Member since: July 12, 2012
My long term research interests involve the development of a comprehensive understanding of the neurobiological mechanism in the sleep-modulation. My academic training and research experience have contributed with an excellent background in multiple neurobiological areas such as neurochemistry, pharmacology and behavior. As undergraduate student, I was able to study the effects of acute exposures of ozone on sleep patterns in rats. These studies allow me to gained expertise in stereotaxical surgeries; sleep recording studies and the results of the experiments were part of my BS Thesis degree majoring in Psychology at National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM. México, City. México).
Later, during my doctoral training, I was studying the pharmacological effects on sleep of endogenous cannabinoids-like compounds. It was during my PhD studyies that I did an academic visit at Prof. Daniele Piomelli´s lab at University of California, Irvine. It was the sum of all experiences that had a positive impact on my professional formation by receiving several theorically and methodological teaching that allowed me to obtain my PhD degree at School of Medicine at UNAM.
For my postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, I will continue to build my previous training in sleep basic area by describing the sleep patterns in young and aged rats. Additionally, my academic formation was strengthening since I was involved in several neurochemical experiments. For example, I was able to describe the endogenous profile of adenosine in young and aging rats as well as the study of the endogenous contents of the peptide hypocretin in a narcoleptic experimental model. During my postdoctoral training, I was able to make a short training visit at School of Medicine at Stanford University in order to gain understanding of the RIA technique. My former supervisor at Harvard Medical School Dr. Priyattam J. Shiromani is an internationally recognized leader in the sleep field and has an extensive record for training postdoctoral fellows.
Later, in 2005 I received the opportunity to come back to México and hold an Associate Research Appointment at Cellular Physiology Institute at UNAM under the supervisor of Prof. René Drucker-Colín. During this period of time (2005-2007), I was able to run different experiments using the conceptual and technical training that I was learned from my previous training.
Then, I got the opportunity to become an independent researcher at School of Medicine at Autonomus University of Campeche (Campeche, Campeche. México) since I got an academic position equivalent in US to a Full Professor.
Later, Universidad Anáhuac Mayab placed in Mérida, Yucatán (México) invited me to become part of the academic staff. Currently, I am a Full Professor at School of Medicine in the Universidad Anáhuac Mayab. I have got Fundings from National Council of Science and Technology (México) which had allow me to develop my academic career as independent investigator which also includes activities such as workshops, seminars, symposia, lab management, and mentoring students.
I have participated in various academic activities, from teaching at degree level to coordinate graduate courses. At this moment, I am part of the body as reviewer for journals such as Journal of Neurology, The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, among others and my academic production includes over 35 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 10 book chapters and numerous appearances at conferences, both nationally and internationally.
Additionally, I am an active member of several scientific societies, including the Mexican Society for Research and Sleep Medicine, Society for Neuroscience, Sleep Research Society and the International Cannabinoid Research Society.
I have received academic awards, as The 2003 Young Investigator Award given by the World Federation of Sleep Research Societies as well as The Young Investigator 2004 Honorable Mention awarded by the Sleep Research Society. In México, I belong to the National System of Researchers.
Finally, the lines of research developed in my lab include the study of neurophysiological mechanisms activated by endocannabinoids on sleep.