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Mr Gerardo Mendez Victoriano 

MSc Neuroscience

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Gerardo Mendez is an MSc Neuroscience student within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Completed my Undergraduate degree in Psychology at the Universidad de Colima, Mexico in December 2017; where I got the chance to do my thesis project in the Neuroscience laboratory of Dr. Oscar Gonzalez-Perez, entitled: Effects of focal cortico-striatal tract demyelination on social, motor-stereotypical behavior, and c-Fos expression in the CD1 juvenile mouse brain.

MSc Funding:

September 2017–September 2019: Fully-Funded Scholarship. CONACyT International Scholarship. Colima State 2018. 
September 2019: Tuition Fees Scholarship. University of Southampton – Santander Universities Scholarship. Latin American Students.

Research interests

During my BSc in Psychology in the Universidad de Colima, Mexico; I got the chance to do my thesis project in the Neuroscience laboratory of Dr. Oscar Gonzalez-Perez. Since I am really interested and convinced in the hypothesis that glial cells, specifically oligodendrocytes and myelin disruption, have a fundamental role in the pathogenesis of several psychiatric disorders, especially in schizophrenia; the aim of my project was to evaluate the effects of a focalized demyelinating lesion over social, motor-stereotypical behavior and neuronal activity changes in the juvenile mice brain.

Currently, by obtaining a fully-funded international scholarship, got the chance to do my MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Southampton, where I keep in the line of glial cells implications in schizophrenia; now working in the Dr. Delphine Boche lab, evaluating microglial changes in human post-mortem brain tissue of schizophrenia patients.

Aims for the future:

After all the lived through these years of scientific career my vision is clear, study a PhD degree in schizophrenia research, and through that, continue generating experience in the research field.

Masters research project, tentative title: Evaluation of microglial and macrophages immunomarkers on human post-mortem brain tissue of schizophrenia patients.

Supervisor: Prof. Delphine Boche

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Affiliate research groups

Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Clinical Neuroscience Research group

Mr Gerardo Mendez Victoriano
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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