Erin McKiernan

I'm a professor in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), and a researcher in biophysics and neurophysiology. I'm also the founder of the Why Open Research project (, an educational site for researchers to learn about sharing their work. I blog at, and tweet at @emckiernan13.


  • McKiernan E.C., Marrone D.F. (2017). CA1 pyramidal cells have diverse biophysical properties, affected by development, experience, and aging. PeerJ 5:e3836.
  • McKiernan, E.C., Bourne, P.E., Brown, C.T., Buck, S., Kenall, A., Lin, J., McDougall, D., Nosek, B.A., Ram, K., Soderberg, C.K., Spies, J.R., Thaney, K., Updegrove, A., Woo, K.H., & Yarkoni, T. (2016). How open science helps researchers succeed. eLife 2016;5:e16800.
  • McKiernan, E.C. (2013). Effects of manipulating slowpoke calcium-dependent potassium channel expression on rhythmic locomotor activity in Drosophila larvae. PeerJ 1:e57.
  • Herrera-Valdez, M.A., McKiernan, E.C., Berger, S.D., Ryglewski, S., Duch, C., and Crook, S. (2013). Relating ion channel expression, bifurcation structure, and diverse firing patterns in a model of an identified motor neuron. Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 34(2): 211-229.
  • Cruz-Aponte, M., McKiernan, E. C., and Herrera-Valdez, M. A. (2011). Mitigating effects of vaccination on influenza outbreaks given constraints in stockpile size and daily administration capacity. BMC Infectious Diseases 11(1), 207.
  • Figueredo, A.J., Hammond, K.R., and McKiernan, E.C. (2006). A Brunswikian evolutionary developmental theory of preparedness and plasticity. Intelligence, 34(2): 211-227.

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