Elena Castro is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of the University of Cantabria (UC) and a research member of Prof. Pazos group at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (IBBTEC) and at the CIBERSAM (Centro de Investigación en Red en Salud Mental- Collaborative Research Network in Mental Health). She obtained a Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1987, and the PhD Degree from the same University in 1994, beginning her research in neuropharmacology (schizophrenia and antipsychotic drugs). In 1994, she was awarded a postdoctoral position (Fundación Botín) in Prof. Pazos research group (UC) to study the properties, location and modulation of serotonin receptors subtypes in the human and rodent brain. In 1997, she carried out a second postdoctoral stay (Spanish Ministry of Science) in Dr. Trevor Sharp's laboratory in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology (Oxford University), continuing her research on the field of antidepressant drugs using microdialysis and in situ hybridization techniques. Back to Spain in, she worked as a Research Associate (Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, UC 1997/2001) in contracts with the pharmaceutical company FAES FARMA S.A in research projects related to the "Evaluation of active molecules on serotonergic and dopaminergic systems". In 2006, she obtained a position as Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the University of Cantabria (Profesor Contratado Doctor) and in 2011 she was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Profesor Titular). Her research lines are related with the implication of different neurotransmission systems in the neurobiology of depression and in the mechanism of action of antidepressant drugs (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6750-5519). Regarding her academic profile, she is teaching Pharmacology in the Degree of Medicine and the Degree of Nursery. She is the Interuniversitary Coordinator of the "Master's Degree in Research in Mental Health" (CIBERSAM), and she belongs to the lecturer's staff "Master's Degree in Molecular Biology and Medicine" (UC/UPV).
For this purpose, studies in laboratory animals, models of depression and psychosis, and in blood and postmortem samples from depressed and schizophrenic patients are carried out. Behavioural, pharmacological (in vivo assays, receptor labeling), cell biology (immunocytochemistry, neurogenesis), biochemical (second messengers, G proteins), electrophysiological (in vivo and slice recordings) and molecular approaches (gen silencing, transfected receptors) are used.
Instituto de Biomedicina y Biotecnología de Cantabria.
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