Mechanotransduction and nociception

The research group is part of a cluster of researchers which general interest is focussed on studying the mechanisms involved in sensory transduction and nociception (see Our studies involve the use of a variety of techniques such as electrophysiological recordings (patch-clamp,extracellular single fibre recordings in vivo), imaging techniques (calcium measurement and confocal microscopy), molecular techniques (RT-PCR), molecular profiling (RNASeq) and behavioral testing to different animal models of chronic pain (diabetic neuropathy, chemotherapy-related pain, arthritic pain). Lab size is formed by 2 staff researchers, 1-2 postdocs, 3 PhD students and 1 technician. Since 2014 I am a co-leader of a public and private research funding projects with Dr. Félix Viana, therefore we share the material and personal resources.

Main specialization

Scientific Area:
ERC discipline:
  • LS5 Neurosciences and Neural Disorders
Industrial Leadership:
  • 4. Biotechnology
  • 4.1. Boosting cutting-edge biotechnologies as future innovation drivers
Societal Challenges:
  • 1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • 1.04. Understanding disease