Julio C. Hernandez Pavon

Julio C. Hernandez Pavon, PhD, DSc

Research Scientist

About Me

Dr. Julio C. Hernandez-Pavon is currently a Research Scientist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University in Chicago, USA. He holds two doctoral degrees, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering from Aalto University, Finland, and a second Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Guanajuato University, Mexico. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Guanajuato (Mexico) in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Veracruz (Mexico).

Dr. Hernandez-Pavon is an expert on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) combined with electroencephalography (EEG). His research includes cortical excitability, brain connectivity, cortico-cortical paired associative stimulation (ccPAS), and peripheral nerve stimulation. He is interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms of brain connectivity for conducting basic and clinical research. He is also interested in motor and language disorders and developing new therapies for post-stroke patients and patients with Parkinson’s disease.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    2011 - 2015
    D.Sc. Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland
    2007 - 2011
    Ph.D. Medical Physics, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
    2004 - 2006
    M.Sc. Medical Physics, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
    2000 - 2004
    B.A. Applied Physics, Veracruzana University, Mexico
    Research Visits


    Visiting Scientist, Department of Physiology, University of Oslo, Norway
    Visiting Researcher, Monash University Central Clinical School and The Alfred (MAPrc), Melbourne, Australia
    Visiting Researcher, Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Recent Publications

Removing artifacts from TMS-evoked EEG: A methods review and a unifying theoretical framework.
Hernandez-Pavon JC, Kugiumtzis D, Zrenner C, Kimiskidis VK, Metsomaa J
Journal of neuroscience methods
doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2022.109591
State-dependent TMS effects in the visual cortex after visual adaptation: A combined TMS-EEG study.
Guzmán López J, Hernandez-Pavon JC, Lioumis P, Mäkelä JP, Silvanto J
Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2021.08.020
Noninvasive Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation in Stroke.
Hernandez-Pavon JC, Harvey RL
Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America
doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2018.12.010
EEG hyperscanning in motor rehabilitation: a position paper.
Short MR, Hernandez-Pavon JC, Jones A, Pons JL
Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation
doi: 10.1186/s12984-021-00892-6
Peripheral electrical stimulation to reduce pathological tremor: a review.
Pascual-Valdunciel A, Hoo GW, Avrillon S, Barroso FO, Goldman JG, Hernandez-Pavon JC, Pons JL
Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation
doi: 10.1186/s12984-021-00811-9

Honors & Awards

  • The Coleman Foundation Award
    2022 - 2023
  • Jenny ja Antti Wihurin Grant
  • Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), Finland
    Scholarship from the Finnish government, 2009 - 2010
  • Student of the year
    University of Guanajuato, 2009

Research Interests

  • Brain stimulation
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Electroencephalography
  • Brain Connectivity
  • cortico-cortical paired associative stimulation
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Brain mapping