Natalia Fernandez, Dr.

Natalia Fernandez

Natalia Fernandez
Post-Doc
Tel.: +41 44 635 72 49
natalia.fernandezclares@uzh.ch
Büro: BIN 3.B.23

 

 

Research interest

Curriculum vitae

Education

03/2013 – 12/2017

Doctoral studies in cognitive and affective neuroscience
University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland); 
Research group: “Laboratory for Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition (LabNIC)”
Supervisor: Prof. Patrik Vuilleumier

09/2009 – 03/2011

Master of Science in Medical Biology, specialisation in Neuroscience
University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

09/2006 – 07/2009

Bachelor of Science in Biology
University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Scientific Experience

Since 03/2019  Postdoctoral Researcher 
University of Zürich, Zürich (Switzerland)
Research Group: “Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience”; PI: Prof. Sascha Frühholz

02/2018 – 12/2018

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Geneva, Campus Biotech, Geneva (Switzerland)
Research Group: “Laboratory for Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition” (LabNIC); PI: Prof. Patrik Vuilleumier

03/2016 – 03/2017

Exchange PhD Student (SNSF Doc.Mobility Grant)
Université de Montréal, Montreal (Canada)
BRAMS – International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research; PI: Prof. Isabelle Peretz

03/2013 – 12/2017

PhD Student
University of Geneva, Campus Biotech, Geneva (Switzerland)
Research Group: “Laboratory for Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition” (LabNIC); PI: Prof. Patrik Vuilleumier
PhD thesis title: “From cognition to gait: The crucial role of attention across the lifespan and the power of music exposure as a rehabilitation tool.”
03/2012 – 12/2012    

Research assistant
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Brain Mind Institute, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Research Group: “Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience” (LNCO); PI: Prof. Olaf Blank

01/2010 – 02/2012

Master student and Research assistant
Psychiatric Hospital of Cery, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, Prilly (Switzerland)
PI: Dr. Geneviève Leuba
Master thesis Title: “Alzheimer’s disease and cerebral aging: identification of pathological biomarkers in the human cerebral cortex.”

09/2009 – 12/2009

Master student
Psychiatric Hospital of Cery, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, Prilly (Switzerland)
PI: Prof. Françoise Schenk

Publications

Fernandez N.B., Hars M., Trombetti A., & Vuilleumier P. (2019) Age‑related changes in attention control and their relationship with gait performance in older adults with high risk of falls. Neuroimage, 189, 551‑559 – Special Issue “Imaging non‑pathological brain aging.

Salomon R., Fernandez N.B., Van Elk M., Vachicouras N., Sabatier F., Tychinskaya A. & Blanke O. (2016) Changing motor perception by sensorimotor conflicts and body ownership. Scientific reports, 6, 25847.

Leuba G., Vernay A., Kraftsik R., Joray S., Fernandez N.B., Volonakis T., & Savioz A. (2012) NMDA receptor and PSD-95 expression in Alzheimer's disease play a role in postsynaptic alterations of frontal and cingulate cortex related to some clinical scores. Alzheimer's & Dementia, 8, 4

Leuba G., Volonakis T., Fernandez N.B, Joray.S, Vernay A., Kraftsik R. & Savioz A. (2011) Postsynaptic protein PSD-95 expression is correlated to clinical indexes in the anterior cingulate and frontal cortex of Alzheimer's disease cases. Alzheimer's & Dementia, 7, 4