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Olga Barca Mayo

Group Leader | Ramón y Cajal Researcher
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Olga Barca obtained her PhD in Neuroendocrinology at the Department of Physiology (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain) in 2008. After obtaining her PhD degree, she moved as post-doc to the Laboratory of Dr Roy Weiss and Dr Samuel Refetoff, at the Department of Medicine of the University of Chicago where she focused on endocrinology and metabolism in physiological and pathological conditions. The long-term interest in neuroscience and neurophysiology prompted her to pursue a second Post-doc experience and in (2011) she moved to the laboratory of Dr Richard Lu at the Developmental Department in UTSW (Dallas, Texas) to investigate glia development and physiology.

In 2013, she moved as a senior Post Doc at the Neurobiology of miRNAs and IIT-NetS3 laboratories at the Dpt. of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies (Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT, Genova, Italy). At IIT, she was awarded with two Marie Curie Fellowships (CIG and IEF) to explore the contribution of astrocyte circadian rhythms ("astroclock") to the timekeeping system. Two years later, in 2015, she was awarded with a Cariplo Research Grant to explore the role of "astroclock" in diseases associated with altered circadian rhythms, such as metabolic and age-associated neuropathology.

In 2020 she established his group at the Center for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases (CiMUS, Spain) as a Ramón y Cajal researcher.

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