Andres is the research technician in the Grubb Lab. He started his studies in the year 2002, studying the first year of his BSc in the University of A Coruna, Spain, the city where he was born. Trying to have a full university experience (and a bit of independence, flying away from his parents’ home), he continued his BSc in the University of Santiago de Compostela, where he finished his BSc in Biology, with a specialization in molecular biology and biotechnology.
After that, he started a small research project in the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine. There, in a research project related to Parkinson’s disease, he had the opportunity of working with a monkey (which Andres misses a lot), and he had his first experience working with rodents.
Then, he moved to the Department of Pharmacology, in the Faculty of Pharmacy, joining the Biofarma Team, a group specialized in applied pharmacology and schizophrenia. At the same time he was working there, Andres did his MSc in Biomedicine, and his work developed in that group became his MSc Final Project.
In the year 2008, Andres moved to the city of Lugo, where he started his PhD under the supervision of Professor Luis Botana (Department of Pharmacology), and Dr. Manuel Cifuentes (Department of Anatomy). Although Andres was able to collaborate in several studies with different marine toxins, his thesis was focused on neurotoxic compounds and their alterations in mice and rats. After some conferences, several research papers and frustrations, Andres finished his thesis in the year 2015.
Finally, he found a interesting research project in Grubb Lab, where he has the opportunity to study the degeneration and regeneration of the olfactory nerve. In this project, Andres will have to apply different techniques, including new ones for him (like immunocytochemistry), adding them to his collection, and Andres is really glad for that!