I pursued an undergraduate course in Psychology at the University of Granada (Spain), with an emphasis on behavioural neuroscience and psychopharmacology. I next obtained a MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Liverpool. Here I investigated the role of the cannabinoids system on hedonic feeding and obesity. I then obtained a PhD from University of Nottingham supervised by Professor C.M. Bradshaw and Dr H.J. Cassaday. My PhD was focussed on the application of a mathematical model of schedule-controlled operant behaviour to the assessment of effects of neurobiological interventions on motivational and motor processes. The project included a series of experiments examining the effects of disrupting the orexin, cannabinoid, and dopamine systems on the motivation for food. I then took up a postdoctoral post at Cardiff University in the laboratory of Professor J.P Aggleton where I investigated the neurobiological bases of familiarity and episodic memory, and the ways in which they are subserved by two related anatomical structures (perirhinal cortex and hippocampus, respectively).
I now hold a postdoctoral post in Professor Lora Heisler’s Lab, where I study the role of the 5-HT and brain derived neurotropic factor (Bdnf) systems in hedonic feeding and obesity and how obesity affects mnemonic processes.