Back Frontera, Jimena


Departament de Medicina i Ciències de la Vida
Grup de Recerca en Neurobiologia del Comportament
Postdoctoral Researcher

She graduated in Biology, specialization in animal physiology and neurosciences (2010), at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina. She obtained her International master’s degree in biomedical sciences (2012, UBA-University of Freiburg), and her PhD in Biology (2015) from the University of Buenos Aires, studying neurogenesis and neural differentiation mechanisms of olfactory neural stem cells.

During her postdoctoral training, she has focused her research on understanding the circuits and mechanisms underlying learning, memory and behavior, especially those related to emotions.

In 2015, she worked at the Institute of Cellular Biology and Neurosciences (UBA-CONICET), studying the interactions between the endocannabinoid system and the dopamine and serotonin systems.

Then, in 2016, she joined the Institute of Biology at the “Ecole Normale Supérieure” in Paris, where she studied the cerebellar contribution to emotional learning and memories. Her research has described novel pathways linking the cerebellum to the anxiety and fear network.  

In 2022, she joined the Pasteur Institute in Paris, to study the contribution of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in cognitive processes and their implication in Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Currently, she has joined the Neurobiology of Behavior Research Group (GReNeC), at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Her research project is focused on studying the effects of perinatal alcohol exposure in cognition, emotional memories, and interactions with the endocannabinoid system.