About me



Sonia Villapol, Ph.D.


Georgetown University Medical Center


New Research Building, EG17
3970 Reservoir Rd, NW
      Washington, DC 20057  
 
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Lab: 202-687-1804
Office: 202-687-0283

Faculty Profile: gufaculty360

                     - 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  11/10/2017.
               


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

Son Profesora de Neurociencias na Universidade de Georgetown en Washington DC (EEUU). Bióloga molecular de formación pola Universidade de Santiago de Compostela no ano 2003, e Doutora en Neurociencias pola Universidade Autónoma de Barcelona no ano 2007. Traballei 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 trasladeime a EEUU, onde realicei investigacións nos Institutos Nacionais de Salude (NIH) e no Centro de Neurociencias e Medicina Rexenerativa, en Maryland (EEUU). As miñas investigacións neurocientíficas centranse no estudio de danos cerebrais, tanto infartos cerebrais, coma traumatismos, experimentando distintos tratamentos reparadores. Apaixoame o estudio do cerebro e os seus mecanismos de resposta a múltiples procesos.

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.



EDUCATION

02/2003 – 10/2007

Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Institute of Neuroscience and Department of Cellular Biology, Physiology and Immunology at Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

02/2003 – 10/2004

M.S. Degree in Neuroscience

Institute of Neuroscience and Department of Cellular Biology, Physiology and Immunology at Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

DESE Neuroscience (Graduate degree in Specialized Studies), 2003.

DEA Neuroscience (Graduate degree in Advanced Studies), 2004.

10/1997– 12/2002

B.Sc. Degree in Biology (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology).

University of Santiago of Compostela, Spain.



  Undergraduate and Postgraduate TRAINING

08/2010 – 04/2014

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM).

Department of Pharmacology. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUSH), Bethesda, MD.

Supervisor: Dr. Aviva Symes.

Research Project: “Angiotensin II receptor blockers as potential therapeutics for TBI”.

09/2010 – 09/2013

Postdoctoral Fellow / Special Volunteer at National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Section on Pharmacology, NIMH, NIH, Bethesda, MD.

Supervisor: Dr. Juan Saavedra.

Research Project: “Effect of candesartan to ameliorate the neuronal injury and behavioral alterations resulting from TBI”.

10/2007-08/2010

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

-10/07 – 12/08 – UMR-CNRS 7102, Department of Neurobiology of Adaptive Processes. Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, (France).

-01/09- 07/10- Institute National de la Santé et de la Recherché (INSERM) at the Unit U676. Robert Debré Pediatric Hospital, Paris (France).

Supervisor: Dr. Christiane Charriaut-Marlangue.

Research Project: “Neuroprotection after neonatal stroke.”

08/2005, 08/2006, and 02/2007

Dissertation Research Stays: Pierre and Marie Curie University VI

UMR-CNRS 7102, Department of Neurobiology of Adaptive Processes. Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, (France).

Supervisor: Dr. Christiane Charriaut-Marlangue.

Research Project: “Astrocytic apoptosis after neonatal stroke.”

10/1997-12/2002

Undergraduate Laboratory Research Assistant

University of Santiago of Compostela, Galicia, (Spain).

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