Affiliation: Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK
Keywords: Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Neuroimaging, Neuroscience
I completed a BSc in Psychology followed by an MSc in Applied Neurosciences in Barcelona (Spain). I then moved to the University of Groningen (Netherlands) where I completed a PhD in Neuroscience (Cum Laude). As a post-doc, I moved to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London (UK), to extend my research on the neurobiology of psychotic symptoms into the early stages of psychosis. In 2013 I obtained a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant which enabled me to expand my work on social neuroscience in early psychosis using multimodal imaging (examining brain function, structure and neurochemistry). In February 2016 I received a King’s Prize Fellowship, which was followed shortly after by a Wellcome Trust & Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship that started in March 2017. At the IoPPN, I am also Honorary Senior Lecturer, leading the Neuroimaging Module of the MSc Psychiatric Research and lecturing across other IoPPN MSc. I have been part of tribunals for PhD ceremonies and I am reviewer for >20 journals and science organisations.
My lab (Social Neuroscience in Psychosis) is currently based at the Department of Psychosis Studies at the IoPPN, and I am also Visiting Scholar at the Department of Neuroscience of the University of Pittsburgh (USA). A main current research focus in the lab is the combination of translational state-of-the-art animal and human neuroimaging methods to dissect the molecular pathway linking psychosocial stress to the GABA and glutamate systems in psychosis, towards the discovery of new molecular targets for disease prevention.