Associate Research Professor

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B.S. Psychology, University of Almería (Spain)
M.S. Neuroscience, International University of Andalucía (Spain)
M.S. Psychology, University of Almería (Spain)
PhD. Psychology, University of Almeria (Spain)

My research focuses on identifying the brain mechanisms that modulate neurobiological responses to alcohol. I am interested in understand how the brain neurocircuitry changes after ethanol exposure and how these changes can contribute to the transition from alcohol used to alcohol abused. To achieve my goals, I have been studying the roles of different neuropeptides on ethanol consumption and how these neuropeptides can be affected by ethanol exposure.

Another more recent approach to achieve my goal is to study the role of epigenetics in the neurobiological response to ethanol. I am focused on understand how alcohol exposure during adolescent time modulates changes in covalent histone modifications and if these changes will endure into adulthood and will affect ethanol drinking.

To answer these questions I use different techniques, including drinking in the dark (DID) procedures, operant self-administration, anxiety-like behavior measures, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, Western Blotting, Cre-inducible DREADD expression, Cre-Flox technology and site-direct brain cannulation and viral-vector infusions.

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