Professional and academic career
2005 PhD, University of California, San Francisco, USA
1996/1997 BA, MA, Wesleyan University, CT, USA
2010-present Group Leader, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Lisbon, Portugal
2005-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA
Honours and awards
2014 European Research Council Starting Grant
2012-2017 Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Early Career Scientist
2006-2009 Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow
2005 Krevans Distinguished Dissertation Award for the most outstanding PhD thesis at UCSF
General administrative and organisational experience
2014-present Co-organizer, Champalimaud Neuroscience Colloquium series
2011 Chair, Scientific Committee, Inaugural Champalimaud Neuroscience Symposium
We aim to understand how activity is orchestrated within neural circuits to control behavior. We focus on the cerebellum, a brain area that is critical for coordinated motor control and motor learning. The cerebellar circuit is highly organized and consists of identified cell types with known synaptic connectivity. We dissect cerebellar circuit function in mice by using genetic tools to manipulate specific neuronal populations and examining the effects on neural circuit activity and motor output.
- Pritchett D, Carey MR. (2014). A matter of trial and error for motor learning. Trends in Neurosciences 37:465-566.
- Albergaria C, Carey MR. (2014). All Purkinje cells are not created equal. eLife 3:e03285. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.03285
- Carey MR. (2011). Synaptic mechanisms of sensorimotor learning in the cerebellum. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 21:609-615.
- Carey MR, Myoga MH, McDaniels KM, Marsicano G, Lutz B, Mackie K, Regehr WG. (2011). Presynaptic CB1 receptors regulate synaptic plasticity at cerebellar parallel fiber synapses. Journal of Neurophysiology 105:958-963.
- Carey MR, Regehr WG. (2009). Noradrenergic control of associative synaptic plasticity by selective modulation of instructive signals. Neuron 62:112-122.
- Carey MR, Medina JF, Lisberger SG. (2005). Instructive signals for motor learning from visual cortical area MT. Nature Neuroscience 8:813-819.
- Medina JF, Carey MR, Lisberger SG. (2005). The representation of time for motor learning. Neuron 45:157-167.
- Carey MR, Lisberger SG. (2004). Signals that modulate gain control for smooth pursuit eye movements in monkeys. Journal of Neurophysiology 91:623-631.
- Carey M, Lisberger S. (2002). Embarrassed, but not depressed: eye opening lessons for cerebellar learning. Neuron 35:223-226.
- Bodznick D, Montgomery JC, Carey M. (1999). Adaptive mechanisms in the elasmobranch hindbrain. Journal of Experimental Biology 202:1357-1364.