Kay E Davies, Nick Cowan, Patrick Nolan, Jamel Chelly, Jonathan Flint. Mutations in α-tubulin cause hippocampal defects in mice and lissencephaly in humans. Cell  128, 45-57, Jan 12, 2007

Genes involved in the formation of the earliest cortical circuits. Zoltán Molnár, Anna Hoerder, Wei Zhi Wang, Jamin De Proto, Kay Davies, Sheena Lee, Ole Paulsen, Maria Carmen Piñon, Amanda F.P. Cheung 2007, Cortical Development: Genes and Genetic Abnormalities. Novartis Foundation      Symposium No. 288: 212-24; discussion 224-9, 276

Email address

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