Scholar Profile

Javier F. Medina

Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine
S709
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030
Voice: 713-798-8141
Email: jfmedina@bcm.edu
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2009 Searle Scholar

Research Interests

Trial-by-Trial Analysis of Motor Learning in the Cerebellum

What are the neural processes that allow us to acquire and consolidate new motor skills such as learning to play the piano, ride a bicycle or swing a golf club? To address this question, my laboratory is doing experiments in awake-behaving mice while they perform a simple motor learning task known as Pavlovian eyeblink conditioning. We study neural processing in normal mice and in genetically-engineered mouse models of motor dysfunction using a multi-disciplinary approach that combines tools from psychology, in vivo neurophysiology and computational neuroscience. The goal of our research is to understand the link between neural activity, long-term plasticity and motor learning in the healthy brain, and then, to translate our findings into the clinical realm by identifying therapeutic entry-points for the treatment of movement disorders.