Post-Doctoral Research Associate
I am a Cognitive Neuroscientist working at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. I use cognitive, behavioural and neuroimaging techniques (i.e., structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging) to understand the neural mechanisms of cognitive, behavioural and emotional dysfunctions in several psychiatric and neurological disorders in order to develop more effective pharmacological and psychological treatments.
I completed my PhD at the University of Granada (Spain) which was focused on the application of brain imaging to the study of substance dependence.
I am interested in the application of brain imaging to the study of mental health disorders. I have worked with healthy volunteers and patients with substance dependence, obesity, depression, postoperative cognitive impairment, and traumatic brain injury.
I am currently leading a study aimed to understand the factors that contribute to appetite and eating patterns in healthy individuals and those for whom eating patterns may have become disrupted; The SPICE study (Studying the psychological and interoceptive contributions to eating).
Outside work I enjoy running, painting and belly dance and I am committed to the inclusion of minorities and women in science.