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Research centres : Centro de Biología Molecular "Severo Ochoa". CSIC-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid)

Francisco Zafra Gómez

He studied Biology in the Universities of Granada and the Autónoma in Madrid (UAM), taking his degree in the latter in 1982 with extraordinary honours. He obtained his Doctorate in the same University in 1987 and made postdoctoral visits to the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich (with a grant from EMBO), and the Anatomy Department of Oslo University (with a grant from EMBO). He has been Assistant Professor (1983-1993) and Tenured Professor (1993-2007) in the Department of Molecular Biology of the UAM, and since 2008 he is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the aforementioned department.

His research work has centred chiefly on the study of the molecular mechanisms that regulate neuronal excitability and neurotransmission (glutamatergic, GABA-ergic y glycinergic) and the physiological consequences, which are sometimes pathological, of the aforementioned neuronal activity. He has directed ten doctoral theses and has published around 70 works in prestigious international journals such as EMBO Journal, the Journal of Neuroscience, the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences USA, the Journal of Cell Biology, Cerebral Cortex, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, or Glia, among others. These papers have been cited more than 5,000 times by other authors.

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