The group's research focuses on the study of the amygdala, a very complex structure of the brain involved in the control of emotions, behavior and social cognition, which is altered in different psychiatric disorders. Our group tries to decipher the structural and functional organization of the amygdala using a perspective of evolutionary development biology.
Our research has shown that the amygdala is formed by multiple subtypes of neurons with different embryonic origin. As the embryonic origin conditions the cellular phenotype, this information can help decipher the general principles that underlie the establishment of the amygdala connections. With this vision in mind, the group is currently developing research to study the transcriptome and the connections of the amygdala neurons with different embryonic origin. The results will help to better understand the neural networks in which the amygdala is involved, which will allow understanding the functioning of the amygdala in health conditions and in different psychiatric disorders.