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ACADEMIC POSITIONS


Jul.2017- Present

                                            Senior Research Fellow, Buffalo lab, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA,

Feb.2015- Jul.2017

                                            Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Knight lab, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA,

EDUCATION


Sep.2010- Jun.2014

PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London (UCL), UK

-Supervisor: Prof. Emrah Duzel, Advisor: Prof. Will Penny

Thesis Title: Decoding oscillatory representations of visual stimuli in episodic memory and working memory


Sep.2008- Sep.2009  

MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience, UCL, UK 

Dissertation title: Associative recognition memory and contextual memory reinstatement.


Sep.2007

Summer School of Spike Trains to Actions: Brain Basis of Behaviour: Borsellino College, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy

Sep.2003- Jul.2007    

BSc in Computer Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Graduate Course: Bio-inspired Computing 

Sep.1999- Jul.2003  


 

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Publications:

In Preparation

  • Jafarpour A., Knight R.T., Collins A.G.E. (in prep.)  What cognitive capacities predict individual differences in event perception?
  • Jafarpour A., Lin J.J., Knight R.T. (in prep.) Right and left hippocampus differentially contributes to retrieval of events' temporal distance.

Submitted

  • Jafarpour A., Griffin, S., Lin J.J., Knight R.T. (submitted) Orbitofrontal cortex, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus represent the magnitude of event saliency, bioRxiv
Published
  • Jafarpour A., Penny W.D., Gareth B., Knight R.T., Duzel E. (2017) Working memory replay prioritizes weakly attended events, eNeuro ENEURO.0171-17.2017
  • Jafarpour A., Piai V., Lin J.J., Knight R.T. (2017) Hippocampal per-activation predicts behavior, Scientific Reports 7, 5959
  • Jafarpour A., Spiers H. (2017) Familiarity expands space and contracts time, Hippocampus 27:12–16
  • Jafarpour A., Fuentemilla L., Horner A.J., Penny W.D., Duzel E. (2014) Replay of very early encoding representations during recollection, Journal of Neuroscience 34(1): 242-248;
  • Jafarpour A., Barnes G., Fuentemilla L., Duzel E., Penny W.D. (2013) Population level inference for multivariate MEG analysis, PLOS One 
  • Jafarpour A.*, Horner A.J.*, Fuentemilla L., Penny W.D., Duzel E. (2013) Decoding the temporal dynamics of memory replay, Neuropsychologia. 51(4): 772–780 * joint first authorship

Media Coverage:

  • NY magazine (Oct 27, 2016) Here Is a New and Very Complicated Excuse for Why You're Always Late, by Melissa Dahl

Invited talks:

  1. School of Cognitive Science, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM) (Feb. 2018, Tehran, Iran) "Hippocampal per-activation predicts behavior", 
  2. BNS Research Seminar, Psychology department, University of Washington, WA, USA, 2017
  3. Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting (Mar. 2017, San Francisco, CA, USA) "Multivariate approaches for neural dynamics: It’s about time" *Symposium,
  4. 13th Annual Bay Area Memory Meeting – BAMM! (Jan. 2017, San Francisco, CA, USA) "Hippocampal per-activation predicts behavior",
  5. University of Washington Buffalo Memory lab (Dec. 2016, Seattle, WA, USA) "Neurophysiology of episodic and working memory in the human brain",
  6. 20th International Conference on Biomagnetism (BIOMAG2016) (Oct. 2016, Seoul, Korea) "Decoding content of working memory using MVPA" as a part of "Decoding the Micro- and Macroscopic Dynamics of Neural Activity" *Symposium,
  7. Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Colloquium, University of California (Apr. 2016, Berkeley, California, USA) "Contribution of prefrontal and medial temporal cortices to event boundary perception",
  8. Bio-Mathematics Group, School of Mathematics, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM) (Jan. 2016, Tehran, Iran) half-a-day Workshop on "Decoding content of episodic memory and working memory",
  9. School of Cognitive Science, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM) (Dec. 2015, Tehran, Iran) "Decoding content of visual working memory",
  10. 12th Annual Bay Area Memory Meeting – BAMM! (Aug. 2015, Davis, California, USA) "Relevant but weakly attended events dominate the content of visual working memory",
  11. 9th Annual MEG U.K. Meeting (Jan. 2015, Birmingham, UK) "Persistent replay of representations of visual stimuli benefits working memory performance",

  12. Computational Memory Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania (Jul. 2014, Philadelphia, USA) "Decoding visual representations in episodic memory retrieval and working memory",
  13. Cognitive Neuroscience Research Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley (Apr. 2014, Berkeley, USA) "Decoding visual representations in episodic memory retrieval and working memory",
  14. 7th Annual MEG U.K. Meeting (Jan. 2013, Cambridge, UK) "Population level inference on dimensionality for multivariate MEG studies",
  15. 7th Annual MEG U.K. Meeting (Jan. 2013, Cambridge, UK) "Replay of representational snapshots during recollection",
  16. Cognition and Brain Plasticity Group, University of Barcelona (Jun. 2012, Barcelona, Spain) “Studying reinstatement of encoded information at retrieval: an MEG based decoding study”,
  17. the Oxford centre for Human Brain Activity, University of Oxford (Mar. 2012, Oxford, UK) “Investigating mechanisms of working memory maintenance and episodic memory encoding using MEG based decoding”,
  18. BACN Annual Meeting (Aug. 2009, London, UK), “Associative recognition memory and contextual memory reinstatement: a combined ERF and pattern classification study”. *Price Winner

Conference abstracts/posters:

  1. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (Nov. 2017, Washington D.C., USA), Jafarpour, A., Piai V., Lin J.J., Knight R.T. "Hippocampal per-activation predicts behavior,
  2. Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting (Mar. 2017, San Francisco, CA, USA) Jafarpour A., Griffin, S., Lin J.J., Knight R.T. "Dynamics of hippocampal-prefrontal cortex interactions supporting event segmentation",
  3. 13th Annual Bay Area Memory Meeting – BAMM! (Jan. 2017, San Francisco, California, USA) Jafarpour A., Piai V., Lin J.J., Knight R.T. "Hippocampal per-activation predicts behavior",
  4. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (Nov. 2016, San Diego, USA), Jafarpour, A., Lin J.J., Knight R.T. "Neural dynamics of event segmentation: evidence from intracranial recording",
  5. 12th Annual Bay Area Memory Meeting – BAMM! (Aug. 2015, Davis, California, USA) Jafarpour A., Penny W.D., Gareth B., Knight R.T., Duzel E."Relevant but weakly attended events dominate the content of visual working memory",
  6. UK MEG Annual Meeting (Jan. 2015, Birmingham, UK), Jafarpour, A., Barnes, G., Penny, W., and Duzel, E. "Replay of categorical representation of visual stimuli during working memory maintenance",
  7. UK MEG Annual Meeting (Jan. 2014, Nottingham, UK), Jafarpour, A., Barnes, G., Penny, W., and Duzel, E. "Decoding content of working memory",
  8. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (Nov. 2013, San Diego, USA), Jafarpour, A., Barnes, G., Penny, W., and Duzel, E. "Decoding content of working memory",
  9. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (Nov. 2013, San Diego, USA), Kurth-nelson, Z., Penny, W., Huys, Q., Guitart-Masip, M., Jafarpour, A., Hassabis, D., Barnes, G., Dolan, R. J., and Dayan, P. "Decoding future state representations during planning",
  10. The British Neuroscience Association's Biennial Meeting, (Apr. 2013, London, UK), Jafarpour, A., Barnes, G., Penny, W., Fuentemilla, L., and Duzel, E. "Population level inference for multivariate MEG analysis",
  11. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (Sep. 2012, New Orleans, USA), Jafarpour, A., Barnes, G., Penny, W., Fuentemilla, L., and Duzel, E. "Categorizing faces and scenes in source space on the basis of oscillations",
  12. 18th International conference on biomagnetism-Biomag 2012 (Aug. 2012, Paris, France), Jafarpour, A., Barnes, G., Penny, W., Fuentemilla, L., and Duzel, E. “Group-level inference of multivariate analysis in source space",
  13. UK MEG Annual Meeting (Jan. 2012, London, UK), Jafarpour, A., Fuentemilla, L., Horner, A.J., Penny, W. and Duzel, E.   “Correlations of early and later feature representations during encoding with source memory: an MEG based decoding study”,
  14. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (Nov. 2009, Chicago, USA), Fuentemilla, L., Penny, W., Jafarpour, A., Bunzeck. N., and Duzel, E.  "Neural reactivation of context-specific information during associative memory",
  15. ICN poster presentation (Jun. 2009, London, UK), Jafarpour, A., Fuentemilla, L., Penny, W, Bunzeck, N., and Duzel, E., “Associative recognition memory and contextual memory reinstatement: a combined ERF and pattern classification study”,
  16. 39th Annual General Meeting European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS) (Sep. 2007, Trieste, Italy), Jafarpour, A. , Akrami, A., Treves, A. “Modelling of Artificial Grammar Extraction using Neural Networks”

 

WORK EXPERIENCES

Research:


Feb.2015- Present

                                            Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Knightlab, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA,

Jul.2014- Feb.2015        

Honorary Research Associate, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, London, UK,

Mar.2014- Feb.2015       

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia Research (IKND), Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany, Supervisor: Prof. Emrah Duzel


Mar.2011- Feb.2014       

Research Assistant, Institute of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia Research (IKND), Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany, Supervisor: Prof. Emrah Duzel


Jan. 2010- Sep. 2010  

Researcher, School of Cognitive Sciences, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Iran

Project: Face and Object recognition in Autistic Children: whole versus parts.

Supervisor: Prof. Hossein Esteky, Collaborators: Dr. A Khorrami, and Dr. M Tehranidoost.


Jun.2006- Sep. 2006    

Research Trainee, Liminar Investigations in Memory and Brain Organization Lab, SISSA, Italy,

Supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Treves.

Teaching:


Sep.2010-Apr.2012      

Demonstrator, “First Year Psychology Labs” - Course director: Prof. Nilli Lavie, Psychology department, UCL, UK


Sep.2009-Feb.2012     

Seminar Leader, “Psychology General Foundations” - Lecturer: by Dr. Simon Green, Psychology department, Birkbeck University of London, UK,


Dec.2008-Jun.2009     

Teaching Assistant, “Statistic and Research Method” - Lecturer: by Dr. Fred Dick, Psychology department, Birkbeck University of London, UK,

Jan.2007-Jul.2007       

Teaching Assistant, “Stochastic processes” - Lecturer: by Prof. Hamid Pezeshk, College of Science, University of Tehran, Iran,

Sep.2003-Sep.2004     

Tutoring younger students at NODET schools, Iran (12-18 years old).

Art-Science Interaction:


May.2017
                    Exhibition of a piece on Epileptic neural activity, titled as: "Beauty and the beast", Art Neureau 2017 @ Fremont Abbey Arts,
Seattle, WA, USA,
Dec.2014
Exhibition of an image from Jafarpour and Spiers; as a part of ‘Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research Competition 2014/15’ at the South Cloisters Gallery, Wilkins Building (main UCL), London, UK,

Nov.2014
Organizer of an art-science interaction event: the event included an exhibition of sketch maps, poetry reading, and talks. It was about on a project where I asked participants to draw sketched maps for investigating behavioural impact of knowledge on representation of space and travel-time estimations. Specifically participants drew a map of Bloomsbury, where they had been living. This project was supported by Dr Hugo Spiers from UCL whose research is on spatial memory and cognition. The event held at the Goodenough College, London, UK,

Public Engagement/Outreach:

Mar. 2018    Demonstrating "Mirror Drawing" at the "Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Open House", the University of Washington, Seattle, USA,

Jan. 2016    Lecture on "What is Episodic Memory and how do we remember?", IranMehr Hospital, Tehran, Iran

Jun.2015    Discussing "Memory in the brain" at the "Mind and Brain Day", Roosevelt Middle School for 6th grade students, Oakland, California, USA, 

Jul.2014    Lecturer for a talk on “Memory and Navigation” as a part of a series of public engagement talks in Persian, UCL, London, UK,

Jul.2012    Scientific demonstrator for the “Laughing Brain” project, the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2012, London, UK.

Reviews for journals:

Journal of Neuroscience, PNAS, EJN, NeuroImage, Nature Scientific Reports, Journal of Neurophysiology, Frontiers Human Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Brain Topography, PLOS one, Cerebral Cortex

Others:


Jul.2014                   

Workshop Leader and Poster Judge, 4th IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School (jointly organised and run by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the UCL), London, UK,


Jul.2012-Sep.2013          

Representative of post-graduate students at the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and


Member of the Postgraduate Peer Group (PPG) organizers committee, UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, UK,


May.2012 and 2013                   

Workshop Tutor, “Statistical Parametric Mapping for MEG/EEG”, London, UK,


Aug.2007-Aug.2008     

Informatics Technician, Dayvar International Commercial Services Co., Iran,


Mar.2005-Apr.2007        

Organizer and Workshop Tutor, 3 annual “NODET National Neuroscience Workshops”, Iran.


Top

High school diploma in Mathematics and Physics, National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET), Farzanegan Tehran High School, Tehran, Iran

 

HONORS AND AWARDS


UCL Graduate School Studentship (2012) the stipend funding,


UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences Award (2012) for the tuition fees,


Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grant (2011) for attending the course in Toolkit of Cognitive Neuroscience in Donders Institute, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (BACN) Bursary, (2009), for participating in the BACN 2009 annual meeting and Conference, UK,


The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Travel Grant, (2004 and 2007) for participating in summer schools, Italy,


ICTP Participation Bursary, (2007) for attending 39th Annual General Meeting: European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS), Italy,


International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) Research Training Fellowship, (2006) (one of two available fellowships), Cognitive Neuroscience Sector, SISSA, Italy



Membership

  • Society of Neuroscience
  • Society of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Helen Wills Neuroscience Inistitute, UC Berkeley
  • Berkeley Institute for Data Science

References

Prof. Robert T. Knight

Prof. Emrah Duzel

Prof. Will Penny

Prof. Gareth Barnes


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