THE WORLD CREATED. The fascinating journey from the senses to the brain

A book about the neural bases of sensory perception in its various modalities and manifestations including the 5 traditionally dominant senses (vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch) and some other less-known but still important sensorial capacities such as interoception (inner organ sensations) and others. Included in the ‘Psychology and Neuroscience’ popular science book series of Spanish wide-reach newspaper EL PAIS.

Common Molecules in Memory Formation and Congenital Intellectual Disability: a Role for the RAS-ERK-CREB Pathway in Cognition

In my PhD thesis, I described the role that several molecules within the signalling cascade that activates the transcription factor CREB (cAMP Response Element Binding protein) play in long-term memory formation. In humans and mice, mutations in the genes encoding for several proteins within such molecular cascade result in learning and memory deficits. Awarded an Extraordinary Doctorate Award.

Hunting for Synaptic Tagging and Capture in Memory Formation

A short review of some of the neural plasticity mechanisms that underlie memory formation and, in particular, those molecular processes that allow for a restricted set of synapses within the neuron to be selected and ‘tagged’ to undergo the modifications that sustain long-term memory of specific stimuli and experiences. Published in the prestigious ‘Journal of Neuroscience’.