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Sonia Villapol, Ph.D.

Georgetown University Medical Center

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                     - Faculty Member, Interdisciplinary Program of Neuroscience (IPN)

                     - Faculty Member, Master´s Degree in Integrative Neuroscience

                     - Faculty Member, Center for Neural Injury and Plasticity (CNIR)

© 2017, Sonia Villapol. Last updated  01/08/2018.

I graduated from the University of Santiago of Compostela, Spain in 2002 with a Bachelor´s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and received my Master´s degree and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain in 2007. Starting in 2007, I was working as a postdoctoral fellow at CNRS in the University Pierre and Marie Curie VI and at INSERM in Paris, France; and at NIH and USUHS/Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine in Bethesda, MD. In 2014, I joined to Georgetown University where I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience.

    en galego

    Sonia Villapol é Profesora de Neurociencias na Universidade de Georgetown en Washington DC (EEUU). Licenciada en Bioloxía Molecular pola Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (2003), e Doutora en Neurociencias pola Universidade Autónoma de Barcelona (2007). Traballou coma investigadora postdoutoral en laboratorios do Centro Nacional da Investigación científica (CNRS) da Universidade Pierre e Marie Curie VI e no Instituto Nacional de sanidade e investigación médica (INSERM) do Hospital Robert Debré, en París (Francia). No ano 2010 trasladouse a EEUU, traballou nos Institutos Nacionais de Salude (NIH) e no Centro de Neurociencias e Medicina Rexenerativa, en Maryland (EEUU). A súa investigación científica centranse no estudo de danos cerebrais, tanto infartos cerebrais, coma traumatismos craneoencefálicos, experimentando distintos tratamentos reparadores e explorando os mecanismos de resposta a múltiples procesos relacionados coa morte das neuronas.

           I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical Center. My scientific research has focused on elucidating the basic mechanisms and processes that occur after different types of brain injuries, including apoptosis, inflammation, neurogenesis or glial activation. Throughout my doctoral, postdoctoral training, and current position as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, my passion has been the pursuit of novel neurorestorative treatments for debilitating brain injuries and to open the door to alternative systemic therapies that may potentially provide repair and recovery in the damaged brain. Over the past several years, I have benefited from exceptional mentors that have provided me with the opportunity to focus on this line of research, while acquiring new skills and publishing impactful research.

My research goals and interests focus on the discovery of new treatments for patients afflicted by brain injuries. In support of my research initiatives, I continuously work to prepare preliminary data for research grant proposals to firmly establish the aforementioned research line centered around a targeted strategy for preventing peripheral inflammation following brain injury. Besides, I have never stopped to publish my work on high impact neuroscientific journals.

My research interests are mainly focused on the elucidating of mechanisms of cell death, gliosis, inflammation and neurogenesis via several models of brain damage (excitotoxicity, ischemia and trauma), and how inflammatory mediators connect the brain with the periphery. To date, my research has mainly been dedicated towards the development of novel therapeutics to repair the brain after damage, focusing on endogenous inhibitors of apoptosis, nitric oxide, melatonin or angiotensin II receptor inhibitors and exploiting their protective roles in the brain.
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