After graduating in Physics at the University of Madrid in 2004, Álvaro Tejero-Cantero moved to the University of Munich (LMU) to complete a Masters Thesis (Hons.) on Quantum Entanglement at the Arnold Sommerfield Center for Theoretical Physics. He went on to work for two years as a professional: first at the German Aerospace Centre, where he managed an European FP6 research network and developed forecasts of air traffic for climate models, and later, as a Software Engineer for astronomical metadata at the European Southern Observatory.
For his PhD, started in 2008 at the Computational Neuroscience group of Prof. C. Leibold (Graduate School for Systemic Neuroscience and LMU Munich), he investigated how inhibition and excitation to hippocampal pyramidal cells intertwine during ripples in vitro and extended a theoretical model to assess how feedback inhibition improves the capacity of the brain for sequences of memories. Álvaro joins the group of Dr. D. Dupret where he will be studying how circuit dynamics in the hippocampal formation contribute to the processing of mnemonic information.