Academic CV

Victor Buendía Ruiz-Azuaga

PhD Student

Universidad de Granada

Università degli studi di Parma

Email: vbuendiar at onsager dot ugr dot es

Academic Twitter: @vbuendiar

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Small bio

I studied Physics at the University of Granada, and got interested in statistical physics and its applications. then moved to Mallorca to study the Master in Physics of Complex Systems. Now I'm finishing my PhD studies under the direction of M.A Muñoz at Granada and Raffaella Burioni at Parma, where I'm styuding synchronization properties and its relationship with critical phenomena in the brain. Other research interest are in theoretical ecology, evolutionary theory, music theory, and field theory. I also like a lot talking about science (in general), science fiction, playing videogames, and making music.


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I am currently doing by PhD in a co-tutelle between the universities of Granada (Spain) and Parma (Italy), under the supervision of Miguel Ángel Muñoz and Raffaella Burioni, respectively. I started in November 2017.

I am mainly focused in the study of neuronal models, and in particular, we are working now in the role of inhibitory synapses in the brain.

I studied my Master Degree in the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC), which is affiliated to the University of the Balearic Islands and the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). I obtained a mark of 9.42 over 10, being top of my promotion. I got several honor mentions during the courses.

My Master Thesis was done under the supervision of Manuel Matías (IFISC) and Ricardo Martínez (University of Princeton), proposing and studying a model of bacterial growth mediated by quorum sensing. You can read it here.

I studied a 4-years 240 ECTS degree in Physics at the University of Granada (UGR), obtaining a mark of 8.20 over 10. I also obtained honor mentions in all subjects related to numerical simulation and statistical physics during the degree.

My Final Degree work was done under the supervisision of Elvira Romera and Manuel Calixto (UGR). In this work I analyzed the quantum phase transitions in a 2-state bosonic model.

I have assisted to the following schools for Graduate/PhD students:
  • Summer School in Computational and Theoretical Models in Neuroscience, Venice, September 2019
  • School and Workshop on Patterns of Synchrony: Chimera States and Beyond, Trieste, May 2019
  • GEFENOL Summer School on Statistical Physics of Complex Systems, IFISC, June 2016
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships: July of 2016, working with Manuel Matías at IFISC in individual-based models for bacterial growth. This evolved into my Master Thesis later.
  • CNB V Introduction to Research: September 2017: just after finishing my M.Sc. I was one month in the National Biotechnology Center, in Madrid, working at Susanna Manrubia's lab This was the beginning of my first publication.
  • Microbial Studies through 16S amplicon sequencing (Granada, 2020)
  • Inference and learning: a statistical perspective (Granada, 2018)
  • PhD course: Complex systems: dynamics, networks and collective behaviour in Physics, Neuroscience, and Systems Biology (Parma, 2018)
  • Science OutReach Techniques (Granada, 2017)
  • Python for Science and Technical Computing (Granada, 2016)
  • History of Physics (Granada, 2016)

Research Interests

Collective Behaviour in Neurocience

Theoretical Ecology


Network Theory and Applications

Mathematical basis of Music

List of Publications

  1. V Buendía, S di Santo, JA Bonachela, MA Muñoz. Feedback mechanisms for self-organization to the edge of a phase transition. Frontiers in Physics. Accepted, 2020
  2. V Buendía, S di Santo, P Villegas, R Burioni, MA Muñoz. Self-organized bistability and its possible relevance for brain dynamics. Phys. Rev. Research 2 (013318) (2020)
  3. V Buendía, P Villegas, S di Santo, A Vezzani, R Burioni, MA Muñoz. Jensen's force and the statistical mechanics of cortical asynchronous states. Scientific Reports 9, 15183 (2019)
  4. V Buendía, MA Muñoz, S Manrubia. Limited role of spatial self-structuring in emergent trade-offs during pathogen evolution. Scientific Reports; 8, 12476. (2018)

Participation in Conferences

This is a list of conferences and workshops I have been, where I gave a talk, in chronological order:
  • Granada Seminar on Computational and Statistical Physics Granada, 2019
  • School and Workshop on Patterns of Synchrony: Chimera States and Beyond Trieste, 2019
  • Stochastic Models in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Venice, 2018
  • Young Researchers at the Crossroads Workshop Palma de Mallorca, 2016.
And finally this is a list of conferences where I contributed with a poster:
  • FisEs'18 Madrid, 2018
  • XXIII National Conference on Statistical Physics and Complex Systems Parma, 2018
This is a list of conferences and workshops I went, which I did not contribute to
  • Advanced Workshop on Nonequilibrium Systems in Physics, Geosciences, and Life Sciences Trieste, 2018.
  • Crossroads in Complex Systems Palma de Mallorca, 2016.
This is a list of conferences and workshops in which I have involved as organizer:
  • XXIII and XXIV National Conferences on Statistical Physics and Complex Systems, as Scientific Secretary. Parma, 2018-2019

Science Outreach Activies