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Hi, my name is Jordan Juarez and I am a recent graduate of USC, obtaining a B.S. in Neuroscience and a M.S. in Global Medicine. I joined the Image Understanding Laboratory during the Fall of 2013 and was primarily focused on understanding the intricacies of both facial and object recognition.
Remarkably, the brain's visual system is able to process novel images in a fraction of a second. From distinguishing minute metric differences between familiar and unfamiliar faces to maintaining proper mental representations of objects at various orientations and scales, the brain's visual network is able to code a seemingly limitless abundance of scenes at a glance. In particular, I have explored the brain's unique ability to visualize faces through the utilization of large receptive fields that are sensitive to the tiny metric differences that distinguish one face from another.
Excitingly, our lab has implemented this "action at a distance model" to describe the perceptual nature that underlies congenital prosopagnosia. Popularly referred to as "face-blindness" in the media, people with this condition cannot identify individuals on the basis of another's face, sometimes including their very own face in the mirror! Indeed, by exploring both the mechanics of facial and object recognition, a better understanding of how we can get mind from brain can be properly understood.
That said, I am a current lab member of nephrologist Nuria Maria Pastor-Soler MD, PhD at the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center. Integrating both immunological and immunofluorescence methodologies, my new lab is primarily focused on investigating renal diseases including Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
Starting August of 2018, I will be joining the lab of nephrologist Prabhleen Singh, MD, MPH at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. There, I hope to further refine my understanding of the renal system.
- Meschke, E., Hacker, C., Juarez, J., Maarek, R., & Biederman, I. Can familiar faces be negatively detected at RSVP rates? Journal of Vision, 17, 2017, 1027-1027. doi: 10.1167/17.10.1027. [Abstract]
- Herald, S. B., Shah, M. P., Xu, X., Biederman, I., Juarez, J. J. (2015). A neurocomputational account of the magnitude of face composite effects. Journal of Vision. 15(12), 419. [Abstract]
- Pham, J., Juarez, J., Mancino, V., Saitta, B., Omi, K., Bhalla, V., & Pastor-Soler, N. (2018). Characterization of the effects of a vacuolar H+-ATPase mutation linked to distal renal tubular acidosis. Presented at the Epithelial Physiology and Cell Biology Workshop held in Telluride, Colorado.
- Juarez, J.J., Wayman, C., Omi, K., Ortega, D., Li, H., Mancino, V., Yin-Ho, P., Saitta, B., Hallows, K. R., and Pastor-Soler, N.(2017). Role of the metabolic sensor AMP-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) in the regulation of Sox9, a marker of kidney progenitor-like cells.
- Biederman, I., Margalit, E., Maarek, R.S., Meschke, E.X., Shilowich, B.S., Hacker, C. M., Juarez, J.J., Seamans, T. J., & Herald, S.B. (2017). What is the Nature of the Perceptual Deficit in Congenital Prosopagnosia? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. May. [Poster]
- Meschke, E.X., Hacker, C. M., Juarez, J.J., Maarek, R.S., & Biederman, I. (2017). Detecting Unspecified Familiar Faces. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. May. [Poster]
- Margalit, E., Juarez, J., Herald, S.B., Yue, X., & Biederman, I. (2016). What might be the General Visual Deficit that Underlies Developmental Prosopagnosia? To be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, FL. May.[Poster]
- Herald, S. B., Shah, M. P., Xu, X., Biederman, I., Juarez, J. J. (2015). A neurocomputational account of the magnitude of face composite effects.Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. May. [Poster]
Honors and Awards
2018 Trainee Travel Award
This travel award is supported by the NIH/NIDDK and is intended to achieve greater participation by outstanding junior investigators by defraying the cost of meeting registration, air, lodging, and/or ground travel to the Epithelial Physiology and Cell Biology Workshop at the Telluride Science Research Center.
- USC Dana & David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences Dean's List
- USC Latino Alumni Association Graduate Professional Scholarship
- USC Latino Alumni Association Scholarship
- Beryl J. McManus Memorial Endowed Scholarship
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship
- USC Thornton School of Music University Chorus Award
University of Southern California
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