M Carmen Pinon

M Carmen
BSc, PhD Rio de Janeiro
College Lecturer in Psychology


I teach Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience to Psychology and Biomedical Sciences students in the College.

About me

I have a first degree in Psychology and a PhD in Neuroscience.  I was the College Lecturer in Psychology at LMH from 2008 to 2011 and then College Lecturer at Queen's in 2013, in addition to being a College Lecturer at St Catz since 2012. I teach mainly first and second years in Neurophysiology, Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience and Perception.


My initial Research interests were the study of the visual cortex and the anatomical basis for the Blindsight phenomena. For this purpose, I moved to Oxford in 2000 to work with Professor Alan Cowey at the Department of Experimental Psychology.  I then moved to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics to work with Professor Zoltan Molnar on the development of the interactions between thalamus and cortex.  I am now interested in studying how Cognitive functions, more specifically decision making,  can be correlated with the driving situation and motor dysfunctions. For this aim, I started collaborations with Dr Mark Buckley at the Department of Experimental Psychology and Professor Helen Dawes from the Movement lab at Oxford Brookes University.

Main publications

1. Feedforward and feedback connections and their relation to the CytOx modules of V2 in Cebus monkeys Sheila Nascimento-Silva, Maria Carmen Pinõn Juliana G.M. Soares, Aglai P.B. Sousa and Ricardo Gattass Journal of Comparative Neurology, 2013, submitted.

2. Subplate and the Formation of the Earliest Cerebral Cortical Circuits, 2010. Zoltán Molnár, Wei Zhi Wang, Maria Carmen Piñon, Daniel Blakey, Shinichi Kondo, Franziska Oeschger, and Anna Hoerder-Saubedissen. Book Chapter in “New Aspects of Axonal Structure and Function”. Springer Science.

3.  Selective abnormalities in cortical layering and behavioral deficits in the cortex-specific Pax6cKO mice. Tuoc TC, Radyushkin K, Tonchev AB, Piñon MC, Ashery-Padan R, Molnár Z, Davidoff MS, Stoykova A. Journal of Neuroscience, July 1, 2009, 29(26):8335-8349. (Impact factor 8.238)

4.  Dynamic integration of subplate neurons into the cortical barrel field circuitry during postnatal development in the Golli-tau-eGFP (GTE) mouse. Maria Carmen Piñon, Ankeet Jethwa, Erin Jacobs, Anthony Campagnoni and Zoltán Molnár. Jounal of Physiology, April 2009, 587 (9). (Impact factor 4.881)

5.  Specificity and Plasticity of Thalamocortical Connections in Sema6A Mutant Mice Graham E Little, Guillermina López-Bendito, Annette E Rünker, Noelia García, Maria C Piñon, Alain Chédotal, Zoltán Molnár, Kevin J Mitchell. PLBio, April 2009, 28; 7 (4):e98. (Impact factor 14.7)

6.  Dissociation between molecular regionalization and area-specific cortical connectivity in the cortex specific Pax6 knock out mutant. Maria Carmen Piñon, Tran Cong Tuoc, Ruth-Ashery Padan, Zoltán Molnár and Anastassia Stoykova.    Journal Neuroscience, 28(35) 8724-8734. August 27, 2008. (Impact factor 8.238)

7.  David A Keays, Guoling Tian, Karine Poirier, Guo-Jen Huang, Christian Siebold, James Cleak, Peter Oliver, Martin Fray, Robert Harvey, Zoltan Molnar, Maria Carmen Piñon, Neil Dear, Steve D.M. Brown, Nicholas J Rawlins, Kay E Davies, Nick Cowan, Patrick Nolan, Jamel Chelly, Jonathan Flint. Mutations in α-tubulin cause hippocampal defects in mice and lissencephaly in humans. Cell  128, 45-57, Jan 12, 2007 (Impact factor 32.4)

8.    Genes involved in the formation of the earliest cortical circuits.  Zoltán Molnár, Anna Hoerder, Wei Zhi Wang, Jamin De Proto, Kay Davies, Sheena Lee, Ole Paulsen, Maria Carmen Piñon, Amanda F.P. Cheung  2007, Cortical Development: Genes and Genetic Abnormalities. Novartis Foundation      Symposium No. 288: 212-24; discussion 224-9, 276