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 those changes can contribute to the transition from alcohol use to alcohol abuse. 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. To answer these questions I use different techniques, including drinking in the dark (DID) procedures, operant self-administration, anxiety-like behavioral measures, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorencence, Western Blotting, Cre-inducible DREADD expression, Cre-Flox technology and site-direct brain cannulation and viral-vector infusions.

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