Adela Iliescu

Research group:
Behavioural Neuroscience
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Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

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.

Teaching summary

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

Research group

Behavioural Neuroscience

Research collaborators

Professor Rob Honey

Professor Dominic Dwyer

Professor Lawrence Wilkinson

Professor Jeremy Hall


Undergraduate education

2008 – 2014- BSc Psychology, University of Granada, Spain

Postgraduate education

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