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I have been awarded four consecutive six-year research periods by the National Commission for the Evaluation of Research Activity (CNEAI), with the most recent recognition in 2017. My research profile includes an h-index of 16 according to Scopus, wih 35 international publications accumulating 548 citations. I have presented 57 contributions to international conferences in the form of posters. All my papers are published in reputable, peer-reviewed journals, with no association to predatory publications. Notably, most of my work ranks in the first quartile in various disciplines such as Multidisciplinary Sciences, Neurosciences, Behavioral Sciences, Pharmacology & Pharmacy, Clinical Neurology, or Psychology. Throughout my research career, initiated with a PhD in 1997 (Extraordinary Doctoral Award), I have been consistently engaged in research projects funded by the Ministry and the Generalitat de Catalunya. My research has been supported by grants, including pre-doctoral funding from Generalitat (1997, UAB), and post-doctoral awards such Fulbright (Boston University, US), Gaspar de Portolà (University of California, US), and Salvador de Madariaga (Monash University, Australia -cancelled due to COVId-19cpandemics). Moreover, I have served as a member of Evaluation Committees for R&D&I projects, both for the Generalitat Valenciana (in 2015, 2021, and 2023) and the Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) in 2017.

My contributions to research have encompassed the entire scientific process, from formulating hypotheses and designing experiments to discussing results and writing scientific articles. I have assumed varied roles in authorship, appearing as the first author and, in cases involving supervised doctoral theses, as the last author. I have also prepared posters for international conferences. Through my extensive research journey, I have not only accumulated valuable scientific knowledge in the field of Neuroscience but have also cultivated expertise in various methodologies, including pharmacological, histological, surgical, and biochemical techniques. My specialized focus lies in characterizing behavioral paradigms to assess behavior and cognitive function, a proficiency particularly refined during my postdoctoral tenure at Boston University. As a result, I have emerged as an expert in designing and implementing behavioral tasks to evaluate learning, memory, attention, cognitive flexibility, motor skills, and emotional responses.

I contribute my expertise to our research team, leading in critical dimensions. I oversee and guide project behavioral characterization, driving impactful outcomes and fostering collaboration. I am committed to mentoring researchers, encompassing both practical laboratory work and academic guidance. Likewise, I have played a pivotal role in developing young researchers, co-supervising four completed doctoral theses (2007, 2009, 2013, and 2019, currently overseeing one) in the UAB PhD Neuroscience program. Additionally, since 2011, I have annually directed final master's projects in Neurosciences at UAB. Furthermore, my dedication to fostering scientific interest among aspiring students is evident through courses such as 'Neuroscience: Discovering the Brain' for secondary and high school students (2017, 2018, 2019), as well as evaluating Research Papers for Baccalaureate for AGAUR (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023).

In addition to publishing research in journals and presenting at conferences, I proactively communicate findings through UABDivulga and various media channels. A focal point of my outreach involves delivering conferences and courses tailored for the elderly, while also leading neuroscience discussions in University Extension Classrooms affiliated with UAB and UPF. This commitment underscores my dedication to promoting healthy aging. My outreach activities span diverse initiatives, such as participation in the Youth Mobile Festival Science+Tech Barcelona, the Saló de l’Ensenyament, and outreach projects in Primary and Secondary Education (Brain Awareness Week, Spanish Society of Neuroscience, and DANA Foundation). I participated in a funded scientific dissemination project (FCT-15-9841, Annual Activities Agenda of the UCC+I: Observatory for the Diffusion of Science of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ODC-UAB, 2016). I have delivered scientific talks in High Schools to encourage tertiary education.

In terms of university management, I have held various positions at UAB, including Associate Dean of Students and Promotion, and Secretary of the School of Psychology (2019-2021). I have held different roles in the Department of Psychobiology and Methodology of Health Sciences and the School of Psychology, such as the director of the UAB Psychobiology Unit (2003-2004: 2016-2017), secretary of the Psychobiology department (2017-2019), and coordinator of exchange programs (2003-2007).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Ph. D., Doctorate, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Award Date: 21 Nov 1997

Degree, Bachelor's, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Award Date: 30 Jun 1992

External positions

Consultant for the Psychology Studies at the Open University of Catalonia, Open University of Catalonia

1 Sept 20011 Feb 2024

Postdoctoral Fellow (Fulbright - Government of Catalonia), Boston University (BU)

1 Sept 200010 Oct 2001

Professor-Tutor (with Teaching Authorization) in the Area of Psychobiology, UNED (Centro Asociado Terrassa)

1 Oct 199531 Jan 2002

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