Where Ideas grow
Paulo Aguiar
Principal Researcher
After receiving my degree in Physics (BSc+MSc) from Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, I joined the Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering Institute (IBEB), Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon, where I spent one year studying Biophysics. In 2006 I received my PhD from the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (ANC), University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. I then returned to Portugal and joined the Neurobiology Division at the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC) as a postdoc for a period of two years. In 2008 I received a FCT Ciencia position of Assistant Researcher and Lecturer in Biomathematics at the Centre for Mathematics of University of Porto (CMUP). Recently (2014) I joined the National Institute of Biomedical Engineering (INEB) as a Research Fellow. I am also a Professor Afiliado of the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto (FMUP) and an Associated Member of CMUP. My research interests are in: Computational Neuroscience; Neuroinformatics; Neural Computation; Neural Engineering; Mathematical/Computational Models in Biology and Medicine.

Selected Publications

Dias C., Guerra L., Ventura J., Aguiar P.,
Memristor-based Willshaw network: Capacity and robustness to noise in the presence of defects. Applied Physics Letters106(22):, 2015. [Journal: Article] [CI: 7] [IF: 3,1]
DOI: 10.1063/1.4922148 SCOPUS: 84930960301. .

Aguiar P., Sousa M., Szucs P.,
Versatile morphometric analysis and visualization of the three-dimensional structure of neurons. Neuroinformatics11(4):393-403, 2013. [Journal: Article] [CI: 11] [IF: 3,1]
DOI: 10.1007/s12021-013-9188-z SCOPUS: 84886291005. .

Aguiar P., Mendonça L., Galhardo V.,
OpenControl: A free opensource software for video tracking and automated control of behavioral mazes. Journal of Neuroscience Methods166(1):66-72, 2007. [Journal: Article] [CI: 48] [IF: 1,9]
DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2007.06.020 SCOPUS: 34548491369. .

Szucs P., Luz L., Pinho R., Aguiar P., Antal Z., Tiong S., Todd A., Safronov B.,
Axon diversity of lamina I local-circuit neurons in the lumbar spinal cord. Journal of Comparative Neurology521(12):2719-2741, 2013. [Journal: Article] [CI: 16] [IF: 3,5]
DOI: 10.1002/cne.23311 SCOPUS: 84879484866. .

Mestre A., Cerquido M., Inácio P., Asgarifar S., Lourenço A., Cristiano M., Aguiar P., Medeiros M., Araújo I., Ventura J., Gomes H.,
Ultrasensitive gold micro-structured electrodes enabling the detection of extra-cellular long-lasting potentials in astrocytes populations. Scientific Reports7(1):, 2017. [Journal: Article] [CI: 3] [IF: 4,1]
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-14697-y SCOPUS: 85032462728. .

Pinto S., Krishna R., Dias C., Pimentel G., Oliveira G., Teixeira J., Aguiar P., Titus E., Gracio J., Ventura J., Araujo J.,
Resistive switching and activity-dependent modifications in Ni-doped graphene oxide thin films. Applied Physics Letters101(6):, 2012. [Journal: Article] [CI: 24] [IF: 3,8]
DOI: 10.1063/1.4742912 SCOPUS: 84865141673. .

Neto E., Alves C., Sousa D., Alencastre I., Lourenço A., Leitão L., Ryu H., Jeon N., Fernandes R., Aguiar P., Almeida R., Lamghari M.,
Sensory neurons and osteoblasts: Close partners in a microfluidic platform. Integrative biology : quantitative biosciences from nano to macro6(6):586-595, 2014. [Journal: Article] [CI: 23] [IF: 3,8]
DOI: 10.1039/c4ib00035h SCOPUS: 84901624359. .

Mestre A., Inácio P., Elamine Y., Asgarifar S., Lourenço A., Cristiano M., Aguiar P., Medeiros M., Araújo I., Ventura J., Gomes H.,
Extracellular electrophysiological measurements of cooperative signals in astrocytes populations. Frontiers in Neural Circuits11:, 2017. [Journal: Article] [IF: 3,1]
DOI: 10.3389/fncir.2017.00080 SCOPUS: 85032285952. .

Neto E., Leitão L., Sousa D., Alves C., Alencastre I., Aguiar P., Lamghari M.,
Compartmentalized microfluidic platforms: The unrivaled breakthrough of in vitro tools for neurobiological research. Journal of Neuroscience36(46):11573-11584, 2016. [Journal: Article] [CI: 17] [IF: 6]
DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1748-16.2016 SCOPUS: 84996552043. .

Aguiar P., Sousa M., Lima D.,
NMDA channels together with L-type calcium currents and calcium-activated nonspecific cationic currents are sufficient to generate windup in WDR neurons. Journal of Neurophysiology104(2):1155-1166, 2010. [Journal: Article] [CI: 10] [IF: 3,1]
DOI: 10.1152/jn.00834.2009 SCOPUS: 77955972258. .