CV – Laura Verónica Cuaya, PhD

Area of interest: Animal cognition

Place & date of birth: Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality: Mexican
Education: Neurobiology MA (2013), Psychology BA (2011)
Contact: lauveri.rozen@gmail.com

Studies:
2014–2018 PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Institute of Neurobiology, UNAM. With Honors
2011–2013 MSc in Neurobiology. Institute of Neurobiology, UNAM. With Honors
2006–2011 BA in Psychology. UNAM. With Honors
Cerebral activity patterns reveal distinct stages of speech perception in the dog auditory cortex Comparative brain imaging of face- and species-sensitivity in humans and dogs

Languages skills: Spanish and English

Degree: PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Institute of Neurobiology, UNAM.

Professional experience and positions:

2018 – 2019 Research fellow MTA-ELTE Lendület Neuroetológiai Kutatócsoport

Main project: Cerebral activity patterns reveal distinct stages of speech perception in the dog auditory cortex. Ethology department at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.
Supervisor: Attila Andics.

2014 – 2018 Graduate Researcher (PhD) Institute of Neurobiology, UNAM

Main project: Cerebral correlates of human faces perception in dogs by fMRI. Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurobiology. Supervisor: Luis Concha Loyola.

2011 – 2013 Graduate Researcher (MSc) Institute of Neurobiology, UNAM

Project: Cerebral correlates of causal decision by fMRI. Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurobiology.
Supervisor: Luis Concha Loyola.

2008 – 2011 Undergraduate Fellow Faculty of Psychology, UNAM

Specialized in Experimental Psychology. Laboratory of Learning and Memory.
Supervisor Javier Nieto.

Teaching experience:

  • MultiVariate Pattern Analysis in Python. Course in Institute of Neurobiology of National Autonomous University of Mexico. September – October, 2017.
  • fMRI in Cognitive Neurosciences. Intersession course in Faculty of Psychology of National Autonomous University of Mexico. January, 2016.
  • Social cognition in dogs and humans. Intersession course in Faculty of Psychology ofNational Autonomous University of Mexico. January, 2015.
  • fMRI in Cognitive Neurosciences. Intersession course in Faculty of Psychology of National Autonomous University of Mexico. January, 2015.

Domestic and foreign scholarships:

  • Postdoctoral stay abroad by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT)
  • Second Postdoctoral stay abroad by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT)
  • National program of quality postgraduate for PhD studies by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT)
  • National program of quality postgraduate for MSc studies by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT)

Professional awards and recognition:

  • PhD graduate with Honors. Institute of Neurobiology, UNAM.
  • MSc graduate with Honors. Institute of Neurobiology, UNAM.
  • BA graduate with Honors. Psychology faculty. UNAM.
  • Merit Abstract Travel Stipend for the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting. 2016.

5 most significant publications (within 5 years):

Hernández-Pérez, R., Cuaya, L. V., Rojas-Hortelano, E., Reyes-Aguilar, A., Concha, L., & De Lafuente, V. (2017). Tactile object categories can be decoded from the parietal and lateral-occipital cortices. Neuroscience 352, 226-235.

Cuaya, L. V., Hernández-Pérez, R., & Concha, L. (2016). Our faces in the dog’s brain: functional imaging reveals temporal cortex activation during perception of human faces. PloS one, 11(3), e0149431. *Top 1% most downloaded Plos One research articles published in 2016.

Hernández-Pérez, R., Morales, E. A., & Cuaya, L. V. (2016). Open source low-cost device to register dog’s heart rate and tail movement. Gigascience, 5(Sup 1), 13-14.

Cuaya, Laura V. &Hernández-Pérez, R. Correlatos cerebrales del reconocimiento de caras humanas en perros. Gutiérrez Lombardo, R, Martínez Contreras, J. & Ponce de León, A. (Cord), Cultura y Evolución, pp. 179-190. Centro de Estudios Filosócos, Políticos y Sociales Vicente Lombardo Toledano. 2016.