Angel Barco studied Biology at the Universidad de Extremadura and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He got his Master thesis and Ph.D. degree in the Centro de Biología Molecular "Severo Ochoa" (UAM, Madrid) working on the mechanism of citotoxicity and regulation of gene expression by poliovirus under the supervision of Dr. Carrasco. Because of his interest in Neurosciences, particularly on the molecular mechanisms of cognition and the genetic bases of behavior, he joined in 1998 the group of Nobel Laureate Dr. Kandel at Columbia University to work on the molecular bases of learning and memory. His research there focused on the role of the cAMP-responsive element binding protein (CREB) family of transcription factors in synaptic plasticity and memory. In September 2004, he moved to the Instituto de Neurociencias (UMH-CSIC) in Alicante, where he established his own laboratory thanks to the support of the European Commission through the now extinct Marie Curie Excellence Grant Programme. Here, his group applies a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the role of transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of gene expression in neuronal plasticity, learning and memory, and neuropsychiatric diseases. He now has a permanent position as Research Professor in the Spanish Research Council (CSIC).

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Beatriz del Blanco studied Biochemistry at the Universidad de Granada. She carried out her Master and PhD thesis with Dr. Cristina Hernández Munain at Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina “López Neyra” (CSIC) in Granada. Her research has focused on studying the transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms involved in regulation of gene expression during T-lymphocytes development. In 2010, she collaborated with Michael S. Krangel´s Lab in the Duke University through a short term stay. In June 2014, she joined our lab moved by her interest in studying epigenetic regulation in neuronal plasticity.


Juan Paraiso Luna studied Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). After spending several months at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) as a research trainee, we carried out his Master’s degree at the Institute of Health Carlos III working in the neuronal differentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs). In 2019, he finished his Ph.D. Thesis at Dept. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (UCM) focused on the regulation of neurogenesis exploring the role of the endocannabinoid system in ESCs cortical differentiation and in cellular reprogramming, under the supervision of Dr. Ismael Galve-Roperh and Dr. Manuel Guzmán. He also collaborated with Dr. Silvia Cappello at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (Munich), as a part of a short-term fellowship, learning about the generation of cerebral organoids from human iPSCs.


Marta Alaiz Noya studied Biomedicine at the Universidad de Sevilla. In 2017, she moved to the Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante to carry out the "Master in Neuroscience: from the bench to the bedside" and joined to our lab to initially conduct her Master thesis, and later her Ph.D. thesis.


Miguel Fuentes Ramos studied Psychology at the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH) and Biology at the Universidad de Alicante (UA). He obtained the Master's Degree in Basic and Applied Neurosciences from the Universidad de Valencia (UV). He joined our laboratory thanks to the support of a JAEintro fellowship given by the CSIC.


Sergio Niñerola graduated in Biology at the Universidad de Alicante and got a Master’s degree in Biomedicine at the Universidad de Barcelona and a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics at the Universidad de Murcia. He trained in neuroreceptors at the laboratory of Dr. Felix Viana (Instituto de Neurociencias) and later he performed his Master’s projects in mitochondrial biochemistry in the laboratory of Dr. Francesc Cardellach (Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer) and in the chromatin status on embryonic stem cells at the group of Dr. Ludovic Vallier (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton). He worked in epigenetics of lung cancer at the laboratory of Dra. Montserrat Sanchez (Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Bellvitge). After this, he joined our group as a PhD student with a MCIU scholarship.


Samanta Ortuño studied Biotechnology at the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH) with Master's degrees in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, at the UMH, as well as Bioinformatics at the University of Murcia. She performed final Degree and Master’s projects in molecular biology at the laboratory of Dr. Antonio Vera (UMH). Then, she worked on Metabarcoding and Bioinformatics at Taxon Estudios Ambientales S.L. and at the laboratory of Dr. José Antonio Garcia Charton (University of Murcia).


Ana Martín studied Biology at the Universidad de Málaga. Thanks to a Marie Curie fellowship, she is currently conducting her PhD studies in the frame of a collaboration between the group of Prof. Wilczynski at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (Warsaw) and our group.


Mayte López Cascales holds a degree in Biochemistry from the Universidad de Murcia, a Master's degree in Neuroscience from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, and a Master's Degree in Bioinformatics from the Universidad of Murcia. She is currently conducting her PhD under the supervision of Dra. Herrera and works in several collaborative projects between the two laboratories.


Carina Rocovac obtained a technician grade in Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory at the I.E.S. Virgen del Remedio in Alicante. She joined our group as a laboratory technician in February 2020.


Román Olivares got his qualification as technician in Madrid, and worked for several years in the laboratory of Dr. Garcia (Department of Pharmacology of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). There, he investigated secretion by chromaffin cells and importantly contributed to a number of international publications. He has been responsible of our colony of knockout and transgenic mice and the general organization of the lab since the creation of our research group in 2004.


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