Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
The Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology group investigates the molecular mechanisms that control neurotransmission. We are interested in all aspects related to the cell biology of synapses, paying particular attention to events related to the trafficking of synaptic vesicles. The group has its origins in the use of toxins, particularly neurotoxins, to study cellular and tissular processes related to regulated secretion (neurotransmitters, hormones). Our findings have a broad translational interest and are particullarly relevant to synaptopathies, which are diseases that cause synaptic disfunctions and include, for example, autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia or many neurodegenerative diseases.