Dr. Rebeca Hernández Soto obtained her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Biology from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico. She completed her master’s degree in Neurobiology and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, both with honors, from the Institute of Neurobiology of Querétaro from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She did a research stay at Seattle Children’s Research Hospital in Seattle Washington, USA, where she learned different approaches to electrophysiology in awake and anesthetized mice.
During her professional training, she has been interested in understanding the mechanisms of different neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy, among others. Among her different findings are behavioral and electrophysiological alterations in the olfactory system in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as alterations in smell in models of epilepsy and obstructive sleep apnea. She has published different research articles in international journals. She has been invited to teach some topics as a professor at the Institute of Neurobiology and has participated in the academic training of some students of different levels such as bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She was distinguished as a candidate for the Alfonso Caso Award, which is awarded to the best Ph.D. students.
Currently, she is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Humanitas University of Milan, IT under the direction of Professor Michela Matteoli. As a specialist in electrophysiology, she is implementing her experience in different techniques, including multi-electrode recordings under in vitro and in vivo conditions working with neurodevelopmental disorders induced by alterations in TREM2 expression.