Jesus J. Ballesteros, Dr.


Ruhr-University Bochum
Faculty of Psychology

Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience
Neural Basis of Learning
Universitätsstr. 150, GA 04/253
44801 Bochum, Germany

phone: +49 (0)234 32 24093

short CV

2017-2022: Postdoctoral Affiliated, Miller Lab. Picower Institute, MIT. Cambridge.

2017-2022: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Anesthesia and Critical Care. Massachusetts General Hospital, HMS. Boston.

2015-2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, Learning and Memory Lab. Ruhr University Bochum.

2015: PhD, Neuroscience. Autonomous University of Madrid.

2012: MSc, Neuroscience. Autonomous University of Madrid.

2010: BSc, Biology. Complutense University of Madrid.

1985: Born in Toledo, Spain.


Ishizawa, Y. and Ballesteros, JJ. A longing for flawless awakening from general anesthesia. J Biomed Res 3 (1), 3-5.

Ballesteros, JJ., Briscoe, J. and Ishizawa, Y. “Neural signatures of α2 adrenergic agonist-induced unconsciousness and awakening by antagonist”. eLife. 2020.

Ballesteros, JJ., Huang, P., Patel, SR., Eskandar, EN. and Ishizawa, Y. “Dynamics of ketamine-induced loss and return of consciousness across primate neocortex”. Anesthesiology. 2020.

Patel, SR., Ballesteros, JJ., Ahmed, OJ., Huang, P., Briscoe, J., Eskandar, EN. and Ishizawa, Y. “Dynamics of recovery from anesthesia-induced unconsciousness across primate neocortex”. Brain. 2020.

Giralt, A., Brito, V., Pardo, M., Rubio, SE., Marion-Poll, L., Martín-Ibáñez, R., Zamora-Moratalla, A., Bosch, C., Ballesteros, JJ., Blasco, E., García-Torralba, A., Pascual, M., Pumarola, M., Alberch, J., Ginés, S., Martín, ED., Segovia, J., Soriano, E. and Canals, JM. “Helios modulates the maturation of a CA1 neuronal subpopulation required for spatial memory formation”. Experimental Neurology, 2019.

Saavedra, A., Ballesteros, JJ., Tyebji, S., Martínez-Torres, S., López-Hidalgo, R., Azkona, G., Alberch, J., Martín, ED. and Pérez-Navarro, E. “Proteolytic degradation of hippocampal STEP61 in LTP and learning”. Molecular Neurobiology, 2019.

Perea, G., Gómez, R., Mederos, S., Covelo, A., Ballesteros, JJ., Schlosser, L., Hernández-Vivanco, A., Martín-Fernández, M., Quintana, R., Rayan, A., Díez, A., Fuenzalida, M., Agarwal, A., Bergles, DE., Bettler, B., Manahan-Vaughan, D., Martín, ED., Kirchhoff, F. and Araque, A. “Activity-dependent switch of GABAergic inhibition into glutamatergic excitation in astrocyte-neuron networks”. Elife, 2016.

Ballesteros, JJ., Buschler, A., Köhr, G. and Manahan-Vaughan, D. “Afferent Input Selects NMDA Receptor Subtype to Determine the Persistency of Hippocampal LTP in Freely Behaving Mice”. Frontiers Synaptic Neuroscience, 2016.

Lao-Peregrín, C.,* Ballesteros, JJ.,* Fernández, M., Zamora-Moratalla, A., Saavedra, A., Gómez Lázaro, M., Pérez-Navarro, E., Burks, D. and Martín, ED. “Caffeine-mediated BDNF release regulates long-term synaptic plasticity through activation of IRS2 signaling”. Addiction Biology, 2016. *Co-authors

Puigdellívol, M., Cherubini, M., Brito, V., Giralt, A., Suelves, N., Ballesteros, JJ., Zamora-Moratalla, A., Martín, ED., Eipper, BA., Alberch, J. and Ginés, S. “A role for Kalirin-7 in corticostriatal synaptic dysfunction in Huntington’s disease”. Human Molecular Genetics, 2015.

Brito, V., Giralt, A., Enriquez-Barreto, L., Puigdellivol, M., Suelves, N., Zamora-Moratalla, A., Ballesteros, JJ., Martin, ED., Dominguez-Iturza, N., Morales, M., Alberch, J. and Gines, S. “Neurotrophin receptor p75NTR mediates Huntington’s disease- associated synaptic and memory dysfunction”. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2014.

Vega-Avelaira, D., Ballesteros, JJ. and López-García JA. “Inflammation-induced hyperalgesia and spinal microglia reactivity in neonatal rats”. European Journal of Pain, 2013.