Program Faculty

The researchers affiliated with the Program and their specific fields of research are listed below, in alphabetical order.

Before starting the enrollment procedures, the candidate must contact one of these Professors to agree on the commitment to the Direction or co-direction of the possible Thesis and, where appropriate, define the scientific content and the necessary means to carry it out. The Program Committee will not consider admission applications that do not include a Thesis Direction Compromise. 


ARÉVALO, Mº Angeles
Mechanisms of action of neuroactive steroids, in neurons and glia, focusing mainly on the effects of ovarian hormones on neuronal plasticity and neuroprotection.

AVENDAÑO, Carlos
Somatosensory plasticity mechanisms in the adult nervous system.

CARRIÓN, Mariano
Internal functioning of proteins as possible molecular bases of neurodegeneration (nanomechanics of the proteasome and its neurotoxic substrate proteins) and of memory consolidation (role of the functional mammalian prionoid CPEB3).

CASAS, Sergio
communication mechanisms between the glia and neurons, especially the signals between glioblastoma and neurons that mediate tumor progression and neurodegeneration.

CAVADA, Carmen
Aminergic innervation of the human brain and non-human primates under normal conditions and in a macaque model of parkinsonism.

CLASCÁ, Francisco
Cellular, axonal and synaptic diversity of the thalamocortical networks. Development of digital 3D quantitative analysis tools for modeling brain circuits.

DE ANDRES, Isabel
Neural mechanisms of the states of the wake-sleep cycle.

DE CARLOS, Juan
Development of the telencephalon, taking into account the spatio-temporal origin of each population of cells that participate in the formation of nuclei and constituent structures. These studies are carried out at the anatomical, cellular and molecular level.

DE FELIPE, Javier
Microanatomical and neurochemical organization of the cerebral cortex, through the use of various techniques, including intracellular injections, histochemical and immunocytochemical techniques, and 3D reconstruction techniques for light and electron microscopy.

DE LA VILLA POLO, Pedro
Neurophysiology of the visual system, physiology of the retina, membrane ion channels and neuromuscular physiology

FERNÁNDEZ-SEVILLA, David
Regulation of synaptic plasticity.

FRADE, Jose Maria
Regulation of the cell cycle during neurogenesis, reactivation of the cell cycle in neurons, and neuronal tetraploidy in the normal and pathological brain.

GARZÓN, Miguel
The hypocretinergic system and its implication in narcolepsy. Ultrastructural bases of reinforcement and addiction in the mesocorticolimbic circuit.

MARTÍNEZ MURILLO, Ricardo
Molecular mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative processes in animal models of neurovascular unit involvement: focal infarction (stroke, HF), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and progression of murine glioblastoma

LOPEZ MASCARAQUE, Laura
Tracing of the progeny of individual progenitor cells in the brain of the mouse, in order to know both their fate and their lineage.

MORATALLA, Rosario
Molecular mechanisms of the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons and in L-DOPA-induced dyskinesias, the two main challenges of Parkinson's disease.

NEGREDO Pilar
Implication of microglia in plasticity-dependent plasticity sensory experience in the adult nervous system. Sex differences in the development and chronification of craniocephalic neuropathic pain.

NÚÑEZ, Angel
Somatosensory processing and cholinergic modulation.

PEREA Gertrudis
Signaling between neurons and glia cells, in particular astrocytes, and the consequences this communication has for neuronal physiology

PRENSA, Lucia
Functional connectomics and synaptic architecture of the basal ganglia system.

RUBIO-GARRIDO J. Pablo
Thalamocortical network analysis. Functional connectomics of the pulvinar complex of the primate thalamus.

VARELA, Isabel
Cellular and animal models of syndromic sensorineural deafness; Therapeutic targets and biomarkers of hearing loss progression. Testing of new therapies with molecules and stem cells in animal and cell models of sensorineural deafness

VICARIO, Carlos
Mechanisms of regulation of the number of stem cells and in the formation of functional neurons from said cells, in vivo and in cell culture. Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and search for new molecular targets in neurons and glial cells generated from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).