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Karim Jerbi, PhD
Full Professor
Département de Psychologie
Université de Montréal
Quebec, Canada

Mila (Quebec AI Institute)
UNIQUE Neuro-AI Center
Canadian MEG Consortium


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Karim Jerbi - Curriculum Vitae

Canada Research Chair in Computational Neuroscience
and Cognitive Neuroimaging
Full Professor, Psychology department, University of Montreal
Mila (Quebec AI Institute) Associate professor
Director, Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Lab (CoCo Lab)
Director, UNIQUE Center (Quebec Neuro-AI research center)
Associate Director, Functional Imaging Unit (UNF), CRIUGM, Montreal
Co-Director, Canadian MEG Consortium (CMC)

PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience & Brain Imaging
Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris VI , Paris, France, 2006

Biomedical Engineering Degree (MSc)
Karlsruhe Technical University, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2000

Research Experience

Professor, University of Montreal [May 2014 - Present]
Psychology Department, University of Montreal, QC, CANADA
CRC in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroimaging
Research: Cognition, neuronal oscillations, large-scale network dynamics, complex dynamical systems, magnetoencephaplography, intracranial EEG, machine learning, Brain decoding, brain disorders.

INSERM Research Fellow (PI/CR1) [Jan 2011 - May 2014]
Brain Dynamics and Cognition (DyCog Team)
Lyon Neuorscience Research Center - CRNL
INSERM U1028 / CNRS UMR5292 / University Lyon 1
Research Focus: Brain connectivity, Network Dynamics, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Magnetoencephaplography, Intracranial EEG
Clinical collaborations: Grenoble Neurological Hospital (P. Kahane) & Lyon Neurological Hospital (P. Ryvlin, J. Jung, M. Saoud)

Postdoctoral Fellow at INSERM Lyon, France [Nov 2008 - Dec 2010]
Brain Dynamics and Cognition Laboratory, INSERM U821, Le Vinatier Hospital, Lyon , France. (JP. Lachaux and O. Bertrand)
Exploring neural oscillation networks and long-range Cortico-cortical interactions using non-invasive (MEG & EEG) and invasive (S-EEG) recordings in humans. Applications to basic research and brain-computer interfaces (offline & online analysis).

Postdoctoral Fellow at Collège de France [Jul 2006 - Oct 2008]
Physiology of Action and Perception Laboratory, CNRS, UMR 7152 (Prof. A. Berthoz) & INSERM U821, Lyon, France. (JP. Lachaux and O. Bertrand)
Investigation of brain dynamics and cortical oscillations using MEG and intracerebral recordings. Applications to to oculomotor, decision and attention networks.

Research Assistant at USC, Los Angeles, USA [Oct 2000 - Jul 2001]
Signal & Image Processing Institute (SIPI), University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA.
Research: Functional Brain Imaging & Connectivity using MEG and EEG (Advisor: Prof. R Leahy)

NEUROMAG Ltd (ELEKTA Oy), Helsinki, Finland [Aug 1999 - Nov 1999]
Brain Research Unit / Low temperature laboratory
Helsinki University of Technology (HUT)
Advisors: Dr. M Hämäläinan and Dr. M Kajola.

Karlsruhe Technical University, Germany [Oct 1998 - Aug 1999]
Research Assistant at the Biomedical Engineering Institute (IBT) Implementation of numerical methods for electromagnetic field calculation.

Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, UK [Apr 1998 - Aug 1998]
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Research Project: Image reconstruction algorithms for Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT). Advisors: Prof. W.R.B. Lionheart and Prof. C. McLeod

CRS4, Cagliari, Italy [Nov 1997 - Feb 1998]
Center for Advanced Studies, Research & Development in Sardinia
Biomedical Applications Group (BMA), CRS4 (Advisor: Dr. G. Zanetti)

Education/Academic Degrees

Habilitation / University UCBL Lyon 1 [Dec 2012]
(Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches - HDR)

PhD Program Cognitive Neuroscience [Sept 2001 to June 2006]
Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Imaging Laboratory
Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, CNRS, UPR 640, Paris, France.
Academic affiliation: University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris VI
PhD Thesis: Localization of brain activity and investigation of synchronized neural oscillations with MEG: The case of visuomotor integration in humans.
Advisors: Prof. Line Garnero and Dr. Sylvain Baillet
Collaboration: Dr. JC Mosher and Prof. RM Leahy

Biomedical Engineering Diploma Thesis [Jan 2000 to Aug 2000]
Signal & Image Processing Institute (SIPI), University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Research Project : MEG source localization using multipole expansions.

Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany [Sept 1993 to Oct 2000]
1993-1996 : Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
1996-2000 : Biomedical Engineering (M.S.)
Research Visit (1998) : Oxford Brooks University, Oxford.

University of Hannover, Germany [Sept 1992 to Jul 1993]
Bridging year: Maths, physics, chemistry, computer science and German.

Pioneer School of Ariana, Tunis, Tunisia [Sept 1985 to Jun 1992]
National Baccalaureate (A-levels) : Mathematical sciences

Grants, Fellowships & Awards

► 2022-2028 FRQNT Research Cluster Grant UNIQUE (Quebec Neuro-AI research center / 6yr renewal)
► 2019-2024 Canada Research Chair (CRC) Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroimaging
► 2021-2023 Auditory-motor skill learning and brain plasticity – Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
► 2021-2024 Investigation of decision-making in natural and artificial environments: An interdisciplinary and integrative approach, Provincial Team Grant, FRQNT (Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies) (KJ Co-Applicant, 190,500 CAD)
► 2021-2026 Discovery Grant, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), “Measuring and modeling large-scale electrophysiological brain dynamics: From neural mechanisms to cognitive processes” (KJ PA, Total: 165K CAD)
► 2019-2022 FRQNT Research Cluster Grant UNIQUE (Quebec Neuro-AI research center)
► 2020-2022 Consciousness in the Physical World Grant from the Foundational Questions Institute and the Fetzer Franklin Fund
► 2018-2023 CIHR Project “Role of the insula in refractory epilepsy”
► 2018-2023 HBHL Discovery Fund for Interdisciplinary Research (Collaborator)
► 2018-2020 IVADO Fundamental Research Project Grant / From data-science to brain-science
► 2018-2020 Brain imaging and neuroinformatics research: Québec - China - Cuba FRQNT Program
► 2014-2019 Canada Research Chair (CRC Tier-2) Systems Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroimaging
► 2015-2020 Discovery Grant -(NSERC)
► 2017-2018 New Researcher FRQNT Grant
► 2017-2018 International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility 2017
► 2016 Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program (GPU Supercomputing capacities)(NSERC)
► 2016 Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program (MEG liquefier) (NSERC)
► 2017-2020 CIHR Project (co-applicant)
► 2016-2021 CIHR Project ((co-applicant)
► 2014 Start-up funds (Fonds de démarrage) University of Montreal
► 2012 National Research Agency Mental Health Grant (Co-Investigator)
► 2011 National Research Agency Young Researcher Grant (Co-Investigator)
► 2008 FRM Brain-Computer Interface Grant (Medical Research Foundation)
► 2008 OHBM Travel Award (NIH / OHBM / John Wiley Publishers)
► 2006 Young Investigator Award, ISBET 2006 (Chieti, Italy)
► 2004 Fellowship by Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM, France)
► 2002 Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Fellowship (Germany)
► 2002 Young Investigator Award, BIOMAG 2002 (Jena, Germany)
► 2001 CNRS PhD Fellowship, BDI (France)
► 1992 Scholarship from the German Academic Foreign Services (DAAD)
► 1993 Scholarship from the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education

Review Work for Journals and Funding Bodies
I review for: Science, Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, NeuroImage, Human Brain Mapping, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroscience Letters, PLoS One, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Physics in Medicine and Biology, Behavioral Brain Research, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Brain Topography, Journal of Neural Engineering, International Journal of Psychophysiology, IEEE Trans. Biomedical Engineering, etc. I perform reviews for international funding bodies and I am Review Editor for "Frontiers in Brain Imaging Methods" a specialty section of Frontiers in Neuroscience.

Membership of Learned Societies

► Member of Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
► Member of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
► Member of the FENS (Federation of European Neurosciences Societies)
► Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
► Member of the Société Française des Neurosciences
► Member of Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)


► Fluent in: English, German, French and Arabic
► Intermediate in: Spanish and Italian

Communicating Science

► Lecturer at science & science-fiction festivals (e.g. Les Utopiales)
► Speaker at public science outreach events (Science Fair, Brain Week)
► Numerous interviews for broad-audience magazines
► Appearances on French national radio and TV science programs


Interfacing Art & Neuroscience, Music (electronic & acoustic), Sports, Languages, Photography, Digital media, Graphic Design, Contemporary Art and Writing (fiction & poetry).

Selected publications
KJ Google scholar citation metrics
KJ publication list on PubMed