Carlos A. Saura

Principal Investigator

Carles A. Saura obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Barcelona (Spain). Dr. C. Saura performed postdoctoral training at the Neuropathology Unit, Department of Pathology of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Department of Neurobiology at the University of Chicago under the mentoring of Prof. G. Thinakaran. He investigated the biology of autosomal-dominant familial Alzheimer’s disease-linked mutations. In 2000, he was appointed Instructor Professor at the Center for Neurologic Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS, Boston). Under the mentoring of Prof. J. Shen, Dr. Saura investigated the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying memory and neurodegeneration in novel transgenic and knockout mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. In 2004, he was appointed Ramón y Cajal Research Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain). Dr. C. Saura is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Institut de Neurociències of UAB, and member of the National Network for Neurodegenerative diseases (CIBERNED). Dr. Saura has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain physiology and pathology. He has leaded several national and international research projects and is an active collaborator of national and international funding agencies and scientific journals.
Dr. C. Saura was a member of the Directive Board of the Institut de Neurociències-UAB  (2009-17), Directive Board and Treasurer of the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC; 2015-19), and  Coordinator of the Neurobiology Section of the Societat Catalana de Biologia (2015-22). Dr. Saura was Manager and currently is the Coordinator of the Biomedicine/Nervous System Diseases Grant Program at Spanish National Research Agency (AEI).

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Arnaldo J. Parra Damas

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Parra Damas is interested in the study of the nervous system at the molecular, cellular and systems levels. He became interested in Neuroscience early during his undergraduate studies in Biology. After receiving a Master’s degree in Neuroscience at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, he pursued a doctoral degree in Dr. Saura’s lab studying the molecular mechanisms regulating activity-dependent neuronal gene expression.  In 2016-17, he performed postdoctoral studies at A. Ertürk’s lab at the Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research Munich-Ludwig Maximilian University. His current interest is focused in the cellular and molecular basis of learning and memory during health and disease. He investigates the role of neuronal activity-induced gene expression regulated by CREB/CRTC1 in synaptic plasticity and hippocampal-dependent learning and memory in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegeneration. In 2020, Dr. Parra Damas was awarded with a Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación fellowship.

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Maria del Mar Puigdellívol

Associate Researcher

Dr. Puigdellívol graduated in Biochemistry from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. During her doctoral thesis Dr. Puigdellívol investigated the genetic and molecular bases of Huntington’s disease  in Dr. S. Ginés’ lab at the Universitat de Barcelona.  Dr. Puiddellívol performed postdoctoral stages at Dr. P. McCormick’s lab, University of East Anglia (2015-16), and Dr. G. Brown’s lab, University of Cambridge (2017-20), where she investigated the molecular basis of Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.  Dr. Puigdellívol has been granted a postdoctoral Beatriu de Pinós fellowship from Generalitat de Catalunya to investigate the role of microglia on synapse dysfunction and memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Puigdellívol is currently Assistant Professor at University of Barcelona and associated researcher at INc-UAB.

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Carlos Soto Faguás

Ph.D. Student

Carlos Soto obtained his degree in Basical and Experimental Biomedical Sciences at the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). He did his Final Research Project and internship at the Instituto de Biomedicina de Sevilla (IBIS) working under the supervision of Professor José López Barneo. In 2016, he performed a master degree in Neuroscience and later started his doctoral studies at Oficial Doctoral Program in Neurosciences at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His doctoral research project is focused on dissecting the molecular mechanisms regulating tau phosphorylation and spreading in Alzheimer´s disease.  Carlos likes playing basketball and is a huge fun of Sevilla Football Club.

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Xavier Fernández Olalla

Ph.D. Student

Xavier Fernández graduated in Biology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Since his graduation, Xavier was very interested in investigating Alzheimer’s disease, so his degree thesis focused on microgliosis, neuroinflammation and the TREM2 receptor role in this disease. Xavi enrolled at master’s degree in Neuroscience at the UAB focusing on the role of interleukin-6 and neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease pathology. In 2020-21, he specialized in bioinformatics and biostatistics at the master degree at Universitat Oberta de Cataluña (UOC). He is currently a doctoral student at the Official Doctoral Program in Neurosciences of UAB. His doctoral thesis focuses on investigating the transcriptional changes in memory-neuronal circuits in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Anna del Ser

Ph.D. Student

Anna del Ser graduated in Biotechnology at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 2016. During her last graduate year she performed her final research project on the heteromerization of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) and related signaling pathways under the supervision of Dr. Rafael Franco at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the UB. Anna pursued master studies  within the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine master program, and she is currently a doctoral student at  the Oficial Doctoral Program in Neurosciences of the UAB. Her doctoral  project focuses on CRTC1-dependent  mechanisms regulating synaptic plasticity and memory.

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Maria Dolores Capilla

Ph.D. Student

Mª Dolores Capilla obtained her degree in Biotechnology at the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) in 2016. She performed her research project at the Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular (IBMC). In 2017, she graduated in a Master degree in Biomedicine at the Universitat de Barcelona with a research project focused on the effects of intermitent hypoxia on gene expression in Alzheimer’s disease, studied supervised by Dr. I. Almendros. Mª Dolores is currently a doctoral student of the Neuroscience Doctoral Program at the UAB. Her thesis focuses on investigating the neuronal circuits involved in cognitive and emotional impairments in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Angel Deprada Fernández

Ph.D. Student

Ángel Deprada obtained his degree in Biology at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in 2018, performing his research project at the Centro de Investigacións Biolóxicas (CIBUS). He then studied a master’s degree in Advanced Biotechnology, topic Molecular Biotechnology and Therapeutics, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. On his master’s project,  Ángel studied gene expression regulated by CRTC1 during neuronal activity at the Institut de Neurociències (UAB) under the supervision of Dr. Carlos A. Saura. He is currently a doctoral student in the Official Doctoral Program in Neurosciences at the UAB. His thesis project focuses on the study of transcriptional mechanisms involved in neuronal excitability and plasticity in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Alejandra Delprat

Lab Manager

Alejandra Delprat is graduated in Biology at Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). She performed doctoral studies at the same institution studying fly chromosomic rearrangements (1994-99). Alejandra performed postdoctoral training on the origin of chomosomic rearrangements by transposons at Universidad de Patras (Greece;1999-2001) and Dept of Genetics and Microbiology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2001-6). Alejandra has been senior scientist and lab manager at Prof. Alfredo Ruiz (2006-15) and Mario Caceres (2015-20) labs at UAB.

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Past Members


Lucía Labrada (2006)
Jorge Valero (2008-11)
Muriel Arimon (2014-16)
Lilian Enríquez (2013-16)

Ph.D. Students

Vidalba Rocher Ros (2006-9)
Judit España Agustí (2007-10)
Sergi Marco Martín (2009-13)
Meng Chen (2011-14)
Arnaldo Parra Damas (2011-16)
Miriam Javier Torrent (2014-19)
Laura Rubió Ferrarons (2015-20)
Carlos Soto Faguás (2015-21)

Master students

Vidalba Rocher Ros (2006)
Judit España Agustí (2007)
Sergi Marco Martín (2009)
Arnaldo Parra Damas (2010)
Rocio Aguilera Mohedas (2010)
Judith Camats Perna (2011)
Neus Fullana Llinás (2013)
Sara Brunton Lucas (2013)
Miriam Javier Torrent (2014)
Laura Rubió Ferrarons (2015)
Sara Acosta Hernández (2015)
Carlos Soto Faguás (2016)
Oihane Ussía Guillén (2016)
Icía Varela Lara (2016)
Paula Conde Rubio (2017)
Anna del Ser Badía (2017)
Luis Freiría Martínez (2018)
Noelia Sánchez Rodríguez (2018)
Laura Amores Bonet (2018)
Angel Deprada Fernández (2019)
Rafael Romero Pérez (2021)
Iria Giménez Alonso (2022)
Mariona Marchena (2023)

Undergraduate students

Elena Gallego (2005)
Michael Woodward (2006)
Carolina Franco (2007)
Marta Cosín (2008)
Alejandro Martorell (2008)
Marc López Cano (2010)
Núria Suelves Caballol (2012)
Tarik Ruiz Medina (2012)
Blanca Pijuan Sala (2012)
Joaquín Idoyaga (2012)
Gisela Esquerda (2012)
Maria Pons (2012-13)
Aida Obiols (2013)
Ivan Kur (2014)
Anna Barber Janer (2016)
Raúl del Rey Vergara (2017)
Laia Marcet (2017)
Jaume Coll (2018)
Silvia Avalle Rodríguez (2022)