Imperial College London

DrJuan AlvaroGallego

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Senior Lecturer



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419.ASir Michael Uren HubWhite City Campus





I am a Senior Lecturer (UK equivalent to Associate Professor) at the Department of Bioengineering, where I lead the Behaviour and Neural Dynamics Lab (Be.Neural) Lab, a multidisciplinary team of researchers working at the intersection between systems neuroscience and neural engineering.

My lab primarily focuses on understanding how the brain and the spinal cord learn and control behaviour. Our experiments revolve around questions in motor control, but we also collaborate with researchers investigating other aspects of behaviour. In addition, we are interested in leveraging this knowledge and develop neuroprosthetic technologies that restore movement to people with motor disability, especially Parkinson’s disease, tremor, and paralysis. The team pursues these goals based on a combination of behavioural experiments, high-yield neural recordings, data analysis techniques, and computational models.

Our research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), European Commission Horizon Programme, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and Meta Reality Labs.

For more information about my research, visit the Be.Neural Lab website.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Safaie M, Chang JC, Park J, et al., 2023, Preserved neural dynamics across animals performing similar behaviour, Nature, Vol:623, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:765-771

Gallego-Carracedo C, Perich MG, Chowdhury RH, et al., 2022, Local field potentials reflect cortical population dynamics in a region-specific and frequency-dependent manner., Elife, Vol:11

Gallego JA, Makin TR, McDougle SD, 2022, Going beyond primary motor cortex to improve brain-computer interfaces, Trends in Neurosciences, Vol:45, ISSN:0166-2236

Gallego JA, Perich MG, Chowdhury RH, et al., 2020, Long-term stability of cortical population dynamics underlying consistent behavior, Nature Neuroscience, Vol:23, ISSN:1097-6256, Pages:260-270

Gallego JA, Perich MG, Miller LE, et al., 2017, Neural Manifolds for the Control of Movement, Neuron, Vol:94, ISSN:0896-6273, Pages:978-984

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