The brains behind the brains.


María Llorens-Martín

Principal Investigator

My main research interest is to exploit the therapeutic potential of adult neurogenesis to treat human diseases. I am the principal investigator of the LlorensLab.

PhD Student


Julia Terreros Roncal

I obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. I chose to study Biochemistry to deepen my knowledge on the molecular alterations that underlie Alzheimer’s disease. I joined María Llorens-Martín's lab in 2016 to undertake my PhD. My doctorate thesis is focused on adult hippocampal neurogenesis and neurodegenerative diseases. I aim to address the alterations, at the subcellular level, that drive the malfunctioning of newborn neurons in neurodegenerative diseases.

PhD Student


Elena Moreno Jiménez

I obtained my BSc in Biology from the Universidad de Granada, and my MSc in Neuroscience from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. During my master’s thesis at the Cajal Institute, I gained expertise in cellular neurobiology techniques and Alzheimer’s disease. In 2018, I joined María Llorens-Martín´ lab to pursue my PhD. My major research interests are to understand the process of synaptic integration of new dentate granule cells generated through adult hippocampal neurogenesis, and to unveil how neurodegenerative diseases alter this unique process.


Miguel de la Flor García

I studied Veterinary Sciences at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with a focus on the developmental neurobiology field. Then, I pursued a master's degree in "Biomolecules and Molecular Biology" at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, for which I joined María Llorens-Martín´s lab in 2018. My master's thesis was focused on the role of GSK3β on murine adult hippocampal neurogenesis. I am currently undertaking my Ph.D. project at Llorenslab, focused on human adult hippocampal neurogenesis and the unique characteristics of the dentate gyrus neurogenic niche in humans.

Research Assistant


Carla Rodríguez Moreno

I studied Biology at Universidad de Salamanca before pursuing my MSc in Neuroscience at INCYL in the same university. I joined Maria Llorens-Martín lab in 2019 as a research assistant. I am interested in adult hippocampal neurogenesis and its role in neurodegenerative diseases.

PhD, Postdoctoral fellow


Berenice Márquez Valadez

During my PhD in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at the CINVESTAV in Mexico, I studied the role of histamine H1 receptor in dopaminergic neurogenesis in embryonic rat development. In 2020, I joined María Llorens-Martín´s lab as a postdoctoral researcher (supported by a CONACYT-CBMSO fellowship). My major research interest is to understand the alterations in human adult neurogenic that occur in several brain diseases, and in particular, the morphological changes that take place in dentate granule cells throughout Alzheimer’s disease progression.

Former lab members

Laura Álvarez, undergraduate student (2020-2021)

Héctor Cañeque, BSc and MSc student (2018-2020)

Noemí Pallas-Bazarra, PhD student (2013-2019)


Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa (CBMSO) Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Campus de Cantoblanco)
C/ Nicolás Cabrera 1 - 28049 Madrid (Spain)

María Llorens-Martín (PI)
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