The scientific goal of the GNP is to understand genetic and molecular basis of development, function and disease of the Nervous System. The program covers three main areas:

Developmental Neurobiology, focussing on the study of cellular and molecular mechanisms that operate very early during embryonic development to ensure patterning and cell fate specification in the nervous system,

Genetics of Cognitive Functions, with ans special emphasis in two pathologies, Williams-Beuren Syndrom and Autism Spectrum Disorder,

Neuropharmacology, focussing on the neurobiological substrate of drug addiction, pain, affective and eating disorders, with a main interest in the development of research lines aimed at the identification of new therapeutic targets in the Central Nervous System.

Coordinator: MALDONADO LÓPEZ, Rafael



Group Leaders


Rafael Maldonado and Andrés Ozaita


Luis Pérez Jurado

Developmental Biology.


 Fernando Giráldez 

Neurobiology of Sensory Systems Berta Alsina
Neurodevelopmental Dynamics Cristina Pujades
Endocrine regulatory genomics
Lorenzo Pasquali


Affiliated group