PI BIO



Elizabeth B. Torres

 Education

  • B.S., San Jose State University, Mathematics/Computer Science, 1994
  • Ph.D., University of California San Diego, Cognitive Science, 2001


Positions

  • Research Assistant, Cognition and Personality Division, NIA-NIH, 1994-1995
  • Sloan-Swartz Fellow, Computational Systems Neuroscience, CALTECH, 2001-2004
  • Della-Martin Fellow, Electro-physiology, CALTECH, 2004-2007
  • Research Associate Computational Systems Neuroscience, CALTECH, 2007-2008
  • Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Joint appointment in Psychology, Computer Science, Cognitive Science 2008-present

  • Adjunct Professor, Indiana University Medical School at Indianapolis

Movement Disorders, Neurology 2010-present

 Awards

  • Minority Access to Research and Careers (MARC), San Jose State University (1992)

http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/more/wherenow/

  • Intramural Research and Training Award (Pre-IRTA), the NIA/NIH (1994)
  • Pre-doctoral (NIH 5F31NS010109-03, $172,540.00) at Cognitive Science, UCSD (1996-2001)
“Computer Modeling of Neural Basis of Mental Operations”      http://report.nih.gov/award/state/fy1998.californ.txt
  • Travel Award Minnesota Vision for Reach and Grasp Conference (1997)
  • Travel Award Neural Control of Movement Society (1998)
  • Sloan-Swartz Fellowship at CALTECH (2001-2004)
  • Della Martin Fellowship at CALTECH (2004-2007)
  • Alpha-Omega Prize Computational Motor Control Workshop, Ben Gurion University (2005)

http://www.bgu.ac.il/~akarniel/CMCW/cmcw2005/cmcwbook.pdf

  • Neuroscience Scholar Fellowship, Society for Neuroscience (2005-2007)
  • Academic Excellence Award, Rutgers University (2009-2011)

 

Current Funding

  • Rutgers Psychology Start Up Funds (2008) 
  • Academic Excellence Fund Award from Rutgers (2009-2011)
  • Cyber Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI-Type I) (PI), (co-PI D. Metaxas)           
            -A Novel Quantitative Framework to Study Lack of Social Interactions in Autism
            -NSF-ARRA grant (2009-2012)
  • The New Jersey Governor's Council Award for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism (co-PI)
            -Perceptual-motor anticipation in individuals with ASD (2010-2012)

 

  Publications (Peer reviewed)


  • Nguyen J,  Papathomas TV, Ravaliya J, Torres EB (2013). Methods to explore the influence of top-down visual processes on motor behavior. JoVE, (in press).

  • Torres EB, Isenshower RW, Yanovich P, Rehrig G, Stigler KA, Nurnberger JI, Metaxas DN, Jose JV (2013). Strategies to develop putative biomarkers to characterize the female phenotype with autism spectrum disorders. The Journal of Neurophysiology, (in press).

    • Torres EB (2013). The rates of change of stochastic trajectories of acceleration variability are a good predictor of normal aging and of the stage of Parkinson's disease. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7:50.

    • Torres EB, Yanovich P, Metaxas DN. (2013). Give spontaneity and self-discovery a chance in ASD: Spontaneous peripheral limb variability as a proxy to evoke centrally driven intentional acts. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7:46.

    • Yanovich P, Isenhower RW, Sage J, Torres EB. (2013). Spatial orientation priming impedes rather than facilitates spontaneous control of hand-retraction speeds in patients with Parkinson's disease. PLoS One, 8(7).

      • Torres EB, Quian-Quiroga R, Cui H, Buneo C. (2013). Neural correlates of learning and trajectory planning in the posterior parietal cortex. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7:39.

      • Torres EB, Brincker M, Isenhower RW, Yanovich P, Stigler KA, Nurnberger JI, Metaxas DN, Jose JV (2013). Autism: The Micro-movement Perspective. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7:32

      • Brincker, M., Torres, E.B.,  (2013). Noise from the periphery in autism. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7:34

      • Hong SL, Isenhower RW, Jose JV, Torres EB,(2013) "Cognitive load results in motor overflow in essential tremor" Neurocase, 
        DOI:
        10.1080/13554794.2013.791859

      • Torres EB (2013) "Signatures of Movement Variability Anticipate Hand Speed According to Levels of Intent" Journal of Behavioral Brain Functions 9:10


      • Torres EB, (2011) "Atypical signatures of motor variability found in an individual with ASD" (Neurocase -in press)


      • Torres EB, Heilman KM, Poizner H (2011) “Impaired endogenously-evoked automated reaching in Parkinson’s disease” J of Neuroscience, 31(49):17848-17863

      • Torres EB (2011) "Two classes of movements in motor control" Experimental Brain Research, 215:269-283

      • Torres EB, Raymer A, Rothi LG, Heilman KM, Poizner H (2010) “ Sensory-spatial transformations in the Left Posterior Parietal Cortex may contribute to reach timing” Journal of Neurophysiology, 104:2375-2388

      • Torres EB, (2010) “New symmetry of intended curved reaches” Journal of Behavioral Brain Functions 6:21

      • Torres EB, Ganguly K, José JV, Carmena JM (2008) “From multiple neural cortical networks to motor mechanical behavior: the importance of inherent learning over separable space-time length scales” BMC Neuroscience, 9 (Suppl 1):p70

      • Torres EB, Andersen R, (2006) “Space-time separation during obstacle-avoidance learning in monkeys” Journal of Neurophysiology 96: 2613-2632

      • Torres EB, Zipser D (2004) “Simultaneous control of hand displacements and rotations in orientation-matching experiments” Journal of Applied Physiology 96: 1978-1987

      Selected for commentary in Highlighted Topic “Neural Control of Movement”

      http://www.vis.caltech.edu/~etorres/Commentary.pdf

      • Torres EB, Zipser D (2002) “Reaching to grasp with a multi-jointed arm (I): A computational model” Journal of Neurophysiology 88: 2355-2387
      Thesis
      • Theoretical Framework to Study Sensory-Motor integration, Cognitive Science UCSD

      Book Chapter

      •  Zipser D, Torres EB (2007) “Computing movement geometry: a step in sensory-motor transformations” Computational Neuroscience. Progress in Brain Research

      P. Cisek (Editor) Elsevier


      Contributed Talks, Colloquia and Presentations


      2014

      Pasadena (Autism Conference, Keynote March 21-22)

      2013

      Upcoming: Children's Sp Hosp (Sept 3), RWJMS (Oct 9), NYU (Oct 31), San Diego (Nov 7), CUNY (Dec 6)


      • Torres E.B. "Autism: The Micromovement Perspective", Children's Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ (hosted by Michael Dribbon)
      • Torres E.B. "Give spontaneity and self-discovery a chance in ASD"Summer Workshop 2013 Cal State San Marcos (Keynote Speaker)

        • Torres E.B. "Bridging Cognition and Action through the Re-afferent Kinesthetic Percept", Brown University (Hosted by Joo-Hyun Song)
        • Torres E.B. "Novel Diagnostic Tool to Quantify Signatures of Movement in Subjects with Neurological Disorders, Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders" Johnson & Johnson, Titusville Campus, New Jersey (Hosted by Eric Yang)
        • Torres E.B. "Movement as a Kinesthetic Percept: Potential Uses in Clinical and Sports ApplicationsSarnoff-SRI Corporation, Princeton Branch (Hosted by Ajay Divakaran)


        2012


        • Torres E.B. "Transforming the Diagnostic Criteria in Autism Spectrum DisordersCUNY Graduate Center (Hosted by David Rosenthal)

          • Torres E.B. "Update on AutismUMDNJ (Hosted by the Rutgers Health Center)

          • Torres E.B. "Autism: A Different ViewSan Diego Neuroscience Institute (Hosted by David Edelman)


          2011


          • Torres E.B. "Statistical metric objectively classifies children with Autism Spectrum Disorders far apart from typically developing peers" Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University (Hosted by Stewart Mostofsky)

          • Torres E.B. "Two classes of movements in motor control" UCSD Institute for Neural Computation (hosted by Howard Poizner)

            • José J.V., Isenhower R.W, Torres E.B. (SFN 2011) "Statistics of motor variability used as a classification tool for spectral disorders: Application to Autism and Parkinson's disease" (nanosymposium)

              • Isenhower R.W., Metaxas D.N., Torres E.B. (SFN 2011) "Physical metrics of fluency training and task complexity in natural movements of young children with ASD measure learning in the classroom environment"

              • Torres E.B. Isenhower R.W., Metaxas D.N., Jose J.V. Cell Symposium (AUTI11) "Movement variability as an objective classification tool for Autism Spectrum Disorders"

              • Isenhower R.W., Metaxas D.N., Jose J.V., Torres E.B.  Cell Symposium (AUTI11) "Adapting movement variability in a virtual environment to increase kinesthetic sensing in ASD"

              • Torres E.B, Kenneth M Heilman, Howard Poizner, Neural Control of Movement (NCM) "Larger impairment of endogenously-evoked automated than exogenously-evoked intended reaching modes in patients with Parkinson’s disease"

              • Isenhower RW, Torres E.B  , International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) "The balance between intended and spontaneous modes of movement is atypical in young children with ASD"

              • Torres E.B  , International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) "Atypical patterns of motor coordination in ASD individual learning to perform martial arts routines"

                2010

                • Torres E.B, C.A. Buneo, Richard A. Andersen, Vision Science Society (VSS) Coding of curved hand paths in the Posterior Parietal Cortex
                • Torres EB, "Geometric characterization of sensory-motor integration: predictions, empirical results and clinical applications " Indiana University at Bloomington, Department of Psychology – (Hosted by Linda Smith)
                • Torres EB, "Funneling attention in automated behavior" University of California, San Diego, Institute for Neural Computation – (Hosted by Howard Poizner) 
                • Uri Yarmush, Torres, E.B  Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Moving in and out of autopilot mode: alternating attentional control strategy for synchronous multi-limb motions (Poster)
                • Torres, E.B., Ganguly, K., Jose, J.V., Carmena, J.M. Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Directional and temporal selectivity in motor cortex (Nano-symposium)

                2008      

                • Jose JV, Torres EB, Ganguli K, Carmena JM, “MI suppressing role across hemispheres in self- vs. instructed initiation of reaches during force-field learning” Society for Neuroscience (Slide) Washington DC.
                • Torres EB, Buneo CA, Cui H, Andersen RA, “Circuit structure of the Parietal Reach Region is linked to temporal dynamics learning”Society for Neuroscience (Slide) Washington DC.
                • Torres EB, Andersen R, “Parietal Reach Region Cell Classes have complementary planning responses”COSYNE (Contributed Talk) Salt Lake City.
                • Torres EB,  “Time from space: A system that simulates itself”College de France – (Hosted by Alain Berthoz).
                • Torres EB,  “Computing time from space in the Primate Posterior Parietal Cortex”Duke University – Psychology – Neuroscience, – (Hosted by Henry Yin).
                • Torres EB, “Internal Models in Sensory-Motor Integration”,University of Texas San Antonio, Department of Biology – (Hosted by Nichole Wicha)
                • Torres EB,  “Self Supervision in the Representational Cortex”Wellesley College – Neuroscience, – (February 18th, 2008, Hosted by Barbara Beltz)
                • Invited Workshop “The cortical micro-circuit and cognitive function” (Lecturer), Computational Neural Systems (COSYNE, March 4th, 2008)

                http://www.cosyne.org/wiki/Cosyne08_The_cortical_microcircuit_and_cognitive_function

                • Invited Workshop “Movement into Actions” (Lecturer), Space and time decoupling for voluntary action planning, Gulbenkian Institute, Portugal (March 25th, 2008) 

                http://www.igc.gulbenkian.pt/events/seminar/9161/abstract

                2007      

                •  Torres EB,Dynamics without movement

                Northwestern University, Engineering and Applied Mathematics, – (February 19th, 2007, hosted by Sarah Solla).

                http://www.esam.northwestern.edu/events/

                • Torres EB,Movement Representation in the injured brain

                Northwestern University, Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, – February 20th, 2007, hosted by Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi).

                • Torres EB, Three building blocks of the mind to autonomously control the body

                IBM-Research, San Jose – (July 25th, 2007, Hosted by Dharmendra S. Modha)

                http://p9.hostingprod.com/@modha.org/blog/2007/07/elizabeth_torres_three_buildin.html

                • Torres EB, Postural information in visually responsive cells of the Posterior Parietal Cortex

                UC Berkeley – (July 23rd, 2007, Hosted by Jose M. Carmena)

                 

                2006      

                •  Torres EB, A Geometric Model of Motion Control.

                The Weizmann Institute, Israel (June 19th 2003, hosted by Tamar Flash),

                http://www.wisdom.weizmann.ac.il/~vision/seminar/June19-2003.txt

                • Torres EB, Geometric Planning in the Posterior Parietal Cortex: Learning Time from Space

                Calit2-UCSD The Inaugural Lecture (May 17th 2006, hosted by Javier Movellan)

                http://www.calit2.net/events/popup.php?id=807

                http://inc2.ucsd.edu/inc-calit2seminars.html

                2005

                •  Torres EB, Buneo, C.A., Andersen R., “Parietal Reach Region Cell Classes have complementary planning responses”

                COSYNE (Computational Neural Systems, Contributed Talk) Salt Lake City.

                 

                Synergistic Activities

                Teaching

                 Sensation and Perception (Lecturer), Psychology Core Course, Rutgers University, 2009-2011

                 Neural Coding (co-teach), Graduate Seminar, Rutgers University, (Spring 2011)

                 Integrative Methods in Perceptual Science, (Fall 2012)

                 Principles of Computational Neuroscience (Lecturer), Cognitive Science Core Course, UCSD (1997-2000)

                Reviewer

                •  Associate Editor Frontiers Integrative Neuroscience 2010
                • Computational Neuroscience (Robust Intelligence Cluster) NSF Panel 2007
                • Collaborative Research in Computational Neural Systems (CRCNS) NSF Panel 2006
                • Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2005

                Ad Hoc Reviewer

                 Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Vision, Experimental Brain Research, Neurocomputing, Neuro Report, Neural Computation


                Memberships

                 Society for Neuroscience (SFN)

                Vision Science Society (VSS)

                Neural Control of Movement (NCM)

                Society for Mathematical Psychology (SMP)


                Collaborators (in the past 48 months)

                Howard Poizner, (Motor Disorders) UCSD

                Kenneth Heilman, (Neurology) University of Florida

                Dimitris Metaxas, (Computer Science) Rutgers University

                Jorge V José, (Physics, Physiology and Biophysics) Indiana University

                Sandra Harris, (Rutgers-Douglass Developmental Disability Center)

                Jacob Sage, (Robert Wood Johnson, Movement Disorders Center)

                Eileen Kowler (Psychology, Associate Dean) Rutgers University

                Maggie Shifar (Psychology) Rutgers University


                Other Affiliations

                Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisers

                 David Zipser; Dept. of Cognitive Science, UCSD; Graduate Adviser

                Richard Andersen; Biology Division; CALTECH; Postdoctoral Adviser

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