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Dr. Miguel Valencia Ustárroz

Principal Investigator of the Physiological Control and Monitoring group of the Biomedical Engineering program of the Division of Technological Innovation.
Preferential dedication to Biomedical signal processing, machine learning and health technology development

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Professional career

  • Big Data Specialist Universidad de Navarra 2018
  • PhD Physics and Applied Mathematics Universidad de Navarra 2006
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies Public University of Navarra 2003
  • Telecommunication Engineering (Licenciado) Universidad Pública de Navarra 2001
  • Expert in Biomedical Engineering Public University of Navarra 2001


In 2001 I obtained my Licenciatura (5-years degree) in Telecommunications Engineering from the Public University of Navarra (UPNA). After completing an expert in Biomedical Engineering (UPNA) and finishing the final project in collaboration with the Department of Neurophysiology of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra (CUN), I joined CUN as a trainee researcher financed by the ISCIII. Later I was hired in contract for 6 months at the ICT of the University of Navarra (UN) where I developed analytical methods for medical imaging and electrophysiological data.

In July 2003 I joined the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA) where I participated in the start-up of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory. In 2006 I completed my PhD (cum laude) in Physics and Applied Mathematics (in collaboration with the UN Department of Physics and Applied Mathematics). In May 2007 I obtained a postdoctoral contract financed by the FP6 and I moved to a CNRS laboratory located in Paris where I developed new methods for the study of brain activity. In May 2009 I returned to the CIMA Systems Neuroscience laboratory where I joined as a Junior Researcher. Currently I’m the head of the Physiological Monitoring and Control Lab (former Systems Neuroscience laboratory) and the leader of the consolidated group "Neurophysiology of cerebral rhythms, epilepsy and sleep" at the Health Research Institute of Navarre (IdiSNA).undefined


  • 240400 - Biomathematics
  • 240500 - Biometrics
  • 240600  Biophysics
  • 241100 - Human physiology
  • 249000 -Neurosciences; Neurotechnologies


As an educator

Between 2009 and 2011 I have been assistant professor (profesor asociado) at the UN Faculty of Medicine. In 2011 I obtained ANECA accreditation and was appointed as associate professor (profesor contratado doctor). I have participated as a teacher in 3 UN Masters (responsible for 2 subjects; 1 subject in the Biomedical Research Master and another in the Big Data Science) and collaborate as visiting professor in a Master of the UPO.

I have supervised 5 doctoral theses (5 cum laude, 1 extraordinary award and 4 more in progress), 12 master's projects, 7 final projects and 9 experiences for initiation to research.

As a researcher

In my research projects, I combine neurophysiological studies in humans with experiments in animal models of different neurological diseases (including epilepsy, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and schizophrenia). I have experience in the study and characterization of EEG signals, evoked potentials, intra/postoperative recordings through DBS, fMRI, PET and MEG systems, including the ability to propose, design and implement studies and stimulation paradigms for clinical research. In the experimental field I am able to implement studies in anesthetized and awake rodents (in free movement) including the design, development, commissioning and execution phases, including the possibility of developing specialized analytical tools.

I have participated in 11 national (5IP), 6 regional (5IP) and 3 European projects (1 IP), 2 projects with private foundations (1IP), 7 contracts with companies (7IP) and a teaching innovation project (IP). In 2010 I obtained a Juan de la Cierva contract and in 2016 and 2024 a grant from the Fullbright Comission. I maintain active collaborations with centers in the United Kingdom (Oxford University and Leicester), France (Pierre et Marie Curie University / CNRS / CRICM), USA (Rutgers University) and Switzerland (F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd).

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Indicators of scientific production

  • H-index Web of Science: 28; H-index Scopus: 29; H-index Google Scholar: 35 (28 since 2019)
  • i10-index Google Scholar: 59 (44 since 2019)
  • >85 papers in peer review journals Web of Science (~35 Q1), 2 book chapters
  • Cites Web of Science: 3367; Google Scholar: 5195 (2172 since 2019); Scopus: 3609
  • Citing Patents: 11
  • Scopus Collaboration: 52.6% International collaboration; 5.3% Academic-Corporate collaboration
  • Documents in top citation percentiles (Scopus): 57.9%
  • Documents in top 25% journals (Scopus): 86.5%
  • Documents and Field-Weighted Citation Impact: 1.18
  • Communications to Scientific Meetings : > 120 (22 invited)
  • Meeting and Workshop Organization: 6
  • Acknowledged 6-years CNEAI periods (sexenios): 3 periods (2003-2008, 2009-2014,2015 - 2020)
  • Postdoc supervisor: 1
  • PhD Supervisor: 6 finished, 4 ongoing (6 with honors, 1 first price)
  • MSc Supervisor: 912 (9 A+)
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