MSc/PhD Program
Erika Avendano Guzmán
First Name:

Last Name:
Avendaño Guzmán



Erika Avendaño Guzmán


College / University:
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Highest Degree:
B.Sc. (Biology)

Major Subjects:
Neurosciences, Cell Physiology

Lab Experience:
Cell culture, epifluorescence microscopy, cell viability assays, neurite outgrowth measuring, quantification of reactive oxygen species assays

Projects / Research:
Aug 2010 – Feb 2012: “The role of the reactive oxygen species in the throphic actions of BDNF and NMDA in cerebellar granule cells”. Thesis project. Cell Physiology Institute, UNAM, DF, Mexico
Mar – Sep 2011: “Mechanisms or neuronal death”. Social Service. Cell Physiology Institute, UNAM, DF, Mexico

2012 - 2013: Stipend of the Excellence Foundation for the Promotion of the Max Planck Society
Aug 2011 – Jan 2012: PAPIIT Scholarship "Support Program for Research and Technological Innovation"
Feb – July 2011: Professor assistant scholarship. National Researchers System (SNI)
2010: Scholarship for higher education programs, Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) of Mexican Federal Government


From my point of view the neuron operates in such a fascinating and puzzling way. Neurons function not only in a quite efficient and specialized manner but also depending on very special requirements. My main research interest lies in the intrinsic mechanisms that neurons have developed to regulate physiological processes, such as survival, differentiation, neurite outgrowth and death. My main goal is to increase my experience in all main topics of brain research, both in theory and laboratory techniques.