Connecting European Neuroscience

Raul Andero

Programme Committee Member FENS Forum 2020

Curriculum Vitae

Professional and Academic Career

  • Since 2016: Ramón y Cajal Investigator (Tenure-Track Faculty Position). Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • 2015: Instructor in Psychiatry (Faculty position). McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA.
  • 2011: Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Advisor: Kerry Ressler MD PhD. Emory University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • 2010: PhD in Neuroscience. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Mentor: Antonio Armario PhD, School of Biosciences.
  • 2005: MSc in Psychobiology. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Mentor: Margalida Coll PhD, School of Psychology.
  • 2003: BS in Clinical Psychology. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Honours and Awards

  • Postdoctoral / Faculty Travel Awards:
    • Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS) (2017).
    • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) (2015).
    • International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC) (2014).
    • Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion (WSOE) (2013).
    • Society of Biological Psychiatry’s Annual Meeting (SOBP) (2013)
    • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) (2012, 2014).
  • Best Innovation of 2014: Repurposed Drug for PTSD. Emory University (2015).
  • Career Development Leadership Award. American Association of Anxiety & Depression (ADAA) (2015).
  • Outstanding Postdoc Award. Emory University, School of Medicine (2013).
  • New Investigator Award. NCDEU: American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) (2013).
  • Extraordinary Doctoral Prize. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2011).

General Administrative and Organisational Experience

  • 2017: Chair, Symposium at the National Congress of the Spanish Society for Neuroscience (SENC). Gene Expression in Learning and Memory. Alicante, Spain.
  • 2017: Chair, Symposium at Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP). New Perspectives for Understanding Networks in Anxiety and Fear-Based Disorders. San Diego, USA.
  • 2016: Scientific Committee, B-Debate. Early Life Experience. Vulnerability or Resilience? Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2015: Chair, Symposium at Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP). Understanding Fear Circuits to Identify Effective Treatments. Toronto, Canada.
  • 2011-2013: Co-organizer and co-founder of the Amygdala Social at Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

Research Interests 

I am interested in how internal states of the organisms and their interactions with the external world influence behavior. More specifically, my lab studies how stress changes the molecular mechanisms underlying fear memories in the brain of both mice and humans. Additionally, we aim to understand sex differences in these fear memory circuits. We believe that improving our knowledge of the fear memory mechanisms and circuits will help to translate basic findings into the clinic. Thus, we could find more effective treatments for patients suffering anxiety and fear-based disorders such as Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder or specific phobias. 

Selected Publications 

  1. Flores Á, Fullana MÀ, Soriano-Mas C, Andero R* (2018). Lost in translation: how to upgrade fear memory research. Molecular Psychiatry. Nov 23(11):2122-2132. *Corresponding author.
  2. Marín-Blasco I, Muñoz-Abellán C, Andero R, Nadal R, Armario A (2018). Neuronal activation after prolonged immobilization: do the same or different neurons respond to a novel stressor? Cerebral Cortex. Apr 1; 28(4):1233-1244.
  3. Wingo AP, Velasco ER, Florido A, Lori A, Choi DC, Jovanovic T, Ressler KJ, Andero R* (2018). Expression of PPM1F gene is regulated by stress and associated with anxiety and depression. Biological Psychiatry. Feb 1; 83(3):284-295. *Corresponding author.
  4. Andero R*, Daniel S, Guo JD, Bruner R, Seth S, Marvar PJ, Rainnie D, Ressler KJ (2016). Amygdala-dependent molecular mechanisms of the Tac2 pathway in fear learning. Neuropsychopharmacology. Oct; 41(11):2714-22. *Corresponding author.
  5. Sawamura T, Klengel T, Jovanovic T, Armario A, Norrholm S, Ressler KJ, Andero R* (2016). Dexamethasone enhances fear extinction and modulates FKBP5 in a PTSD-like model. Neuropsychopharmacology. Feb; 41(3):832-46. *Corresponding author.
  6. Dias B, Goodman JV, Ahluwalia R, Andero R, Ressler KJ (2014). Amygdala-dependent fear memory consolidation via miR-34a and Notch signaling. Neuron. Aug:20; 83(4):1–13.
  7. Andero R*, Dias BG, Ressler KJ (2014). A role for Tac2, NkB and Nk3 receptor in normal and dysregulated fear memory consolidation. Neuron. Jul:16; 83(2):444-54. *Corresponding author.
  8. Andero R, Brothers SP, Jovanovic T, Chen YT, Salah-Uddin H, Cameron M, Bannister TD, Almli L, Stevens JS, Bradley B, Binder EB, Wahlestedt W, Ressler KJ (2013). Oprl1 regulation of amygdala-dependent fear in mice and humans with PTSD. Science Translational Medicine. 5, 188ra73.
  9. Andero R, Daviu N, Escorihuela RM, Nadal R, Armario A (2012). 7, 8-dihydroxyflavone, a TrkB receptor agonist, blocks long-term spatial memory impairment caused by immobilization stress in rats. Hippocampus. Mar; 22(3):399-408.
  10. Andero R, Heldt SA, Ye K, Liu X, Armario A, Ressler KJ (2011). Effect of 7, 8-dihydroxyflavone, a small-molecule TrkB agonist, on emotional learning. American Journal of Psychiatry. Feb; 168(2):163-72.


Raul Andero

Ramón y Cajal Investigator – Group Leader
Institute of Neurosciences
Department of Psychobiology and Methodology of Health Sciences
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
CIBERSAM – Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
Contact Information:
Office M1-141, Institute of Neurosciences, UAB Campus
Bellaterra, Cerdanyola del Vallès, 08193
Barcelona, Spain