Nerea Llamosas Muñozguren
Ikerbasque Research Fellow
I got my degree in Pharmacology in 2009 from University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and a PhD in Pharmacology in 2015 (UPV/EHU). As a PhD student, I gained strong technical and theoretical expertise in in-vivo single unit extracellular recordings and in vitro whole-cell patch-clamp in the lab of Dr. Maria Torrecilla (UPV/EHU) as well as during my predoctoral stay in Dr. John Williams Lab (OHSU, Oregon, USA).
Afterwards, I developed great interest in understanding brain dynamics from more ample perspectives, so I joined Dr. Gavin Rumbaugh Lab, at The Scripps Research Institute, USA, for my second postdoctoral training (2017-2021). My work there was focused on understanding how neurodevelopmental disorder risk factors impact on the efficacy of experience modifying cortical remapping. I employed sensory deprivation paradigms and studied how neural dynamics of cortical ensembles change in response to sensory manipulation. Additionally, I worked on the functional characterization, for the first time, of a Syngap1 KO iPSC cell model from a human donor.
Currently, I am Ikerbasque Research Fellow at ACHUCARRO, where my goal is to implement my expertise and knowledge of electrophysiological mechanisms of neurological disorders at single-cell and circuitry levels to unravel the temporal, cell-type, and network-type specific dysfunctionalities in brain disorders, with special focus on convulsive and nonconvulsive epilepsy and the role of hippocampal newborn neurons.