I am a research associate working at the Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute, Sweden where I have recently established myself as an independent scientist and I am building my own research group. In parallel I am training as a clinical psychiatrist at the North West Psychiatry Region in Stockholm, Sweden. I graduated in medicine in 2002 at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and obtained a PhD in Neuroscience at the same university in 2006. During my PhD I performed experiments in the field of Behavioral and Molecular Pharmacology using animal models of vulnerability to addiction. After obtaining a PhD, my interests expanded to Cognitive Neuroscience and between 2008 and 2012 I was a postdoctoral fellow first at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and thereafter at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, at University College London (UCL).
University Medical Degree
PhD in Neuroscience
I have three main research interests: First, to understand the role of neuromodulators like dopamine and serotonin in motivational process and decision-making; Second, to understand the relationship between degeneration of the dopaminergic system and cognitive decline in normal aging; Third, to understand the role of the human hippocampus in the generation of adaptive responses in the context of anxiety or novelty. I combine behavioral approaches, computational modeling, pharmacological manipulations and imaging techniques such as fMRI, PET and MEG.
Academic honors, awards and prizes
PhD prize of excellence (Premi extraordinari de final de doctorat), awarded by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.