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ORIHUEL MENÉNDEZ, JAVIER

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

Javier graduated in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and earned a Master’s degree in Psychobiological Research from the National Distance Education University (UNED) in 2015. He completed his PhD at UNED in 2021 with Merit Cum Laude and an extraordinary award, focusing on the long-term effects of adolescent cannabinoid exposure.

Javier's research methodology integrated multifaceted behavioral analysis, whole brain neuroimaging, state-of-the-art histological approaches, and RNA sequencing. He applied these techniques in the study of various addiction neuroscience topics, collaborating with different Spanish research groups; and working abroad in the Neuropsychopharmacology group at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP, Brazil ) and the Neurobiology of Relapse group at the National Institute of Health / National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA, USA).

Currently, Javier holds an international postdoctoral fellowship. His main research project is focus on the interplay between aging and substance use disorders, and links the study of cellular senescence with the expertise in addiction and alcohol-related research of the Neurobiology Behavior Research Group (GReNeC) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).