Maria studied pharmacy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain and received an MSc in life sciences and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. During her PhD, she worked with Professors Bernard Attali and Henry Markram investigating the genetic principles that guide morphological and electrical diversity of neocortical neurons.
During her postdoctoral fellowship, at the laboratory of Professor Carmen Sandi (Swiss Institute of Technology Lausanne, EPFL), Maria studied the effect of stress during adolescence searching for key neurobiological mechanisms involved in the vulnerability to psychopathology during adolescence. Interestingly, she found a differential impact on males and females for specific emotional behaviours.
Since moving to the University of Nottingham Maria leveraged on her knowledge and experience of molecular biology and pre-clinical models and focused on the epigenetic basis of vulnerability to mental disease and how to boost resilience. In particular she focuses on the positive effects of exercise on mental wellbeing.
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