Currently at Neural Basis of Learning Lab, at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)

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Experience with recordings on several in vitro and in vivo models:

  • Rodent hippocampal slices.
  • Rodent head-fixated acute models.
  • Rodent free-moving chronic models.
  • NHPs head-fixated chronic models.

The range of projects I’ve been involved in covers:

  • Non-NMDA hippocampal plasticity mechanisms.
  • NMDA-dependent early/long term potentiation on in vivo models.
  • Anesthesia induction and recovery dynamics on NHPs.

Publication list:

  • Ishizawa, Y. and Ballesteros, JJ. A longing for flawless awakening from general anesthesia. J Biomed Res 3 (1), 3-5.
  • Ballesteros, JJ., Briscoe, J. and Ishizawa, Y. “Neural signatures of α2 adrenergic agonist-induced unconsciousness and awakening by antagonist”. eLife. 2020.
  • Ballesteros, JJ., Huang, P., Patel, SR., Eskandar, EN. and Ishizawa, Y. “Dynamics of ketamine-induced loss and return of consciousness across primate neocortex”. Anesthesiology. 2020.
  • Patel, SR., Ballesteros, JJ., Ahmed, OJ., Huang, P., Briscoe, J., Eskandar, EN. and Ishizawa, Y. “Dynamics of recovery from anesthesia-induced unconsciousness across primate neocortex”. Brain. 2020.
  • Giralt, A., Brito, V., Pardo, M., Rubio, SE., Marion-Poll, L., Martín-Ibáñez, R., Zamora-Moratalla, A., Bosch, C., Ballesteros, JJ., Blasco, E., García-Torralba, A., Pascual, M., Pumarola, M., Alberch, J., Ginés, S., Martín, ED., Segovia, J., Soriano, E. and Canals, JM. “Helios modulates the maturation of a CA1 neuronal subpopulation required for spatial memory formation”. Experimental Neurology, 2019.
  • Saavedra, A., Ballesteros, JJ., Tyebji, S., Martínez-Torres, S., López-Hidalgo, R., Azkona, G., Alberch, J., Martín, ED. and Pérez-Navarro, E. “Proteolytic degradation of hippocampal STEP61 in LTP and learning”. Molecular Neurobiology, 2019.
  • Perea, G., Gómez, R., Mederos, S., Covelo, A., Ballesteros, JJ., Schlosser, L., Hernández-Vivanco, A., Martín-Fernández, M., Quintana, R., Rayan, A., Díez, A., Fuenzalida, M., Agarwal, A., Bergles, DE., Bettler, B., Manahan-Vaughan, D., Martín, ED., Kirchhoff, F. and Araque, A. “Activity-dependent switch of GABAergic inhibition into glutamatergic excitation in astrocyte-neuron networks”. Elife, 2016.
  • Ballesteros, JJ., Buschler, A., Köhr, G. and Manahan-Vaughan, D. “Afferent Input Selects NMDA Receptor Subtype to Determine the Persistency of Hippocampal LTP in Freely Behaving Mice”. Frontiers Synaptic Neuroscience, 2016.
  • Lao-Peregrín, C.,* Ballesteros, JJ.,* Fernández, M., Zamora-Moratalla, A., Saavedra, A., Gómez Lázaro, M., Pérez-Navarro, E., Burks, D. and Martín, ED. “Caffeine-mediated BDNF release regulates long-term synaptic plasticity through activation of IRS2 signaling”. Addiction Biology, 2016. *Co-authors
  • Puigdellívol, M., Cherubini, M., Brito, V., Giralt, A., Suelves, N., Ballesteros, JJ., Zamora-Moratalla, A., Martín, ED., Eipper, BA., Alberch, J. and Ginés, S. “A role for Kalirin-7 in corticostriatal synaptic dysfunction in Huntington’s disease”. Human Molecular Genetics, 2015.
  • Brito, V., Giralt, A., Enriquez-Barreto, L., Puigdellivol, M., Suelves, N., Zamora-Moratalla, A., Ballesteros, JJ., Martin, ED., Dominguez-Iturza, N., Morales, M., Alberch, J. and Gines, S. “Neurotrophin receptor p75NTR mediates Huntington’s disease- associated synaptic and memory dysfunction”. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2014.
  • Vega-Avelaira, D., Ballesteros, JJ. and López-García JA. “Inflammation-induced hyperalgesia and spinal microglia reactivity in neonatal rats”. European Journal of Pain, 2013.