Affiliated with Université Laval & CERVO Research Centre

Isabel Plasencia

Ph.D. Student

I am a Spanish Biologist who came to this laboratory attracted by sensory processing. My background is focused on neurodevelopment, specifically on cellular migration in the cerebral cortex. However, I decided to change over the topic and focus my Ph.D. on what I really liked since I started my studies on Biology.  After two years of specialty on Neuroscience in my Bachelor, and one year and a half of Master in Neuroscience, I was sure about the three things I like the most: sensory processing, molecular mechanisms and electrophysiology as the tool to study these mechanisms.  
In this laboratory I am interested on the molecular pathways involved in the disruption of the chloride homeostasis and consequent exacerbated pain processing that takes place in neuropathic pain. To this end, I use in vitro electrophysiology on the external laminae of the spinal cord, where nociceptive fibers make their first relay and where a general disinhibiton has been found after nerve injury.