Hysell V. Oviedo

Associate Professor

Member of the CUNY Neuroscience Collaborative Executive and Admissions Committee

Main Affiliation


Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Graduate Center

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Auditory System
  • Communication Circuits
  • Communication Disorders


Center for Discovery and Innovation





Hysell Oviedo

Hysell V. Oviedo


Hysell V. Oviedo is a neurophysiologist interested in the function and dysfunction of communication circuits in the brain. Animals rely on sounds for survival, and social/reproductive interactions. The brain must perform the challenging tasks of rapidly recognizing, categorizing, and assigning communicative importance to sounds in a noisy environment. The instructions to these functions are found in the precise connections neurons make with one another. Dr. Oviedo's lab studies evolutionarily conserved mechanisms for decoding social calls in the Auditory Cortex of rodents. Dr. Oviedo combines physiological, anatomical and behavioral techniques with a reverse engineering approach, to identify neural mechanisms underlying linguistic processing and how they go awry in communication disorders.



Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Postdoctoral Fellowship
New York University, Center for Neural Science, Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Stockton University, B.S. Biology, B.A. Literature

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses:

Organismic Biology

Introduction to Neuroscience

Brain Plasticity and Disease

Graduate courses:

Neural Science 1

Neural Science 2


Relevant Publications


Using neural circuit interrogation in rodents to unravel human speech decoding (2020). Demetrios Neophytou and Hysell V. Oviedo. Frontiers in Neural Circuits. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2020.00002


Circuit asymmetries underlie functional lateralization in the mouse auditory cortex (2019). Robert Levy,  Tiemo Marquarding, Ashlan Reid, Christopher Pun, Nicolas Renier, Hysell V. Oviedo. Nature Communications, June 25;10(1):2783. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10690-3


Connectivity motifs of inhibitory neurons in the mouse Auditory Cortex. Oviedo HV (2017). Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-16904-2

Long-term cre-mediated retrograde tagging of neurons using a novel recombinant pseudorabies virus (2014). Oyibo HK, Znamenskiy P, Oviedo HV, Enquist LW, Zador AM. Frontiers Neuroanatomy, doi: 10.3389/fnana.2014.00086


Integration of subthreshold and suprathreshold excitatory barrages along the somatodendritic axis of pyramidal neurons (2012). Oviedo HV and Reyes AD. PLoS ONE 7(3): e33831


PTEN regulation of local and long-range connections in mouse auditory cortex (2012). Xiong Q, Oviedo HV, Trotman L and Zador AM. The Journal of Neuroscience, volume 32(5) pp. 1643-52


The functional asymmetry of auditory cortex is reflected in the organization of local cortical circuits (2010). Oviedo HV, Bureau I, Svoboda K and Zador A. Nature Neuroscience, volume 13(11) pp. 1413-20


Variation of input-output properties along the somatodendritic axis of pyramidal neurons (2005). Oviedo H and Reyes AD. The Journal of Neuroscience, volume 25(20) pp. 4985-95


Boosting of neuronal firing evoked with asynchronous and synchronous inputs in the dendrite (2002). Oviedo H and Reyes AD. Nature Neuroscience, volume 5(3) pp. 261-266