Genetic studies have demonstrated that specific mutations confer susceptibility for mental disorder such as schizophrenia. There is accumulating evidence that these mutations converge on specific biological pathways involved in the regulation of synaptic plasticity and learning, such as components of the NMDA receptor signalling complex and calcium channel signalling. My research is built on these previous observations and involves examining behaviourally the affective and cognitive processing of rewards in genetically modified animals with key mutations in these pathways.
Investigating the general role of NMDA and Ca+ pathways in learning will elucidate the influence of these pathways in learning, contributing to the understanding of pathogenesis in schizophrenia and other mental disorders.
2016- Present: Postgraduate tutor for first year undergraduates (leading small-group tutorials and marking practical reports in order to develop students’ scientific practical report-writing skills)
Selected publications (2014 onwards)
Full list of publications
School of Psychology, Cardiff University
2008 – 2014- BSc Psychology, University of Granada, Spain
2014-2015 –MSc in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Granada, Spain
2016-2020 - PhD, Cardiff University
November 2014 – July 2016: Research associate at University of Granada