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Monica Folgueira

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ucgaffo@ucl.ac.uk
00 44 (0)20 7679 3343 (t)
00 44 (0)20 7679 7349 (f)

I have recently moved from UCL and my cv is below for reference only.

EDUCATION

2000-2005: PhD. in Neuroscience, Univ. of A Coruña, Spain.
1995-1999: Degree in Biological Sciences, Univ. of A Coruña, Spain

HISTORY

During my PhD, I performed a comprehensive study of the neuroanatomy and connections of different brain regions of a teleost fish, by means of histochemical and tract-tracing techniques. In ray-finned fishes, it has been described based mainly on adult morphology that the telencephalon undergoes a peculiar process of morphogenesis called eversion. As a consequence of that process, it is difficult to establish homologies between areas of the telencephalon of teleost fishes and that of other vertebrates. So during my studies of brain neuroanatomy, I paid particular attention to analyze the connections of the telencephalon with the aim of shedding light on this issue.

Given its role in modulating complex behaviours, studies of the telencephalon are very fascinating for me and this striking region of the brain remains one of my main interests. My previous research revealed that the telencephalon of teleost fishes is not as simple as historically proposed: complex circuitries are evident within this region, with many similarities with the patterns described for other vertebrates. I believe that studies of the forebrain of fish offer outstanding possibilities for combining genetic, neuroanatomical and behavioural approaches. So after finishing my PhD, I wanted to develop the skills and experience that would allow me to further exploit the fish CNS as a model system, particularly with respect to the development of the early functional circuits in the brain.

I am currently collaborating in two projects at UCL, co supervised by Steve Wilson and Jon Clarke. As the developmental mechanisms underlying telencephalic eversion are not well understood, I was very interested in analyzing in detail the morphogenesis of the telencephalon by using modern techniques. Working together with Jon and Philippa Bayley, I’m trying to address this question in the zebrafish. I also joined efforts with Tom Hawkins and Kate Turner to build up the online interactive atlas of zebrafish brain development.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Folgueira M, Bayley P, Navratilova P, Becker TS, Wilson SW, Clarke JD. (2012)
Morphogenesis underlying the development of the everted teleost telencephalon.
Neural Dev. 2012 Sep 18;7(1):32. [Epub ahead of print]
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Folgueira M, Sueiro C, Rodríguez-Moldes I, Yáñez J, Anadón R. (2007)
The organization of the torus longitudinalis in the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): An immunohistochemical study of the GABAergic system and a DiI tract-tracing study.
J Comp Neurol 503: 348-370
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Folgueira M, Anadón R, Yáñez J. (2006)
Afferent and efferent connections of the cerebellum of a salmonid, the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): a tract tracing study.
J Comp Neurol 497: 542-565
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Folgueira M, Anadón R, Yáñez J. (2005)
Experimental study of the connections of the preglomerular nuclei and corpus mamillare in the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss.
Brain Res Bull 66: 361–364
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Folgueira M, Anadón R, Yáñez J. (2004 )
An experimental study of the connections of the telencephalon in the rainbow trout (O. mykiss). II. Dorsal area and preoptic region.
J Comp Neurol 480: 204-233
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Folgueira M, Anadón R, Yáñez J. (2004)
An experimental study of the connections of the telencephalon in the rainbow trout (O. mykiss). I. Olfactory bulb and ventral area.
J. Comp. Neurol. 480: 180-203
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Folgueira M, Anadón R. Yáñez J. (2003)
Experimental study of the connections of the gustatory system in the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss.
J Comp Neurol 465: 604-619
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Folgueira M, Huesa G, Yáñez J, Anadón R. (2002)
The nucleus subglomerulosus of the trout is a link between chemosensory and visual systems: a DiI study.
Brain Res Bull 57: 327-330
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