Valentina Olivera PasilioCountry of origin: Uruguay Currently in: United States, Chicago General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Degrees2013 Master Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology2010 Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Current Research Activities
Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
During my PhD project, I am studying the role of oxytocin in fear and anxiety in a specific brain region known as bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST). This region is involved in processing anxiety and is highly connected with the central amygdala, a region involved in fear. By modulating the amygdala, the BNST might control fear and anxiety-like behaviors. Oxytocin, through oxytocin receptors located in the BNST was shown to reduce anxiety and increase fear.
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:Higher Education Study