Victoria M Bajo Lorenzana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford University. She obtained her MD/PhD at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Her research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms supporting auditory attention, complex stimulus representation and its modification based on experience.
Her work on how the cortical descending pathways mediate auditory plasticity (Bajo et al. Nature Neurosci 13:253-60, 2010) provided the first behavioural evidence for the function of a specific pathway in binaural adaptation. Her study published in the Journal of Neuroscience (Leach et al., 2013) remarks the fundamental role of cholinergic neuromodulation in auditory perception.
The neural circuits responsible for auditory plasticity are likely to be involved in the generation of subjective tinnitus. One of her interests is to identify and be able to manipulate those circuits that contribute to tinnitus using optogenetic methods.