I am an associate professor at the Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute, Sweden where I have established myself as an independent scientist. In parallel I am training as a clinical psychiatrist at Psykiatri Nordväst, 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 combine behavioral approaches, computational modeling, pharmacological manipulations and imaging techniques such as fMRI, PET and MEG. I have currently 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. Furthermore, I am currently planning a new study to uncover the relationship between the cognitive functions underlying decision-making abilities and risk for depression.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
PhD prize of excellence (Premi extraordinari de final de doctorat), awarded by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.