Laboratorio Molina

   Dr. Juan Carlos Molina

Dr. Juan Carlos Molina, is a Superior Investigator of CONICET and Professor of Experimental Psychobiology at the National University of Córdoba. He is Dr. in Psychology and directs the Laboratory of Alcohol, Ontogeny and Learning of the Ferreyra Institute, from 1986 to the present. The line of research that he has been developing during all these years is based on the study of how early experiences with alcohol – be it during prenatal stages or childhood – affect the response to the drug in later stages of development. The affective value of these early memories and the effect they exert on the pattern of recognition, acceptance and subsequent consumption of the drug are investigated.

jmolina@immf.uncor.edu

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Associate Researchers

   Dr. Sebastián Miranda

Dr. Sebastián Miranda has an Adjunct Researcher position at CONICET and an Assistant Professor position in the Experimental Psychobiology Department at the Faculty of Psychology, National University of Córdoba. He graduated as a Biologist in 2007 from the School of Biology (National University of Córdoba) and obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences (2012) from the same University. The doctoral project was carried out with a fellowship from CONICET under the direction of Dr. Paula Abate. In 2011 he moved to the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he completed his doctoral thesis and continued with a postdoctoral researcher position under the direction of Dr. Norman Spear. He investigated the involvement of nociceptin/orphanin FQ receptors in ethanol reinforcement in infant rats. In 2013, he returned to Argentina and granted a postdoctoral fellowship of CONICET under the direction of Dr. Pautassi in the Ferreyra Institute. Since 2016 he is a member of the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) with a research position in the Behavioral Laboratory of the Ferreyra Institute (INIMEC-CONICET-UNC). Dr. Miranda’s research aims to analyze the role of family structure and early attachment on the behavior and alcohol reinforcement in infants, adolescents and adults. The use of an animal mouse model will allow an ethological approach to the phenomenon, as well as will allow to analyze behavioral and neurobiological responses to alcohol in both, the offspring and the parents.

smiranda@immf.uncor.edu

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Laboratorio Pautassi

   Dr. Ricardo Pautassi

Dr. Ricardo Pautassi is an Independent Researcher at CONICET. He graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology and a Doctor of Biological Sciences, both degrees obtained at the National University of Córdoba, where he is Professor of the Chair of Neurophysiology and Psychophysiology of the Faculty of Psychology – UNC. In addition, he is the director of the Doctorate in Psychology (Faculty of Psychology). He completed post-doctoral stays at the State University of New York at Binghamton, under the auspices of the Fulbright Commission. His research aims to analyze the rewarding effects of alcohol in adolescence, using experimental animal and human models. The main objective is to determine predictive factors for the vulnerability of excessive alcohol consumption in adolescents and underlying neurobiological mechanisms. Dr. Ricardo Pautassi is an Independent Researcher at CONICET. He graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology and a Doctor of Biological Sciences, both degrees obtained at the National University of Córdoba, where he is Professor of the Chair of Neurophysiology and Psychophysiology of the Faculty of Psychology – UNC. In addition, he is the director of the Doctorate in Psychology (Faculty of Psychology). He completed post-doctoral stays at the State University of New York at Binghamton, under the auspices of the Fulbright Commission. His research aims to analyze the rewarding effects of alcohol in adolescence, using experimental animal and human models. The main objective is to determine predictive factors for the vulnerability of excessive alcohol consumption in adolescents and underlying neurobiological mechanisms.

rpautassi@immf.uncor.edu

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Associate Researchers

Dr. María Carolina Fabio.

Dr. María Carolina Fabio is an Assistant Researcher at CONICET and Assistant Professor of Experimental Psychobiology at the Faculty of Psychology, National University of Córdoba. She graduated with a BA in Psychology (2008) and a PhD in Biological Sciences (2014). She completed her doctoral training at Ferreyra Institute under the direction of Dr. Ricardo Pautassi, working on animal models of adolescent initiation to ethanol and possible risk factors for the development of problematic consumption of this drug. In 2015, she completed her postdoctoral stay at CIQUIBIC-CONICET-UNC with a postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Roth, where she worked on an animal model of multiple sclerosis in mice. Starting in November 2018, Dr. Fabio enters the career of CONICET as Researcher at the Behavioral Laboratory of the Ferreyra Institute (INIMEC-CONICET-UNC). Her research’s main objective is to analyze the effects produced by alterations in the serotonergic system during critical periods of development, mainly during the embryonic period. This model, initially, would generate phenotypes of different psychiatric and developmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety disorders and development of problematic alcohol consumption, among others.

mcfabio@immf.uncor.edu

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